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Red Bull Basement winner shares top 10 online tools for start-ups

2019 Red Bull Basement winner, Magdeline Huang, lists her top 10 tools for anyone starting a business in 2021.
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Magdeline's idea of a student item sharing platform, Temp, won over the Red Bull Basement judges in 2019, securing her $10,000 towards the development of the app Temp, an all-expenses paid trip to the Global Workshop in Toronto, and a brand new HP laptop.
Magdeline knows all about working on projects that require a lot of hours and resource with a lean team, and for her that's where online tools come in handy. She shared with us the top 10 tools she uses to help save time that any start-up could benefit from.

1. Notion

"Notion's great for organisation of every single thing and I've even made a video on it," she says.
Notion users can collate multiple organisation tools and create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management and project management in the platform.

2. Canva

Canva's a poor man's photoshop - it's free to use, full of ready to go templates and highly intuitive.
It's is a graphic design platform, commonly used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content.

3. Figma

Like Canva, Figma is also great for design work, especially app/ website prototypes.

4. Veed

Although Magdeline says she hasn't used Veed herself she describes it as "the Canva for video."
Veed is a simple video editor, like Canva it's free to use to; edit, resize, and trim video.

Draw.io

Draw.io is great for making flowcharts, and relatively similar to Lucidchart. Both are great for making diagrams and building flowcharts.

6. The full Adobe suite

In Magdeline's words, "the OG of creative work" but it requires some initial training to understand the Adobe platforms.

7. Autodesk Skechbook

This one is great for drawing, and also what Magdeline used to draw up draft designs and pages in the early stages of Tend.
Some similar alternatives are Procreate and Goodnotes, she says.

8 & 9. Copyright free photos

Unsplash is basically a huge database of copyright free aesthetic stock photos. great for building presentations, social media pages and more.
Another option if you can't find what you're looking for is Pexels which also has a database of copyright free aesthetic stock videos and photos

10. Royalty free music

Thematic or Bensound are two platforms that Magdeline suggests if you are looking for royalty free soundtracks for your promo videos, presentations or website.