Startup Stack: 25+ Influencers Pick Their Favorite Tools For 2016

2016 is the year of growth. For many entrepreneurs and startup founders, that means investing in new tools that can boost productivity, improve processes, and drive more profits. The question is, where do you start?

We reached out to 26 influencers and asked them to share with us their favorite tools for 2016. We also asked them to describe what the tool is and/or why they like it.

You’ll notice that there are a few repeats throughout this list—rather than using the first mention of a tool and deleting all future references, we decided to keep all tools in, whether they had already been listed by someone else or not. To us, this is a great way to illustrate how popular a particular tool—like Intercom, for example—can be for people across a wide variety of industries.

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17+ Impressive Data Visualization Examples You Need To See

By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful. ―David McCandless

As a business owner, entrepreneur, or manager of a team, you can’t afford to try to persuade or educate people using raw data alone. It’s just not an effective way to to get a point across. Instead, you need to present your data in a way that people can quickly examine and understand. You need data visualization.

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5 Real-World Data Visualization Stories That Illustrate The Value of Mapping

The best and easiest way to understand the true power and usefulness of mapping is to look at real examples from everyday life. Believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of maps are being created each and every week by businesses, nonprofits, and media organizations in an effort to sell an idea, persuade a group of people, or tell a story.

Mapping is everywhere. Why? Because visuals are extremely powerful tools. The fact is, most people can’t look at a spreadsheet filled with hundreds of rows and columns of raw data and easily understand what it all means. Data is complex. It can’t tell stories in the same way that visuals can.

If you didn’t take advantage of the power and value of mapping in 2015, this year is the year to do it. As we’ve written before on this blog, there are a number of reasons why you should be visualizing data for your business.

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4 Simple Ways To Use Data to Grow Your Business in 2016

In 2015, more people than ever before began leveraging the power of business intelligence and data to grow their businesses. With the rise of new, affordable, and easy-to-use tools, business owners began to dabble more with data. In addition to the introduction of new tools, more blog posts,  case studies, and white papers on the subject of data science and business intelligence were published last year than ever before.

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10 Business Growth Podcasts Worth Listening To In 2016

Have you ever wondered what makes a person capable of being successful in business? You can probably think of  lot of factors that impact a person’s ability to succeed: their network, their personal motivation, their wealth, their experience, their upbringing, their ideas, their ability to execute and lead others—the list goes on and on. The fact is, there’s really no secret equation that will guarantee success in life or in business. It varies from person to person. There is, however, one thing that every successful entrepreneur and business person does each and every day of their life in an effort to build a successful career.

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6 Powerful Reasons Why Your Business Should Visualize Data In 2016

“A picture is worth 1,000 words.”

You know the phrase. It’s the belief that an idea, story, or concept can be explained or conveyed with one single image. You’ve probably heard or used it in conversation yourself more times than you could count, but have you ever thought about how it could apply to your business? Consider the following statistics shared in a blog post published last year on the power of visuals:

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7 Interesting Mapping Stories From December [Round-Up]

For the last few months we’ve been sharing our favorite news stories and articles about mapping from around the globe. We created the series back in October to celebrate our love of maps—and to highlight the fact that maps are literally all around us. They are everywhere. Why? Because maps create the opportunity to present extremely complex data in a way that most people can digest and understand. Maps tell stories. They persuade. They change minds. They lead people to act. They inform.

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7 Interactive Maps That Prove Data Visualization Is Not Boring

There’s a common misconception out there that data is boring. It’s a fair opinion to have, and here’s why: no one likes the idea of going into a meeting or presentation and being inundated with rows upon rows of spreadsheet data. Likewise, no one likes listening to someone verbally spew out statistic after statistic in a futile effort to make a point or change a point of view. Not only is it an ineffective way of presenting data and persuading someone to change their mind, it’s boring for most people to experience.

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8 Interesting Mapping Stories From November [Round-Up]

Last month you may have seen that we launched a new series where we share our favorite news stories and articles about mapping from around the globe. If you missed our edition from last month, check it out here.

As we mentioned in that first post, we created the series to celebrate our love of maps—and to highlight the fact that maps are literally all around us. They are everywhere. Why? Because maps create the opportunity to present extremely complex data in a way that most people can digest and understand. Maps tell stories. They persuade. They change minds. They lead people to act. They inform.

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