Contributing Founders

Asaf Ahi-Mordehai

Co-founder & CTO


Everyone benefits from sharing this kind of knowledge. You’re able to harness the power of a smart crowd. This leads to good efficiency, more productive teams, and we’re all able to operate our teams better. There’s also a do-good factor in all of this, and you’ll inevitably get something in return for sharing your stacklist.

Aziz Ali

Founder & Chief Instructor


I am sharing because numerous times in my life, I have needed to know how people with the same problem I have are solving it. I solve certain problems everyday by researching and testing. If someone can benefit from my research and effort - I want to give back and help others have less challenge.

Ashwini Anburajan

Founder & CEO

Social Data Collective

The startup community thrives on recommendations, and Millennials especially seem to only trust recommendations from people they know. Sharing your stacklist seems like a very natural extension of all of that. Every single thing I use has come from word of mouth, except maybe Dropbox.

Jugal Anchalia



There are too many things for any one founder to learn, so we need to share with each other. For example, a very small stage company might not realize that they can use Unbounce and Google Sheets as a CRM and customer service tool, allowing them to avoid buying expensive tools at the beginning. This learning is very good, and I am happy to share it with other founders. Hopefully I can save them some headaches, and money! If there’s an alternative to MailChimp, I want to see it and use it, but I can’t just rely on someone to tell me about it. This is why I like the idea of Stacklist: instead of doing a Google search for similar tools, I can read what someone who has faced a similar experience has already tried, and read a review of what they recommend.

Ethan Anderson

Founder & CEO


Everyone has different needs. It’s hard to say because if one company uses a tool likes Salesforce, that wouldn’t work for a lot of other companies. I’m not sure it’s that important.

Jason Andrew

Co-founder & CEO

Limelight Health

Being able to share the best practices and helping someone understand the business will help everyone get better collectively.

Garyn Angel


Magical Butter

The key to a successful startup is knowing what to outsource, what to insource, and investing heavily in both. That’s why I like Stacklist - I think this service is useful for entrepreneurs. It has tremendous value in a community where entrepreneurs help one another.

Leore Avidar

Co-founder & CEO


It’s important to see what everyone else is using. It's great to get real feedback on what tools someone is using. These decision points occur every week at a company. Instead of talking to a company directly or making your own opinion, seeing what other companies use is a good indicator--without the diligence of talking to them.

Matias Baglieri

Founder & CEO


Knowledge is power, when applied. We can make the ecosystem more powerful by sharing with each other. And we can save ourselves time that is better used for improving our products, getting sales, and finding our minimum viable product (MVP).

Nathan Bashaw

Founder & CEO


Dylan Baskind

Co-founder & CEO


I am self-taught as a designer and engineer and I think that this was only possible because of the sharing culture of the early web and the software engineering world. Folks sharing their discoveries, insights, and pitfalls to avoid helps everyone in the game rise up.

Dan Belhassen

President & Founder


Stephanie Benedetto

Co-founder & CEO

Queen of Raw

Especially in this robust startup community, if there are tools that are tried, tested, and proven to work, it’s essential (especially for newer, cash-strapped startups) to get access to this information. We all need to share with, and support, each other!

Stan Berkow



Milena Berry

Co-founder & CEO


I’m all for sharing knowledge; it makes us all better. I’m really glad Stacklist exists!

Alex Betancur


Jump Ramp Games

Neeraj Bhardwaj

Founder & President

Loto Labs

I think it’s helpful for startups to be able to make the best decision they can. What I’ve learned is that helping other people helps you. It always has. I’m super helpful, and Stacklist seems like an easy way of moving faster by seeing people's failures and successes.

Samar Birwadker

Founder & CEO


It’s all about quantifying the wisdom of the crowd. Startups come out of the principle of democracy, and we need to practice that democracy amongst ourselves.

Maia Bittner



I love tools. Any problem that you can solve, there are always a few ways you can solve it. There’s a famous quotation that says you can solve a problem with money, people, or writing code, and writing code should be your last option. It’s deceptively expensive! You have to write it, test it, and maintain it. I prefer to use already-built tools whenever possible. The cost makes more sense than building your own tools, especially for startups. When you’re starting out, you have no engineering team to build the custom things you want. We found lots of tools through tribal knowledge, sales teams reaching out to me, or through a trial and error process. If you can make discovery easier, and you can make it shorter, and cheaper, that’s amazing. Time is the most important for startups.

Jeremy Bluvol



It’s really helpful because I’m constantly searching for new tools to use to solve various efficiency problems within the business. It’s really hard to find this stuff on the internet. My go-to has been Quora, which has been a poor resource. I’ve been trying BetterCompany, and it’s given me some answers for specific questions, but now I have a one stop shop for all these tools, which is awesome.

Stan Bokov

Co-founder & COO


It is important because it saves time and you can get recommendations from people who went down the same path. I believe that Stacklist can make things easier. There is a lot happening all the time. It is a good place to provide aggregate information for the community.

Mark Brandon



Michael Bremmer

Founder & CEO


The more you give to the world the more you get. The most exciting thing, nowadays, is what we can do to make things more automatic. The technology that we use every day works for us in that sense. Technology should be in the background, not even be noticed. It is there to make everyone’s life a little bit easier. That is why it is good to share it.

Jeff Brenner

Co-founder & CEO


It’s like anything else--you don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I wish people did more sharing of the platforms and tools they use. That way everyone gets to be more efficient and solve more problems.

Rose Broome



When you are a startup you have to make decisions very fast, and choose the best tool in order to make a great impact. The cost of switching to a new tool is high so it is better to get it right the first time.

Eli Broverman

Co-founder & COO


Chris Bruce

Founder & CEO


There are a lot of companies that are providing good values for startups and it’s hard for them to get the word out. Startups need less red tape--they need quick, easy to use tools. Enterprise products are more hassle than they are worth. Sharing helps you find a tool quickly and it’s important to find efficiencies.

Peter Cahill

Founder & CEO

LifeLine Response

It is useful because founders and startup employees can eliminate some of the “on the job” learning. Sometimes you have to bring in an expensive consultant to teach you how to do things. This should not be necessary because all startups want the same thing. They want to manage their business in the smoothest possible way, and to create a good experience for their customers. There should be tools out there to make this process more automatic.

Karen Cahn

Founder & CEO


Because it’s the right thing to do! Be a good human, because we’re all in this together. I feel a camaraderie, especially with female entrepreneurs, and I like sharing information. If I have a great trick, and I can help someone else out, sharing that information is the right thing to do. But recommendations and reviews are much more believable when you say how things really are; I’m a big fan of being honest. You can always tell when someone says, “It’s all so great!”, but there’s no mention of the struggle. You know intellectually that the struggle is there, and very real. It’s also important to share your stacklist to give props to the technologies that are making running our businesses easier! Helping their business also helps ours.

Carlo Capello

Co-founder & CEO


It’s always good to share and learn. I’m always curious to see what other startups are doing.

