Technology Consulting Services for Tech Start-Ups

Technology Consulting services specifically targeted for tech start-ups.

These services are offered with the specific needs of a start-up environment. The foundation is fluid, the infrastructure "cloud-based" and configured in such a way to allow for an agile development environment.

Typically the environment is something like: AWS|Linode|Rackspace + GNU/Linux + Apache|Nginx|Varnish + Rails|Zend|Django + RDS|MySQL. The code is backed in a git repository, with proper security permissions and of course we have a Work (development), Test and Live environment.

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Books and Blogs

The Founder's Dilemmas
The Startup Owner's Manual
Lean Machine

Market Research Tools

Google Survey
Survey Monkey
mTurk

Cloud Infrastructure

Amazon Web Service
Microsoft Azure
Heroku
Heroku is the leading open language cloud application platform and supports Ruby, Java, Python, Clojure, Scala, Node.js
PHPFog
PHP Cloud Platform
Joyent
Service Provider Cloud Software

Mock-Up & Wireframing Tools

Balsamiq
Axure
Mockingbird
Illustrator
Paper / Whiteboard
Omnigraffle
http://pencil.evolus.vn/en-US/Home.aspx
Proto.io
Silly-fast mobile prototyping.
http://codiqa.com/

Coding & Development Tools

Kendo
Haven’t used Kendo much but am exploring the mobile version for an application I am working on. Have used Sencha ExtJS extensively. Each framework approaches the world a bit differently as you might expect. ExtJS I believe has roots in the GWT framework and provides a complete framework that really supplants any declarative markup. It can interact but most folks do all of their layout, controls, etc all in JavaScript. The latest ExtJS release has been rocky. We adopted it early at a former company I was at and the performance on downlevel IE browsers was abysmal. The latest releases indicate IE is no longer supported I believe due to the performance issues. Kendo instead layers on top of jQuery and looks to extend declarative markup by providing larger grained building blocks that typically attach to declarative markup more like jQuery UI stuff.
Sencha ExtJS
Most folks mistake the Sencha ExtJS framework as “free” due to it’s GWT heritage however for use in commercial application it must be purchased from Sencha.

Code Libraries

http://www.humblesoftware.com/flotr2/
https://d3js.org
https://github.com/flot/flot
http://raphaeljs.com/
https://developers.google.com/chart/
https://www.fusioncharts.com/

Payment and Financial Processing

Stripe!
Stripe is stupid easy to use at the API layer, reasonable cost. Gets the job done fast. Do not use for Cannabis/Hemp/CBD
BrainTree
Chargify
Recurly
Dowalla
PayPal
Amazon Payments
Authorize.net

Load, Volume and Performance Testing

ab
Siege
httperf
JMeter
Blazemeter

Screen Sharing / Presenting

Join.me
Powered by Cisco/Citrix/
FuzeMeeting
Google Hangout with Extras
TeamViewer
Cost effective, multi-platform
Microsoft Lync Online
MeetingBurner
http://www.meetin.gs/
FreeScreenSharing

Site Related Tools / User Interaction

WalkMe
Creates embedded web-site walk-throughs and some user interaction
TourMyApp
JoyRide
Nabble
UserVoice
Olark

Telephone (SIP/VoIP) Services

OnSIP
Grasshopper