A spreadsheet killer, drop-in API, a backend with built-in admin interface, and so much more. Airtable is one of the best all-around tools for startups and side projects.
Make your data super-searchable. If you’ve heard of Elasticsearch, Algolia is like that, but without the self-hosting headaches.
Integrate models from your team or the AI Marketplace with ease.
Amazon Cognito lets you add user sign-up, sign-in, and access control to your web and mobile apps quickly and easily. Amazon Cognito scales to millions of users and supports sign-in with social identity providers, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon.
The API search engine.
A simplified framework for building lambda functions on AWS.
A universal authentication & authorization platform for web, mobile, and legacy applications.
Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale.
AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running.
Very low-cost file storage.
Myriad text analysis tools available on the web or via their API. They have a generous free tier that is great for testing things out.
Tools to help you build machine learning algorithms and analyze data. Starts free for small experiments.
Visual interface for uploading, cleaning, and running machine learning experiments and creating algorithms
PHP chatbot framework
Create Your Own Website Chatbot in 5 Minutes.
Build whole web apps without a developer. Haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard good things.
Ruby on Rails “SaaS in a Box”. Good if you’re already familiar with Rails.
Adds recurring billing to Stripe.
Automate text message sending using their API.
A database platform as a service. Pay monthly for a fully managed database that can hook into your web apps.
Add advanced interaction controls to your HTML tables.
Open source tool to create an API with no code.
Cloud hosting that is among the cheapest and easiest to use in the business.
Organize and group your bookmarks. You can use their Chrome or mobile apps, then you get an RSS feed of your links. This allows you to automate all sorts of things with it.
Create diagrams and mockups online for free.
Turns your database into a full-featured API. It’s open source and built on PHP/Laravel.
Dropsource is a low-code mobile app development platform that allows organizations to leverage their enterprise data in building truly native enterprise-grade apps. With a powerful drag-and-drop UI, developers can easily develop, deploy, and maintain enterprise mobile apps without sacrificing quality or performance, and in a fraction of the time of yesterday’s tools.
Grab data from articles so you can use written content how you want to.
A data backend especially for mobile and real-time apps.
Simple embeddable form that emails you the results.
Open-source decision engine
for big-data. Plug into their API to let non-tech team members build algorithms.
Free static HTML website hosting.
Turns an existing website into a mobile app. Takes some work to customize it and add advanced features, but for small sites this is a quick way to implement mobile. The downside is that it can get quite expensive.
Build a web application in Google’s visual interface and then hook into code and data hosted on Google’s hosting platform.
While not as nice as Airtable for relating data or Wufoo for forms, Google sheets is the easiest to use as you’re probably already hooked into the Google ecosystem in some way.
One of the simplest ways to host your web applications. It requires a developer, but it’s much easier to use and maintain than Digital Ocean, AWS, or Azure.
Free (up to 1000 req/mo), $10 for 10k req/mo
The simplest and fastest way to run containers in the cloud. No VM to manage, No cluster to schedule. Also has a Docker-based serverless function tool.
A free way to get all your apps and devices talking to each other.
While it can get pricey, import.io is the best tool I’ve found for scraping data from websites.
Intercom is probably the most well-known player in the chat space, but it’s great for talking to customers or leads live.
Store any arbitrary JSON for free and access it via their API anytime.
Free datasets and projects for machine learning.
Create dashboards from your data. Can even be whitelabeled to distribute to customers.
Build a user interface for your business data.
A complete “SaaS in a box” solution for PHP developers. Built on the Laravel framework.
Web scraping in Google Sheets
Conduct live user interviews and see how users are using your product.
You may have heard about them in a podcast advertisement, but Mailchimp is great for a number of reasons. Their email template builder is simple to use and they have a generous free tier for up to 2000 subscribers. Sign up today to get a free $30 credit!
Tools for selling SaaS membership sites. Expensive, but integrates with lots of existing sites. Especially good for Wordpress.
A free, open source data visualization tool that plugs into any SQL database.
Helps you supplement your data about any website using meta tags.
Simplest way to set up recurring billing forms. Integrates with Stripe, but allows you to drop in recurring payment forms on your site.
Scheduling and room management specifically for coworking spaces, but could be adapted to other use cases.
The first tool I’ve used that has given Trello a run for its money. Your documents are more dynamic and links can be made between all sorts of records.
No datastores/filesystem access
Pagedraw generates code from an in-browser mockup.
APIs for grabbing data from various websites and social networks.
PHP wrapper that turns any database into a RESTful API. Great if you need an API and have an existing database.
When you have to share passwords or secrets, this is the way to do it. The notes will “self destruct” after a few minutes.
Open source list of publicly usable APIs. Really helpful if you need data to augment your app and you’re not sure how to get it for free/cheap.
Publish any email to the web by forwarding it on to their service.
Build custom web applications from your data.
Ideal for small-scale internal business apps. Pricing gets expensive for large user bases though.
Build real-world enterprise applications with simple Excel-like interface.
A low cost way to query your data, build dashboards to visualize data and share them with your company.
A spin on the DBaas in that it defaults to NoSQL.
Turn any RSS feed into an HTML newsletter. The web version offers limited functionality, but web developers can do much more with customizing their feeds.
Merge multiple RSS feeds into a single feed.
An open source framework for extracting the data you need from websites in a fast, simple, yet extensible way.
Sendgrid has long been my go-to for api-driven email, and now you can actually create campaigns and templates in Sendgrid as well.
Simple way to generate a web page from data in Google Sheets.
Turn your Google sheets into an API.
The easiest and most popular way to build an online store.
Slack is great for team communication, but can also be used to build public or member-only communities.
Pay as you go serverless hosting. Also supports an online code editor at https://code.xyz/
News feed data store and API.
Payment processing that you can integrate with your website or store.
Don’t use the same password for every site. Generate strong passwords with this tool and save them to a password manager.
Paid newsletter creation/distribution platform
Thunkable enables anyone to create beautiful and powerful mobile apps.
Paste a snippet of code into your website and instantly get a shopping cart.
Turn any website into an API.
The simplest, most flexible project management tool out there. A generous free tier and lots of connected apps make Trello a must-have.
Make phone calls and text messages with this popular API.
Unique styling, but very comprehensive form-building solution. Can plug into lots of other apps via Zapier or its API.
Design in their platform and they’ll generate code you can take to your site.
Create/deploy serverless API endpoints for free.
Free (1 req/s soft limit) For small projects, $10k+ for production level tasks.
Woo Commerce is an ecommerce solution built on top of Wordpress. What that means is that you get all the great open source, free extensions from Wordpress with a robust set of online shopping themes and plugins as well.
Open source software you can use to create a website, blog, or app. Thousands of free themes, plugins, and enhancements are available for free.
Turn any static HTML website into a queryable API.
Once you outgrow Google Forms, use Wufoo. It even integrates with Stripe if you need to take payments.
If you have any repetitive tasks in your life right now, get Zapier. It pays for itself in just a few minutes of setup.
It can also be used as a simple message bus to connect services for web developers.
A collection of no and low-code tools and plugins specifically for Bubble.
Workflow automation especially for backend systems, but they also let you add-on customer-facing interfaces.