Holly Cardew

Founder & CEO


At the end of the day, every startup has its struggles, even if you don’t see it. If we share knowledge, all startups can grow faster. Yes, we all have competitors, but we are all trying to solve the same problems and do something amazing! When I started Pixc, we were manually replying to emails out of inbox until Zendesk was recommended to me.

Gregg Carey

Co-founder & VP of Operations


Christine Carrillo

Co-founder & CEO

Impact Health

When I was with Techstars, in those 3 months I met these incredible mentors and they showed me their tools or own tidbits of things so I didn't make the same mistakes. Also, I don't care about what a B2B company uses, but I really care about what a B2C company uses. Sharing tools is great for not needing to waste spending, or time doing research, so you can assess things much quicker. We (Techstars community) actually do this constantly on Slack for recommendations. When we got this link to Stacklist, it was like doing that but with a much larger network!

Marc Cenedella

Founder & CEO


Daniel Chait

Co-founder & CEO


Tim Chaves



It is helpful because technology is developing very rapidly. When you see verifiable recommendations, you can save time in selecting tools and future headaches.

Nikolai Chowdhury

Founder & Head of Operations


In general, any tools are personal, and there’s always a trial period. But it’s important to see what other people are using. Founders are particular about what they use to get things done, and being able to see someone else’s portfolio of tools is huge. And it’s a big plus to see their portfolio, especially if you admire them! It allows you to take away intelligence from them going through and testing everything. There’s good data in people’s stacklists that can really help you make your decisions in how something will fit into your workflow. I always sign up for things, and can figure out if I love or hate it in about a week. In general, the tools I end up retaining are from weeding out the ones I didn’t like. So sharing my stacklist will hopefully help someone else save that time weeding out tools that don’t work.

Nick Cinger

Technical Founder


Sharing your stacklist gives more exposure to the tools you’re using, which is good to give those tools exposure if they’re not known. It’s also good for new companies to know which tools are good and it’s better for everyone to share this information. I know some people might think “you’re helping potential competition,” but it’s better to share this information so everyone ends up better off.

Jonas Clark


Tuckerman & Co.

Matt Clark

Co-founder & CTO


I think it’s important for new companies to be able to focus on their solutions rather than on the early infrastructure needed to run a company, and I can see where Stacklist can help them.

Ismail Colak


Funding Gates

Daniel Conway

Co-founder & CEO


It is important to share stacklists because once you get your email out there as a new startup, or as a new founder, you get SPAMMED by pitches for products. They are just trying to get in front of you to show the point of the product and give their sales pitch before you get to their customer references. Stacklist is a great way to get customer references; a third party perspective from someone who doesn't have skin in the game, but either supports or does not support a particular product. is a bunch of customer references from the right people instead of a person selling to you. The closest person to your shoes as a founder is another founder. It’s super important to get the opinions of people in your shoes and being able to talk to them about what products they love or hate. Or, without needing to bug each other, we can go to sites like Stacklist or Quora to get the information we need and make our own decisions.

Alex Cote

Founder & CMO


Jason Crawford

Co-founder & CEO


Aaron Dallek

Co-founder & CEO


It’s one thing for a startup to understand how to use one tool, but to understand how to use an entire stack successfully is even more valuable. Sharing stacklists helps other startups gain software knowledge through a similar company’s day-to-day usage of an application. We can learn from past experience to avoid wasting time and money trying out software that isn’t a proper fit.

Mikhail Damiani

Co-founder & CEO

Blue Bite

Stacklist fills a valuable void. We don’t know what we don’t know, so hearing feedback from others, and learning from others’ failures, is good for saving you from wasting time and money. By reading others’ reviews and recommendations, you can avoid pitfalls and mistakes early on, and lots of platforms make it difficult to switch, so making the best decision early on is crucial.

Marguarette Dau


Journey Bar, LLC

Brian Davidson



In general, any entrepreneur can appreciate the struggle, and appreciate people that have the same drive to build a business. In that perspective, it is good to help people in your same situation.

Jose de Andrade

Founder & Director

Hello Australia

Geert DeBecker

Founder & CEO

Augustin de Préville

Founder & CEO

Preview App

It’s important to find the best tool--it lets you be more productive. Keeping up with tools lets you be current and up to date. And to “être au gout du jour” (know the flavor of the week).

Brett Derricott


Built for Teams

Jameson Detweiler

Co-founder and CEO

Fantasmo Studios

Gini Dietrich

Founder & CEO

Arment Dietrich

Other than it saving a ton of research time and trial and error? It’s always good to know what works, what doesn’t work, and why.

Tim Dingman

Co-founder & COO


Phil Dougherty

Co-founder & CEO


It is important to be able to get feedback on what you think is the right thing to do. Getting the word out about tools that are unknown can really benefit growing companies. I wish I knew about Intercom 4 months ago. Stumbling upon it really filled a need and I wish I knew about it sooner since there aren’t a ton of places to get a better idea of what tools companies use.

Russ D'Souza



Felix Dubinsky


Simple Texting

Conrad Egusa

Founder & CEO


Limor Elbaz

Founder & CEO

Peerlyst, Inc.

It’s a big timesaver for founders who come out of their engineering/product comfort zone and have no time to do research about the best tools to use for things that are not in their core work, like accounting. We usually move from “not-funded” to “funded” overnight, and we need to pick many tools quickly, as we move.

Julien Emery

Founder & CEO


Founders talk to each other about tools all the time. And things are always changing, so it’s helpful getting feedback on the tools people are using.

Max Engel



Jeff Ernst

Co-founder & CEO


Having been a part of 1871, everyone is sharing their knowledge and networks and everything that has worked for them. It helps you move faster and more efficiently at everything you do. Entrepreneurs and founders are looking at how to grow quickly. Operating in a vacuum and not looking at recommendations or things that work is only hindering yourself.

Ryan Evans



It’s helpful for people to help each other by sharing what they're using. It helps everyone be more efficient. It shows people what works well and saves them quite a bit of time. If Chris [ReviewTrackers] ever says “hey, check out this tool,” I’m going to do it, as opposed to reading an ad about the tool.

Tom Fang

Founder & CEO

iPyxel Creations

I think this is great as it allows startups to exchange notes on what works the best and what to avoid. We all have companies we admire, and it’s great to have some data points as to what’s under the hood. A poor choice on tools that your company depends upon can be very costly down the road.

Mathew Farkash

Founding Partner

Blueprint Health

Brian Feldkamp



There’s so much stuff out there! To be able to go and say “ hey, let’s look at the most used email capturing tool” and being able to find that information easily and what is working at other startups is so valuable. The best part of this accelerator is being around other startup founders that have tips, tricks and hacks to get from point A to point B. I’m a big believer in community, sharing and karma. I’m always happy to share anything I have. I’m quickly turned off by other founders who aren’t willing to share things that aren’t trade secrets.

