What
we use

 

Discover the ever-growing list of apps, hacks and services we use to fuel our business and creativity. Look closely for offers, affiliate codes and free trials.

 
 
 
 
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Creativity.

Product Hunt

Leading into the future is both art and science. Get a head start on bubbling up consumer and cultural trends with Product Hunt. The free service features the best new products every day.

Design Field Guide

Take a crash course in human-centered design with IDEO's free field guide and unearth breakthrough solutions rooted in people’s actual needs. It'll change the way you look at the world.

Fonts @ Behance

Liven any presentation or pitch with beautiful bespoke typefaces offered for free by up-and-coming designers. My most-used are Monix Grotesque, BIG JOHN & Adam.

How I Built This

My new running companion. A weekly podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Available on iTunes.

Skillshare

Become a better, well, everything! Touch up on your programming, email marketing, photography and more. This link gives you 3 months' access for only $0.99.

Baloonr

Let the best ideas float to the top, not just the loudest. Start a Baloonr and before you know it you’ll have lots of anonymous, bias-free ideas from colleagues and customers

Feedly

Find, follow and share stories from your favourite blogs and news outlets. My Feedly provides me with regular inspiration for the Like No Other weekly newsletter.

Py

Hungry for new skills but no time to learn? From astrophysics and programming to history and everything in-between, free micro-learning app Py is the perfect tutor for those in a hurry.

Productivity.

Bear

Craft notes and big ideas across devices with this elegant alternative to Evernote. The minimalist interface is your saviour when inspiration strikes.

SelfControl

SelfControl is a free Mac app to block distracting websites. Create the list, set the timer and you can focus on what really matters.

Trello

Trello is a Scrum project's best friend. Whether I'm working alone or collaborating with others, I make sure our product backlog and sprints are on Trello.

Wunderlist

Keep good habits with this to-do scheduler. Wunderlist is straight-forward in look and feel, meaning it has had my almost attention daily for a few years now.

Harvest

Timetracking you'll actually use. Know where your time is spent and invoice appropriately. Click here for a free 30-day trial and $10 credit towards Pro.

Pocket

Build up a library of bookmarked articles you want to return to later. Perfect for binge reading at weekends and on long train journeys.

 

Misc.

Xero

Remove all the headaches normally associated with accounting, invoicing and VAT returns. Xero has transformed the timeliness and insight I have over my financials. Get 50% off for a year.

Hiscox Biz Insurance

A godsend for covering all the boring but important things in business. In my experience, Hiscox understand the start-up world better than any other insurer.

TopCashBack

I've recouped £3174.88 (+ counting) in cashback on purchases over the years.

Marketing.

Headline Analyzer

A best-kept secret to killer headlines. CoSchedule's free to use tool rates your words and shows you how to up your score. Addictive.

MailChimp

Powers the weekly Like No Other newsletter. Beautiful templates, detailed analytics, seamless integration - what more could you want?  Use this link for instant karma as I get credits. 

Squarespace

The magic behind many a good looking website, including this one. Has saved me tens of thousands on web development fees over the years.

Sumo

Get a whole host of free tools to grow your website's traffic and conversion. Sumo has really opened my eyes to what my website should be doing.

PicMonkey

A photo editor for the time conscious. I use PicMonkey religiously so I can dedicate more time to writing and promotion.

Startups.co

I seem to constantly find value in the Startups.co blog. Cutting through the usual content marketing noise, it's packed full of original advice on everything from ideation and marketing to leadership and funding.

 

CODING.

Treehouse

I'm currently learning to code. Having put it off for years Treehouse is the perfect video coach with online tutorials and coding challenges. Get a 7 day free trial.