One stop shop for start-up tools and resources?


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I'm looking for a website that has all the tools and resources one might need to start a company. Anything from business plan templates to legal docs to reviews on potential vendors (e.g. who should I use to make sure my emails to consumers get delivered).

I know these things exist in pieces (so please don't refer me to those), but I am really looking for recommendations on websites that cater to start-ups and any tools and resources they may need throughout their early stages.

Thanks!

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asked Nov 11 '10 at 17:48
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User5336
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  • What advantage do you see in being able to access all this stuff in one place? – Susan Jones 9 years ago
  • Well, I suppose convenience and the ability to provide feedback in the form of reviews of comments. E.g. if I need to choose an email deliverability vendor, my course of action would be to start searching via google, crunchbase, etc. I may post questions here or on Linked In Answers. The whole process may take a lot more time looking for the answer as opposed to have a specific resource center aimed at providing a list of the main providers, some user generated content for each, reviews, etc. The comment that there are too many – User5336 9 years ago
  • oops, got cut off. The comment that it is too broad and there are too many topics to cover is a good one, but that's what make the site more useful. But, I guess that's what Google is for... – User5336 9 years ago

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As others have stated, there is no one stop shop. There are just too many things you need to know, and do, for any one place to have expertise in all the areas.

The closest thing I can think of is Bob Walsh's StartupToDo. It's not a free service. Bob has very little information visible to the public, and I've never participated in the program, but I have heard good things about it. My understanding is that the program provides you with lots of checklists of things to do for just about everything you can think of. However, I don't think they have templates or legal documents. I know some of the other members here have participated in this program in the past, hopefully they can share more with you.

Take a look at this question: Is StartUpToDo.com worth it? Also take a look at this question: Is Micropreneur Academy worth it?. The Micropreneur Academy is also a paid service similar to StartupToDo. It is hosted by Rob Walling of softwarebyrob.com

answered Nov 12 '10 at 01:38
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Zuly Gonzalez
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  • these are all good pieces of feedback. thanks, folks. – User5336 9 years ago

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Google.com The needs of a startup are so large and diverse, that it is practically impossible to get them as a one size fits all solution.

There are a thousand ways to skin a cat, and there are thousands of those cats to be skinned....

NB: I am not affiliated to any of these sites.
answered Nov 12 '10 at 00:07
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Shree Mandadi
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I have never seen a one stop shop for everything you could possibly want to start a business, I think the reason is that each business can vary to a high degree, and that the business who offer services and products to business focus on a niche.

The closest thing I can think of is Microsoft. If you are a new business try to sign up for their Bizspark program. Microsoft is the only company I know that has spread out with so many offerings, including hosted exchange, books, training, etc. I think windows.live.domains now do domain registrations. But even they don't have all your bases covered.

It might be a good thing to not have all your eggs in one basket.

answered Nov 11 '10 at 19:29
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Frank
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Check out The Entrepreneurs School (http://www.theentrepreneurschool.com/). The site was launched by two entrepreneurs that have both acted as professors of entrepreneurial studies as well. One, Chris Hanks is currently the Director of Entrepreneurship at the U of Georiga. They've also just written a book, School for Startups, that reached #10 in business on Amazon.

The goal of their site is to give you all the tools you need, but there are fees for some of the stuff. Monthly fees to access certain templates, and I think, time with them. Though I think the fees are pretty reasonable ($30/month).

answered Jun 28 '11 at 07:42
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Kathy Ver Eecke
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Venturehacks is a good place to go for some of what you are looking for.

answered Nov 12 '10 at 01:59
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Tim J
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