Lisa Fetterman

Founder & CEO


So you can save money. Don’t burn cash you don't need to burn!

Henry Finkelstein


Green Peak Labs

Brian Fitzgerald

Founder & CEO


Derek Flanzraich

CEO & Founder


Wade Foster

Co-­founder & CEO


Lauren Foundos

Founder & CEO


Sharing is so helpful. People at different stages are going through different things, and sharing all of our knowledge with each other is really important; it saves us all a ton of time knowing what's good and what’s not. For example, when we’re picking an HR tool, rather than Googling and not knowing what to trust, it’ll be much more productive to get reviews from as many people as possible. It’s also extremely hard to keep track of every new tool that comes out, and sharing our stacklists helps us all stay on top of the newest tools. There could be something that’s 10 times better than what you’re using, and you could be missing out on it!

Jerry Freeman

Founder & CEO


Time. I work 80 hours a week, I don’t have time to look at tools. Typically, if someone I trust recommends something, I’ll try it out, and if works it’s great, but if it doesn’t, I drop it. As businesses, we all have the same issues. We may all build different products, but we all have the same challenges.

Dan Friedman



Jonathan Friedman

Founder & CEO


Sharing your stacklist is all part of us helping each other. We’re all in this struggle together, and it’s nice to get references from others for tools and services. I’m interested in Gusto, Slack, etc., but there’s no secret in using them; there’s nothing too special about them at this point. What I’m really interested in finding is all of the new and amazing tools out there; I’m really into discovering the smaller and lesser-known tools that are being made by all of the new smaller startups out there.

Brian Frumberg



I founded my company 3 years ago, so it’s not a distant memory that is fuzzy; I remember it intimately. I’m fortunately a geek about tools and apps, and I worked at a VC fund before I ran a company. So I was already plugged in to what people were using. But even though I was ahead of the curve, I still had a hard time finding the tools that I needed to get things done. Not having any place to go to read Amazon-type reviews for tools was a huge killer of time. And I spent a lot of time testing tools, including ones that didn’t end up working out for me. And I’m techy! So for someone not techy, I’m sure they waste 10x more time. Sharing is all a part of our ability to stay efficient, and exposing each other to tools and products that we might never find out about on our own. All of this information should not just live in people’s brains; we should all be sharing all of this information.

Larry Gadea

Founder & CEO


Alexander Gallego

Co-founder & CTO

Concord Systems

Kerry Gallivan

Co-founder and CEO


Nisha Garigarn



There are so many tools out there, and I’ve spent a lot of time Googling phrases like “best CRM tool”, and seeing a ton of recommendations, but not knowing which ones to trust. Reading reviews from people who are using the software, listing what they like and don’t like, along with what their company is like and using the software for, helps me make these decisions more easily. A lot of these tools have free trials so I’m not wasting money, but I’m wasting my time trying them out and then finding out I don’t like them. And finding out if we can use other tools than the ones we’ve chosen, and not pay for them, is always great to know.

Jonathan Gass

Founder & CEO

Nomad Financial

Ray Gillenwater

Co-founder & CEO


The DNA of the startup community is based on a positive, “help each other out”, vibe. It’s open, transparent, and positive. The only reason we’ve been successful is because others have been generous with their time and insight. So if there’s any way for me to contribute back, I am inclined to do so.

Derric Gilling



There are a lot of companies out there making cool things, and you risk not running into their product. It’s useful to know what other people are using--companies that are in your similar situation. Sometimes you don’t know about the new application; it’s good that there are other people that tried them and can recommend them.

Jordan Gilman

Founder & Chief Software Architect


Awareness of what's out there.

Bilguun Ginjbaatar

Founder & Chief Doer

March Media

We want to help companies with what we use, and we want to get their help.

Bob Girolamo



As startups, we are dealing with a different set of challenges that are very different than bigger companies. When you are a startup, you need tools that are effective and affordable. It is good to know what other people are using.

Michalis Gkontas

CEO & Co-founder


Dan Goldstein



It saves a lot of time and heartache! There are no shortage of new, shiny tools out there. If not approached carefully and strategically, evaluating new tools can be a major productivity killer.

Joshua Goldstein


Nick Gray

Founder & CEO

Museum Hack

We’re always trying to stay on the cutting edge. We’re very open to trying new tools, but it’s hard to evaluate what to use. We increasingly have more and more companies sending us emails, targeting us with ads, connecting with us on LinkedIn, all trying to get us to use their software. We’re open to all of it, but seeing feedback about the different tools ahead of time saves us a lot of time. For example, I’m really interested in seeing what the founder of Justworks says he uses, on his stacklist. We trust him, so we would definitely trust his recommendations and reviews.

Leor Grebler

Co-founder & CEO


Don’t reinvent the wheel. It’s important to know what is effective or not effective. When we started, we stumbled into a lot of the tools we use. If we started again, we would make sure to have Slack and JIRA if we had known that it would have saved us a lot of headaches.

Alanna Gregory

Founder & CEO


If I had known about Streak and other tools, I would have saved time and money.

Mattan Griffel

Co-founder & CEO

One Month

Rob Grossberg



Divey Gulati



It’s mostly for the sake of communicating. We got to these tools after testing a bunch of other tools with trial and error and found what works for us. It’s good to share what you learn from your mistakes.

Karan Gupta

Co-founder & CEO


If I’m looking for something that other people have used with a review or comment, then that is helpful to me.

Aksh Gupta

Co-founder & CEO


It saves time for someone to find a tool. It’s great to discover tools are popular amongst people. Slack has captured the communication market, but for things like BI and analytics tools, it's harder to find a good tool.

May Habib

Co-founder & CEO


Sharing your stacklist is really important because we startups are the early adopters and we really do a lot of research and testing on these tools. The tools that we are using will be the ones that eventually will be adopted by the general public. It is important to help each other out.

Jeremie Habib

Founder & CEO


We definitely spent a lot of time switching, and trying, tools in each category. It’s helpful to see what our peers are using, and seeing what they’re finding success using. Sharing our knowledge with each other is time-saving, and it’s great to get validation from your peers that a tool is not going to be a waste of your time.

Samer Hamadeh

Founder & CEO


Max Haot

Founder, SVP, GM Video Products


Jeanne Hardy

Founder & CEO

Creative Business Inc.

Every business needs a reference point when making decisions about the next operational tool they need. Community feedback is the most impactful advice. Think of it as community service! We get a lot of young companies that are using 5 different apps for one area of operations, and none of them are talking to each other. This makes it extremely hard to see what’s happening in the business at a higher level. One important thing that Stacklist does is that it lets you know when you need to start adding things to your stack. Don’t add it all at the beginning. Keep it clear and simple. You don’t need 4 separate things to pay freelancers and employees and pay bills and reconcile accounts. Referring to Stacklist can help you see what tools you really need at every stage. You can get help knowing how many employees you need, for example, to make adding Expensify worth it. Because when you add tools unnecessarily, or when they fail for you, it’s such a pain for everyone and your data to move to the next solution! We take it really seriously when we talk about financial systems, HR, recruiting, project management, etc. As a company grows, if you don’t have these foundational skills early, it quickly snowballs into something unmanageable and very often costly to fix. On our end, the first year is so important to your financial history; it’s when you build your first balance sheet. It’s not the most exciting thing you want to be thinking about, but when you need a line of credit, it’s important to have that financial history from day 1.

