Essential Tools for Your Startup’s Operations Stack

As a startup founder, your to-do list seemingly never ends. In the early days of your business, everything is your responsibility, from designing your first product to making your first sale to hiring your first team. As your company grows, your responsibilities only compound: you also need to file taxes, manage employee benefits, work with investors, and establish a compliance program (to name just a few tasks). As you establish a solid foundation for your startup, you’ll need these critical tools to set your company up for success. The components of your “operations stack” can help streamline your operations so you can attend to what you do best: building your product, running resonant marketing campaigns, and driving sales.

What should you include in your operations stack?

Each of the following companies shares the same ethos: to streamline the operations required to start, grow, and scale a business. Each leverages a beautiful UI to simplify formerly complicated processes, guiding and empowering founders with a user-friendly interface and a team of “experts in the loop,” who can provide support and assistance for any needs that might arise.

With the aid of these tools, business-critical tasks that once required founders to learn new skills, hire in-house, or pay overpriced consultants are now accessible. These products serve as both a guide and support system, and they add efficiency and organization by storing work products that once lived in a hodgepodge of spreadsheets, documents, and emails in platforms dedicated to each specific task.

All these companies are pioneers of a new paradigm: beautiful products built with industry experience and supported by on-demand experts. 

  • Outsourced functionality (no need to hire a team)
  • On-demand expertise
  • Critical to security + compliance posture
  • Democratize knowledge needed to accomplish set of functions essential to businesses

Such products empower founders to handle operational tasks with minimal oversight so they can focus their resources on building and scaling their businesses.

Create a solid foundation with an optimized operations stack

Startups with solid foundations are better equipped to build to greater heights. It’s never too early to establish the systems and processes that become the hallmarks of an exceptional business.

As you build your own operations stack, embrace the new paradigm that blends exceptional design and on-demand expertise. Arm yourself with tools that empower you to make the right decisions more quickly and easily—and that allow you to focus your energy and attention on the issues that only you can solve.

Here are our top recommendations for tools to include in your operations stack.

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    Incorporation

    Devising a company-worthy idea is hard enough; legally establishing that company shouldn’t be even harder. This is typically the first hurdle founders face in the establishment of a new venture. ...
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    Carta

    Effective equity management is essential for new businesses, particularly as they begin to scale. As a company grows, equity management becomes increasingly unwieldy as founders juggle multiple investors and funding ...
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    Laika

    Like the other tools we’ve listed, our solution blends a beautifully designed, easy-to-use product with an on-demand team of experts ready to assist with any challenges that might arise. Our security and compliance experts help you translate complex ...
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    Bookkeeping/CFO

    As growing companies generate more revenue, their bookkeeping needs become more complicated—and more urgent. Founders focused on driving sustained growth may not have the time or expertise required to analyze accounting, optimize tax filings, or prepare for ...
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    Payroll, Benefits, Human Resources

    Most companies agree: their people are among their most important and cherished assets. But managing those people—from delivering their paychecks to managing their benefits to tracking their vacation days—can be both complicated and time-consuming. ...
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    Insurance

    Don't leave your brand new business out in the cold and exposed to the elements. Business insurance protects financial, intellectual, and physical assets. From commercial property and liability to auto and workers' compensation, guard your startup from ...
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    IT and Device Management

    Your IT department (or future IT/Ops team) will need endpoint management to distribute system and software updates. It also provides a single administrative point to manage security policies on devices, asset inventory, and compliance reporting for all ...
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    Banking and Finance

    It's always all about the money. Particularly when you need to manage exponentially growing assets, strategies, and people. Here are the best tools we know to help you manage your banking and finance. ...
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