Tech Resources

As one begins to build a startup venture, there are a number of technical choices that need be made. Far from comprehensive, we list a few of our favorite resources that simplify development time, are easily obtainable, and have momentum within the community. Again, this list was made quickly and will be refined to fit the Web Startup Group group by the community itself. If there are any technologies that you think should be listed, simply make a comment on this page, and then we’ll update the list accordingly.

(Additionally, this is a very dynamic list, so if there are any resources you prefer go ahead and include that in your comment.)

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  • Javascript Libaries: JQueryExtJS
  • Layout/Design: CSS, Photoshop/Gimp/Inkscape
  • Server-side: PHP, Ruby, Perl
  • Databases: MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB
  • Local development: XAMPP
  • Javascript Libaries: JQueryExtJS



  • WordPress: Plugins, Themes (BestWPThemes)
  • Django
  • Drupal
  • Magento
  • PHP Frameworks: CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Yii
  • Node.js:  Express
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Cloud:  Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Heroku, and Nodejitsu





Programming Methodology


  • Basic web analytics (Google Analytics, AWStats, Adobe/Omniture)
  • Split testing tools (Google Web Optimizer, Genetify)
  • Heatmap tracking (CrazyEgg, ClickTale)
  • User Testing (UsersThink, Other Tips)
  • Customer feedback app (UserVoice, GetSatisfaction, etc.)
  • Survey tool (, Wufoo, SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, JFormer)
  • Mailing list software (MailChimp, CampaignMonitor, AWeber)
  • Event tracking analytics (Mixpanel, Nuconomy)

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  1. john connolly / May 9 2011

    Do you have anyone in the group proficient in .NET 4?

  2. Tom / Oct 21 2011

    Databases: MongoDB

    Platforms: Node.JS

    (Last post had a funky url instead of my name on top. Please use this instead)

    Platforms, Cloud: Heroku, and Nodejitsu

    Programming Methodologies: Agile

    Web programming: Memcache, SSL, and Websockets (and methods for compatibility even when clients are behind proxies)

    Real-time data streams from securities exchanges. I have implemented high throughput, low latency, feeds for servers, desktops, and mobile devices. (I’m not sure what category this falls under, but I’m happy to help people on this.)

  3. Tom / Oct 21 2011

    I also recommend using Rackspace as a great cloud hosting solution for certain projects.

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