Brad Hargreaves

Founder & CEO

Common Living Inc.

Bridget Harris

Co-founder & CEO


Everybody is learning – we have tried tons of tools, and each are different and might or might not be the solution – the best thing you can do is keep trying them until you find the one that works perfectly, as it will really make a difference.

Alex Harvey

Co-founder & Chief Architect


I think it is important because no startup wants to spend a lot of time worrying about infrastructure. The important thing is to sell and get new clients.

David Hassell

CEO & Founder


Jared Hecht

Co-founder & CEO


Russ Heddleston

Co-founder & CEO


It’s important to save time in your selection process. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

Hugh Hempel

Co-founder & CEO


Entrepreneurship is hard enough without having to reinvent the wheel. It’s a good idea to share best practices. It needs to happen more. Even if you’re sharing with the competition, it’s better for the industry, the economy, and society in general.

Amanda Hesser

Co-founder & CEO


Tom Hessert

CEO & Co-founder

Derby Games

Walter Hessert

CPO & Co-founder

Derby Games

Vinay Hiremath

Founder & Head of Engineering


Unless they have very good IP, it’s very important for startups to talk about what they do internally. It’s the same reason why people tell first time founders to not sweat about people stealing their idea. The meaningful exchange of information between people is good. If I didn’t want to talk about Twilio because I was thinking “Oh no, someone else will use it to get around an issue,” I’ll never know how to solve a problem I have. In general, it’s good to be transparent about your process and what you do--unless it’s critical to a release cycle.

Aaron Hoffman

Founder & Owner

Campus Delivery

Andrew Homeyer



The most important thing for a startup is finding a problem that is worth solving. Let’s share the tools that help us do that, so we can all move faster together.

Yoav Hornung

Co-founder & CEO


I think it’s important for all of us to share our stacklists because the startup ecosystem is basically realized by us helping each other. One way or another, we choose our tools after talking to each other, and word of mouth is always the most trusted form of advice.

Hadi Irvani



Because it helps everyone. Also, you avoid having to reinvent the wheel and you can instead focus on customer service.

Anji Ismail

Co-founder & CEO


When you’re starting a company, the first thing you often think is that you can, and should, build everything yourself. But you’ll quickly realize that there are many tools on the market that can do 20% of what your company needs. And a lot of them are free! For example, right now, we know that through APIs, we can integrate with a large set of tools. All of this knowledge helps companies arrive much faster at their MVP (minimum viable product). This knowledge is great for getting straight to what’s important, which is making money. Stacklists that we share with each other can help make sure that when you’re looking for something, you can find something adapted to the size and culture of your company. We usually get recommendations from large companies, but that’s not always best, especially when you’re starting out, and you’re a small company. When you spend one month onboarding a tool, you waste a month you could be working on your product. Exchanging information with companies, like when we were in 500 Startups, allows us all to learn to share resources. Anything you find useful can be useful for another company.

Sahil Jain

Co-founder & CEO


We’re all in this together, as we’re all growing our companies. There’s a huge proliferation of tech solutions you can use, and it’s great to get validation of what you’re using, as well as get ideas of where you can expand your stack. We all have to be willing to share, and be transparent, and it’s extremely valuable to share your stack. Stacklist is great because it gives you a consolidated view of all of these tools that are available.

Chandika Jayasundara


Bob Johnston

Co-­founder & CEO


Michelle Joseph

Founder & CEO


It’s helpful to understand the tools that are working and which aren’t. It’s painful as an entrepreneur to think a tool you chose has the capacity and it doesn’t. Trying out the demo doesn’t show you where the pitfalls are in a tool. It can become a huge waste of time looking for one.

Andrew Josuweit

Co-founder & CEO

Student Loan Hero

I don’t know if it’s important for us to share and then our competitors find it… Every organization is different. I don’t think every tool works for an organization and tools can be a competitive advantage for some businesses. Using the wrong tools can slow down your workflow.

Daniel Kador


Keen IO

Steve Kaliski



Elli Kaplan

Co-founder & CEO


When you’re a startup, you don’t have time for much of anything. So spending ridiculous amounts of time doing something that a million other people have already figured out (e.g. the best tools in each category), is a huge waste! Dedicate that time to running your company, or making your product.

Harry Kargman

Founder & CEO


Doug Karr

CEO & Founder

DK New Media

The problem is, if you pick the wrong tool, it is so painful to switch. It can set your company back. Companies will keep using horrible tools just because they started out with them. So sharing your stacklist will help others with tool selection. We help our clients with this, as well. If we can map out resources, processes and budgets, we can help our clients find the right tool. I don’t care who says what tool is best, I always look for right fit. And if we get that right, a client will use the tool for months. For example, with Brightpod, they’ve been promising a mobile app for a few years--since we started using them. But they haven’t delivered, so we might have to leave them because of it. We use Slack from mobile, so if they would just integrate with them, that would get us by. But if we have to move off of them, it’ll be very painful.

Gil Katz



Eyal Katz



To save time by finding useful (and inexpensive) tools fast!

Lauren Katzberg

Co-founder & CEO


Sharing and helping out as a member of the community to grow and answer questions to be helpful in any way!

Andre Kay

Founder & CEO


Thomas Kelly



Taking the inventory management category as an example, we had a really hard time making the decision about what would be the best software. This was especially difficult earlier on, when we didn’t have as many contacts in the industry. This left us at the mercy of having to rely on pitches by different companies. It’s easy to find reviews stacking tools against each other in an area like social media management, but having a critical mass of peer reviews of inventory management systems would be immensely helpful.

David Kelso

Co-founder & CTO

Beyond Pricing

There are so many options. If you spend all your time learning about the alternatives (and a lot of them are similar enough), you don't really know what makes them different until you spend time on them. I base my initial opinions on what people have used, because if you know what someone is doing and what tools they’re using, it’s easier to make a good decision.

Andrew Kemendo

Founder & CEO


Kate Kendall

Founder & CEO


When I look for suggestions, I really trust the opinion of other founders. If someone who is going through the same process gives you advice, it is really valuable. Stacklist is a very good idea, because if I can get curated reviews, it is way better than random reviews on the internet. I always take those with a grain of salt.

Mo Khan



To help other entrepreneurs make decisions.

Teri Kirk

Founder & CEO

Funding Portal

It’s a brave new world out there. I think the ethic in the industry is one of sharing, open data and transparency. It’s important to keep some data private, but next-generation companies should be sharing data; it’s empowering the sector. We’re happy to be a part of that. Our entire model is based on making data on funding sources and investments more accessible, and helping businesses to not only find the information they are looking for, but also to act on it so they can get funded.

