I'm looking for good-value, top-class applications and tools to support a new software startup. What recommendations do you have in the following categories?
I have in mind to use Google for email and documents, FogBugz for issue tracking and planning, GitHub for version control and MS Visual Studio from BizSpark for development environment.
Here is what I could tell (from experience):
Overall, what I learnt: Cheap is always too expensive. You waste your time (and your money) trying to run your own "free" software instead of buying and using what is already there...
Assembla (or any other competitor) => 1 day max and you are up and running.
How long will it take (and how much will it cost) if you install and run your own "free software"?
I'm Bradley Starr, CEO of Bizantra and this is a biased answer. Bizantra is an all in one management software suite for startups and small business. It contains a simple CRM module and has secure document and information sharing in its Shared Spaces. It also has order logging, employee record keeping and Finance. Finance is UK at the moment but will also be US shortly. Bizantra also works offline as well as online so you can do business anywhere.