Launching a startup or prototype is hard and especially getting that first early adopter is even harder. If you’re like most founders, you probably don’t have money for PR but this doesn’t mean that your chances are off.
Actually you can gain the first bunch of your users from many platforms that are available to you for free. We hand picked some of the most exciting ones and enlisted them below with details on how you can put them to good use. Even if you’re based in the Balkans, such tools have power to give youÂ global visibility.
1. Product Hunt
Product Hunt is the number one destination when it comes to showcasing your product to the startup world. It has a voting system that enables your product to rise in the list of new products. Producthunt has four different categories including: Tech, Games, Books and Podcasts. You can follow other users, upvote and post your product for free and engage your followers to upvote if they like your product.
Reddit is fantastic when it comes to getting very quick feedback and have discussions on any topic around the Web. Reddit-Side projects is a great sub-reddit for new startups to get feedback on ideas for businesses and small side projects. There are other sub-reddits as well like Reddit-Entrepreneur where some founders have managed to grow their users/subscribers of the charts if people like the product of course.
AngelList is a platform for startups started by the dudes who do Venture Hacks. It’s a great place if you need funds to raise funds andÂ build a community that will help you get seed funding. Within the startup world, it’s one of the best directories for exhibiting startups globally and it also acts as a type of social network, connecting investors with startups and professionals.
CrunchBase is the leading platform to discover innovative startups and the people behind them. Crunchbase is open source and delivers insights to millions of users and businesses around the world.
The CrunchBase dataset is constantly expanding through contributions from our community of users, investment firms, and a network of global partners. Submitting your company to Crunchbase is for free and anyone can contribute to it. If if you miss the data, some other user might contribute to grow the profile.
f6s.com is considered a great location to find other founders, startup and accelerators. Founders can also apply directly to accelerators, pitch investment funds, post or apply for jobs, get free deals and grow every day through f6s. The F6S name comes from shortening the six letters between F and S in the word ‘Founders’.
6. VB Profiles
VB Profiles is a partnership between Spoke Intelligence and VentureBeat. It is a great source for timely, relevant and comprehensive information on industries, industry trends, companies and people’s designed from the ground up to meet the needs of business managers, sales, and research professionals. You can add your company or team for free here as well. Very similar to , it’s a handy tool to get updated with the trends of your industry for free.
Index’s aim is to make tools for gathering information on tech companies previously only available for Wall Street and the Fortune 500 companies – for the Main Street. There’s a great stream of updates and news that one can track directly on the platform, and when you sign-up for free you can get a notification on the latest acquisitions and other investment/funding news.You can also create your company profile for free.
Quora is one of our favorite destinations for learning and engaging with other users in different topics. Quora is a great place to get answers to your problems from other users and there are many worlds known founders that are part of it.
This means that you can use it indirectly in specific topics to discuss the features of your product, why is it better than the other, what does it take to use your product and so on. The content on Quora is fantastic and comments from users are very well thought, so when posting there make sure to elaborate a bit more than just a comment with a link to your startup/product.
Promote your startup for free
Make sure to use all possible social channels for your product / startup. Create a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, Twitter Account, Linkedin Page and other. You can do all of this for free. Then also try to pitch your product or startup to media outlets, like our site digjitale.com, and see if the editors / journalists want to feature your startup / product for free visibility.