Peter Komornik

Co-founder & CEO

Tarikh Korula



Anjelika Kour

Founder & CEO

Brick & Portal

It’s important because we can all help each other. There’s a lot of redundancy in this space, and we can help each other out by sharing. If we become each other’s customers and advisors, we’ll become a better community, and increase our probability of success.

Sophie Koven



Ashwinn Krishnaswamy



Ken Kruger

CEO & Co­-founder


Pavan Kumar

Co-founder & CTO


A lot of time is spent trying to understand the right tool for the right job. It is quite important to look at the tools that a similar-sized company use. It can be very valuable information when you are starting.

Ravi Kurani



I wish I had seen Stacklist before this interview! It would’ve helped me a lot with choosing tools. Moving an entire group of people off of one tool to another is crazy, and wastes time.

Daniel Kushner

Founder & CEO


Because sharing is caring! But seriously, running a startup and founding a company are not easy. There are always ups and downs, and by sharing information, we create one community. When you share, you help others, but you usually get something back too.

Pashmina Lalchandani


Flow Simple

Carolyn Lanzetta

CEO & Co-founder

Plum Print

It’s a huge time-suck to go through and search for this stuff. I’ve done it time and again, where I look to Google, or ask someone what they’re using. Once you find something, you need to then test it out. It all takes so much time. If I had a place like Stacklist before, I could’ve looked for companies in the same space, with similar problems or in the same stage, and it would’ve given us a curated list to go through. It would’ve been the perfect spot to start instead of Google. We went down a lot of rabbit holes, and wasted a lot of time when we were choosing tools at the beginning!

Romain Lapeyre

Co-founder & CEO


Right now I’m looking for two tools, an analytics tool and a CRM. I’m consulting my network from Techstars, and other founders, to find good analytics and CRM tools. It’s great to access a list on Stacklist to see what companies are using, and it’s very good for lead generation.

Grace Lee

Founder & CEO

Nine Naturals

Marko Lehtimaki

Founder & CEO


Companies have only so much time to keep searching for a particular tool and discern what is good. There is a big risk in wasting your time trying out something that you will not end up using because it does not fit your needs. A lot of startups are looking for the same thing: a tool that is fast, intuitive, and reasonably priced. A lot of software has features that you might not need as a startup. Looking for what a company that has a similar business model to yours does, can be very valuable.

Bismarck Lepe

Founder & CEO


I think sharing is what makes the tech community great; we all learn and build off each other.

Jessica Lessin

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

The Information

Mia Lewin

Founder & CEO


Mathieu Lhoumeau

Co-founder & CEO


It’s a good to know what other people are using and if there are better tools we can use.

Weiting Liu

Founder & CEO


Dan Loewenherz

Founder & President

Lionheart Software

Andrew Look

Co-founder & CTO


A lot of times, we found stuff through trial and error. Personally, I’ve always said, “Let’s pick one tool and stop talking about it,” so anything that can make the trial and error process go faster, I totally support. There’s also a scope of tools that are useful, that I wouldn’t hear about otherwise, so sharing our stacklists with each other helps immensely with that discovery process.

Chris LoPresti



Some of our favorite tools that we shared came to be because of a recommendation from another founder or startup. There are so many new tools popping up every day that it is hard to vet what is worthy of your time, and Stacklist is a resource to identify what could be the best tools for you and your team.

Sunil Madhu

Founder & CEO


Vlad Magdalin

Co-founder & CEO


It helps other startups validate that they are using the best tools. Or it gives ideas on what can make a business more efficient. A lot of tools we use is through external validation, from seeing other people use them at other startups. That goes a long way in justifying a decision or going into more confidence. When you pick a tool you are married to it, so you want to make the right choice early on. On the technical side, there are tools that show what other graphic sites use. It’s good to see which technologies we’ve chosen or will choose have made other startups successful. We chose Mixpanel because we saw companies ten or hundred times bigger than us scale with Mixpanel. It’s helpful in that sense of validation--for showing people the options that work at scale and to give more data on what’s out there.

David Mandell

Co-founder & CEO


Magda Marcu

Co-founder Stage: Seed


Benji Markoff

Founder & CEO

Founder Shield

Shanon Marks



Anyone in an early stage venture is a brave soul that doesn’t need a map to navigate the unknown, but it helps to have friends out there. The reality is someone has already endured the pain of looking for tools and figured out which work well. There are so many, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I imagine entrepreneurs in startups are the most curious. We are the most likely to sign up for a beta and get wooed for something exciting and sexy. Having a trusted community of people who have been through it before is critical. At the core of it, there are business problems that we all have to solve. Mutual reliance in this capacity is vital for navigating through the noise and static out there.

Paul May



Geoff McFarlane

Co-founder & COO

Club W

The more information, and more use cases out there, that we all have access to, the more efficiently we can all run. Also, for all of these companies that provide these services, our feedback (hopefully) provides them opportunities to improve. Like with BambooHR, I hope they get the message to get benefits admin on their roadmap!

Ryan McQuaid

Co-founder & CEO


As a startup, you are trying to figure out what web services are out there and you want to be using the latest and greatest. It's a process to identify the platforms out there and to vet through them. Rather than recreating the wheel, it's fantastic to understand what others have been through.

Neil McWilliam

Co-founder & CTO


Avi Meir

Co-founder & CEO


I am happy to share because having more startups in an ecosystem improves everyone's success rate. There is an abundance of tools out there. It helps to see who is behind the ratings.

Josh Mendelsohn



It makes it easier and clearer for other founders to make decisions. It also compels the provider companies to constantly improve their services.

Tad Milbourn

Co-founder & CEO


It’s a good way to pay things forward. Everyone is battling against dying in obscurity--that’s the name of the game when you’re a startup. Every little bit of help you can get, or things that save you a couple of minutes here or there, give you a better chance at success. By sharing the tools that you've used and have worked, it lets the next person be that much better off. I wish Stacklist was around when I started 2 years ago. It’s awesome that now there’s one place to go for what the best tools to use for whatever the task is--whether it’s marketing, expense management, or a CRM platform. Sharing your Stacklist is a great way to help and pay it forward.

Matt Miller

Founder & CEO


It is interesting to read what people use, because there are increasingly a lot of very powerful application for every need that you have. Apps are great to generate ideas, and obtain good feedback.

Matthew Milner



Kathryn Minshew

Co-founder & CEO

The Muse

Nishant Mittal



Mike Molinet

Co-founder & COO

Branch Metrics

Anything that can help people not have to figure this out on their own, and save them time, I’m all about. Every company has to figure all of this out on their own, and you can save so much time, energy, and cost, if you can learn from other people's mistakes and growth trajectories. You can replicate what they’re doing right, and avoid what they have done wrong. We had to figure all of this out on our own, and there were a lot of mistakes that we made that we would’ve been able to avoid, if we knew then, what we know now! You just don’t know when some tools are better than others at different stages, and what Stacklist has done is great. We can see what Series B companies are using, and it’ll save us a lot of time. I don’t know why anyone would not agree to do an interview!

Dennis Mortensen

CEO & Founder

I don’t think any one of us will lose anything because we’ve exposed our business deck to other entrepreneurs. We should all share this layer and make sure the next entrepreneur has a better chance of surviving. No one should be nervous about exposing their stacklist. It’s a great idea, and wonderful exposure!

Lauren Mosenthal

Founder & CTO


I don’t know if I like doing that because I feel that these tools are changing all the time.

Amanda Moskowitz

Founder & CEO


Katerina Mountanos

Co-founder & CEO


Avi Muchnick



Diana Murakhovskaya



The more we all share, the better we’ll all do. For example, if we could find an alternative to MailChimp, we’d use it! And we’ve noticed that the large entrepreneurship group we’re in has people posting the same questions, and asking for the same recommendations, over and over again. Sharing our stacklists creates a better place to look for recommendations, and saves you from asking the same question every 3-6 months. We spend so much time using and testing these tools, and that’s time wasted. You might as well learn from someone else taking that time to test everything out! And lots of great companies are constantly coming out with products that solve our pain points; it’s nice to have a place that stays on top of all of these new products.

Sean Murphy


Andy OS

Every company is full of challenges. What most people do not think about is how hard it is to get the most basic practical things together. People are most taken by their idea. The tools that you pick to solve the practical aspects of the business can have a profound effect on how efficient you can be on getting things done.

Nobu Nakaguchi

Chief Design Officer & Co-founder


Eiko Nakazawa



Latif Nanji

Co-founder & CEO


Hammad Naseem



It definitely benefits people. When we started creating two different two accounts for USD and CAD, we needed help to set up Wave with Stripe. It’s beneficial for us; if I give feedback on a tool I’m using, then someone else can give alternatives or how to improve what I’m doing.

Perry Nelson


Nicely Noted

It is helpful to see what people are using. You always start the process of looking for a new tool by looking for relevant reviews.

Thomson Nguyen

Founder & CEO

Framed Data

Rodolfo Novak

Founder & CEO


This is how tech is built. No one has the right answer, just the answer that works for them. So it’s useful to see what works for other people and why, because those reasons could be inversely correlated to you. It’s the same reason why open source is awesome. You know what someone else did, so you can do what they did or do it differently. You get a lot of the knowns and unknowns out of the way.

Isaac Oates

Founder & CEO


There are two kinds of work that founders do: 1) work that has to be done that doesn’t change anything, and 2) work that changes the trajectory of the business. I started Justworks to reduce the amount of time spent on that first category. By sharing stacklists, we’re giving each other insight into the tools that are working or not working for us, which saves us time spent in that first category, so we can spend more time working in the second category.

Zach Obront

Founder & COO

Book In A Box

Perry Oostdam

Co-founder & CEO


If you start with the right tools, it saves you tons of time. It makes routine tasks way faster.

Serena Oppenheim


Good Zing

Jafar Owainati

Co-founder & COO


It’s important to know which tools work and which don’t for each type of industry, in order to cut through the noise and make better decisions.

Ron Palmeri

Founder & CEO


John Papadakis

Founder & CEO


Sahil Parikh



Neil Parikh

Co-founder & COO


Nihal Parthasarathi

Co-founder & CEO


Vinay Patankar

Co-founder & CEO

Process Street

Bryan Payne

Founder & CEO

Skout Deals

Well, the #1 reason a lot of us are doing this is probably because we want to get the word out that we exist. But it’s also really helpful to be able to see what everyone else is using. Reading a recommendation on someone’s stacklist is like getting a direct reference from the company, without you having to reach out to them, or know them. And if you see that a company you respect is using a tool you’re using, it reaffirms your decision. And if you see companies that you respect using something different, you can check those products out!

Luis Pazmino

Co-founder & CTO


We spent a lot of time at the beginning seeing what tools were out there. Every year, new companies are founded with the goal of helping startups. There’s a lot out there, so, if there’s a way to see if another startup is already using a specific tool, their pros and cons, we will most likely give it a try. We waste a few days trying to understand what the product is through playing around with it, and sometimes what you see then is not truly reflective of the product. We need to save time and if we have reviews from other founders in the same industry or same sector, it’s very helpful.

Robert Peck

Co-founder & CEO

Commonwealth Joe

Kelly Peeler

Founder & CEO


Marco Peluso

Founder & CEO


I think it’s very important to move fast when you are running a startup. Part of the moving fast has to go with decision making, with execution, and to do with learning. The faster you learn, the faster you can iterate. It’s beneficial for the whole community to share experiences and see what are the tools that are the most effective out there.

Jake Perlman-Garr


Datavore Labs

Suggestions for Stacklist: *Talk to people at Barclay’s Innovation Space. It’s like like Techstars. Community-curated fintech companies. *Look at blockchain vs payments; any differentiation of what people are using. *You might want to get into more technical stuff like “who do you use for continuous deployment?” *Hosting: We have free AWS, but we know other people who spend $50k/mo on AWS fees and $100k/mo on data fees. What resources are they using? This is another area Stacklist could start cracking, “where do you do your hosting?” and “data servers” as interesting areas. *Website hosting: GoDaddy. It’s kind of crappy. I signed up for it because it’s $9/mo. Should’ve hosted somewhere else. It’d be interesting to get suggestions on that on Stacklist. *Do reviews on spaces in the future. Pros and cons on different spaces in NYC. I had to go look at maybe a dozen spaces and compare pricing and size, amenities, etc. It would’ve been super helpful and saved a ton of time to have reviews on that. You could suggest what space is better for what type of company. *Rate and review accelerator Programs. Compare Techstars to Work-Bench. People could rate their experiences in those programs. *A “buying hardware” section would be helpful. We tried to do it relatively quickly so we bought everything on Amazon. Most people want to be fiscally prudent, so any help here would be great. For example, monitors are insanely expensive, and for startups, every penny counts, so help on where and what to buy in terms of hardware would be extremely helpful. *Who do you use as your bank? We went with Chase, but then you raise a big round of financing, what do you do with all of that money? You need to find a good savings account. We first went with JP Morgan. We were making nothing. Then we found out that with Capital One, we could get a 1% savings rate. So we moved our money there, but it’s still managed out of JP Morgan.

Eve Peters

Founder & CEO


It’s important for us to share stacklists so we can all cooperatively help each other to work more efficiently and productively.

Nick Petit

Founder & CEO

Kahoots App

Technology is becoming so ubiquitous for these solutions and they are moving so fast. Why be a trailblazer? Let other people trailblaze these things for you so you can work on your core business. First hand, my struggles around outbound analytics (which is a hard macro/micro problem to solve) make me feel like I’m trailblazing in that area. It’s a hard problem and it takes big-time steps. If I had to do that with each product, it would be a big headache.

Gian Luca Petrelli

Founder & Executive Chairman


If you don’t do your research, you risk losing a lot of precious time. There is not just one solution out there, there are several hundreds. What works depends a lot on the business type and on the situation of the business. It helps to have a place to go, to speed up the decision process.

Ilya Podolyako



Time. there are only so many number of hours in a day. It’s good to know what best practices look like and see what tools people are using to success online instead of needing to call up friends.

Rohit Prakash

Co-founder & CEO


I’m a first-time founder, and I’ve made a ton of mistakes. We spent more than a year learning how to run the business, and learning about tools was just one part of that. Advice from other founders is always very useful; you want to hear from others that have done this before. As a first-time founder, ramp-up time would’ve been much shorter if we had more knowledge, like what’s available on Stacklist. By sharing our stacklists, we’re building a community.

Ondrej Prostrednik



Jesse Pujji

Co-founder & CEO


Dan Putt

Founding Partner, Chief Product Officer


Andrew Quarrie



Tyson Quick

Founder & CEO


Increasingly companies are relying on software to solve needs that they have across all departments. To know in advance what other companies use, that are similar to yours in size and business format, eliminates a lot of trial and error. These tools are empowering people to do their job more efficiently.

Manoj Ranaweera

Founder & CEO


Silvan Rath

Founder & CEO

ParkTAG GmbH

Kaza Razat


Claim It!

Chaitenya Razdan

Co-founder & CEO


Navdeep Reddy

Co-founder & CIO


Stacklist is an awesome way of contributing back to the success of a tool. The more people are using a tool, the more features are released and the more options for users. The reason it’s important for startups to share their stacklists is similar to why we should have open-source software: It’s always good to share.

Peter Reinhardt

Co-founder & CEO


Michael Reyes

Founder & CEO

Halo Life Science

Amanda Rinderle


Tuckerman & Co.

Pankaj Risbood

Co-founder & VP Data


When you are building a company, the most important thing you need to work on is finding your product market fit and customers. Productivity and other tools help the company to achieve that goal. For startups to share what has worked well and what has not worked well is information that they can utilize to make the right decisions. Companies can spend a lot of time using the wrong tools and find themselves wasting a lot of time. Sharing information and incorporating best practices help productivity a lot.

Aaron Robinson


Bamboo Supply

The Internet is amazing because there is a ton of information out there, but it needs a curator, and that’s where Stacklist comes in. We run a specific kind of startup, which is different from others. So hopefully if someone is looking to start an e-commerce subscription company with little upfront cost, our list helps them hone in on the best products and services to use.

Oleg Rogynskyy

Founder & CEO

Roy Rosinnes

Founder & CEO


Brad Ross

Founder & CEO


Antonio Rotolo

Co-founder & CEO


There is a lot of homogeneity in tools that people are using or there are tools that are super famous. Stacklist lets you discover more niche tools that are better fitted to your needs. It is time consuming to try one tool and read reviews. If you have reviews from people using that tool, it’s quicker.

Basha Rubin

Co-founder & CEO

Priori Legal

I wish I had a tool like Stacklist when I was starting out! There are real pros and cons for different options, for different teams. It has been really helpful to read through reviews on Stacklist. There currently isn’t a lot of transparency out there about different tools, and how they make sense for different types of businesses, so sharing our stacklist is extremely important.

David Rubin


ElectroSpin University

I think it’s important to see what’s available and what’s working for people. You can find companies similar to yours that are using the tools that you need.

John Rushworth

Co-founder & CEO


It’s important as a community to work together: it pushes the ecosystem in the right direction.

Erez Rusovsky

Co-founder & CEO

A lot of these tools save you a lot of time, but because there are so many tools, sometimes you have too many choices, and you end up not choosing anything. But it’s important to use these tools, and they’re often times extremely helpful. Sharing our stacklists with each other helps us all understand what’s working or not working in our businesses. Seeing others’ stacklists can help you figure out what is needed at an overview level, and can help you figure out if something is working or not, and what should be automated, if possible. We should all invest in the best in breed of these tools; it’s definitely worth it.

Marvin Russell

Founder & CEO


If you want other people to contribute to the community and share their insights, you must be willing to share your insights too.

Irene Ryabaya



Sean Safahi

Co-founder & CEO


There are lots of tools out there, and we can all end up spending a lot of time testing them out. But at the end of the day, you should really be focusing on your business. So if you can learn from others, that will save you a ton of time. And I’m big on giving back to the community, as well as helping others not make the same mistakes as I’ve made. A lot of startups use other startups as tools, so this is a cool way to promote our ecosystem.

Abakar Saidov

Co-founder & CEO


Jason Saltzman

Founder & CEO


Judd Schoenholtz

Co-founder & CEO

Open Listings

We found out about a lot of these tools and services the hard way, and we spent a lot of time trying everything out. It would’ve been nice to have had a resource like Stacklist when we were starting out. We’re a really small company that is able to do a lot more than you’d think, and all of these tools and services have made that possible. So anything we can do to help others be more efficient like us, we’re happy to do.

Erik Schreter

Founder & CEO


Adam Schwartz



Adam Schwartz

Co­-founder & COO


Adam Seabrook



There is a lot of discovery you need to do when you work at a startup. I would have never found Inspectlet if I wasn’t sniffing around what our competitors were using. Someone huge like Stripe was using it so I figured it must be good. We spend a few hours every day trying stuff out so it would help save time.

Adam Seifer



Jason Shah

Founder & CEO


I think that in the tech world sharing best practices is big. I believe that it’s because tech companies are really adamant about productivity. It’s one of the defining features of tech. It’s not based on competition but on collaboration. We learn from one another.

Vivek Sharma

CEO & Co-founder

Movable Ink

Alexander Shashou

Co-founder & President


Tejas Shastry

Co-founder & CEO


It’s always good to know what similar companies have done to be successful. You want to keep the focus on the intricacies of your own business rather than spending time searching for tools.

Brian Shimmerlik

Co-founder & CEO


Jennifer Shoop

Co-founder & COO


We spend a lot of time googling around and sometimes what we get are not the best solutions. It is not as efficient as going into a space and finding out what other people in similar stages are using.

Afifa Siddiqui

Co-founder & CEO


A lot of the tools we’ve tried have been recommended by fellow CEOs or friends. There are some tools we love but can’t afford. We are always looking to try the innovative, low cost tools. But we know, once we’ve tested them and we’re ready, we’ll change them or pay for the premium version if it’s proven useful and necessary. When we do have the resources, we will use the most appropriate tools for the job.

Shaan Singha

Co-founder & CMO


If we can help out people with what they’re trying to do, it’s great. You can also really feel out what the global space is on and what tools people are using. I’m always surprised to see when people switch or use something else. Most of the time though, it’s not about the tools you’re using, but how you use them.

Derek Skaletsky

Founder & CEO


Coleman Skeeter

Co-founder & CEO

Truman James

At the end of the day, every startup is in an industry that has well-established, big players with a lot of money who can squeeze you out. The advantage you have as a startup is your agility. If you share the tools you use to make your business and personal life faster, easier, better, it gives you a leg up against the big guys. It’s a bit of a jack and the beanstalk analogy--we startups have to be quick and nimble against the big competitors.

Ryan Smith

Co-founder & CEO


I’ve talked to many startup founders and mentored students who are working on their concepts for new businesses. Technology platforms allow one entrepreneur to do multiple jobs. These tools make things easier so that a lean, small team of two (which is how we started) is able to act as the accountant, COO, task manager, and any other roles needed to build a company. When people ask how we started LeafLink and managed it during its earliest stages, the answer is always that it’s all about using the right technology the right way. We definitely have a founder community forming and it's great to be a part of that. By sharing our experiences as entrepreneurs, we can empower more people to create companies that create societal value.

Shane Snow

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer


AJ Solimine

Co-founder & CEO


As an entrepreneur, you need to be 100% focused on building valuable things that your customers want. You need to pick the absolute best tools that will reduce the amount of things that distract you from providing value to your customers. Having a reliable place to visit to find recommendations for tools and services is incredibly important. I shouldn’t have to spend a week trying to figure out what the best accounting software is. I just ask someone who is running a similar company with similar problems and use whatever they’re using. Then I can get back to talking to customers and improving my product.

Veronika Sonsev

CEO & Founder


Donald Spann


Companion Maids

There is a large segment of people that want to start a company but cannot make the jump because they do not know what to do. I think that it is good to demystify a company; when you internalize all the pieces that are needed, you see that these companies are not unicorns.

Donald Spann


Vicky Virtual

Karthik Sridharan



I love this. There is so much information asymmetry about what you should be using across different parts of businesses. We had the typical startup story, starting with just 2 guys at the beginning. We had no idea what to do or use when we started this company, since the startup scene in New York was so nascent in 2012. We knew very few people in our social network that were working on a startup, and we didn’t know where to find reviews on commonly used tools. Once we started talking with more startups and founders, people started telling us, “Use this! Check this out!,” and we went from there. But there was no obvious place to turn to at the beginning. One of the things that I’ve always loved about the startup scene is that there’s a real “pay it forward” culture. My co-founder and I came from the finance world, where there is lots of secrecy and paranoia. It’s been so refreshing to be part of a larger community where people share information and recommendations for tools. There’s a real attitude that we’re all in this together, and striving to be more innovative as a group. If I see you using something out of date, I will tell you to use something different. Sharing our stacklist has also been a great exercise, allowing me to be introspective and think about why we’re using tools and what we should be changing. Like right now, I am wondering why we’re still using Olark, since we hate it so much! It’s good to see what others are using in smart and holistic ways. No one will get it right the first time, so it’s good to show you’re always trying to improve.

Marat Stary

Co-founder & CEO


I think for startups, it’s really important to have the ability to not just showcase their knowledge, but it’s useful marketing. Every product I mentioned, I’ve tested it. When you are building a company from scratch, you have 1,000 decisions to make. This way, you can lean on other people who have done it. Stacklist saves a lot a of time and creates a loose community, essentially product marketing for companies. It helps people learn, and it also helps companies get their names out.

Emmanuel Straschnov



Sharing our stacklists with each other makes startup life easier. And if I share, other people will share.

Tony Stubblebine

Founder & CEO

We are all building startups based on contributions from other people, so why not have a dedicated place where we can all go.

Ellen Su

Co-­founder & Chief Creative Officer


Jon Sumroy

Founder & CEO


Nowadays, everyone uses these tools to manage their business. It is efficient to tap into that knowledge rather than having to reinvent the wheel.

Andrew Swick



Layla Tabatabaie

Co-founder & CEO


Omer Tadjer

Co-founder & CEO


Doron Tal

Co-founder & CEO


Startups can help each other out. I found out about most of the tools that we are currently using by asking other people in the same position.

Barbara Tallent



Nick Taranto

Co-Founder & Co-CEO


Alex Taub



Kim Taylor

Co-founder & CEO


Alicia Thomas

Founder & CEO


What you guys are doing is really good. I want to know what the “cool kids” are doing and using, and now I can look on Stacklist to see! As it is, there’s so much to worry about when you’re starting and running a company, and if you can make a decision about what to use faster, that’s one less thing to think about.

Jeremy Thomas

Co-founder & CEO


Old school business mentality is one where companies tend to hold back revealing the way they operate because they view themselves as being in a competitive market and don’t want to give away their secrets. In the startup world, there’s a sense that we’re in it together, and we are trying to improve various aspects of people’s lives. It’s interesting observing that feeling because it's unspoken, but it’s still tangible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met people who will help each other for nothing in return. It’s purely altruistic. That tends to be the way startups regard each other. If I can help another company onboard more efficiently, and impart knowledge on our tools and what works and what doesn't so they too can help change somebody’s life, then I’m happy to do it.

Derick Thompson

Founder & Managing Director


It’s all about overall efficiency. As we all start to standardize the tools we use and understand the way they work, sharing saves everyone time and that’s the goal. We don’t want to work for the tools we use, we want them to work for us to make us more efficient. It’s always good to help your friends (and competitors) and help make them more efficient.

Travis Todd



I think a lot of learning happens when stories are shared between startups. There is always a variety of reasons why one app might work over another, and people sharing stories helps everyone make more informed decisions.

Helen Todd

Co-founder & CEO

Sociality Squared

Half of these tools I discovered because someone shared them with me. There are new things popping up all the time, and everyone is testing, so if we can learn from each other it saves us all time.

Garin Toren

Founder & CEO


It’s important because it drastically eliminates the risk. If you find a company on Google, you have to try and evaluate them all yourself. It’s way better to hear from someone else that works with a product and recommends them, especially when the recommender doesn’t have any biases whatsoever.

Sangram Vajre

Co-founder & CMO


It is always good to know what other startups are doing.

Brian Valero


Drop Global

Jose Vieitez

Co-founder & Co-director

Boomtown Accelerator

There’s something to be said for letting someone else do all of the learning and you taking advantage of it! It’s all about knowledge sharing. If something works for someone, and you’re similar, instead of experimenting and wasting money on tools that are not a good fit, learn from them, and go with their recommendations.

Jeff Wald

Co-founder & President

Work Market

Alex Wallin

Founder & CEO


The idea with sharing our stacklist is the same as the idea behind SprinkleBit: if you don’t distribute information, you can’t improve. Sharing our stacklists with each other is a great way to share information with each other.

Ethan Wanger

Co-founder & COO

RealLife Global

We’re all in this together, and going through an accelerator like Start-Up Chile, you have the benefit of being around others like yourself, in person. But that is not always a possibility, and it’s awesome that Stacklist is building a site to facilitate interactions like that.

Jonathan Wasserstrum