Monthly Archives: May 2015


Whether researching a new or existing market to understand customers and competition, or looking into Intellectual property rights to protect your idea, research is an important part of the process for any start-up business. Here you’ll find our links to pages about different types of research.

Market Research

Intellectual Property and Patents


Intellectual Property & Patents

For many businesses, exploiting and protecting Intellectual Property (or IP) rights is a core business activity. So it’s essential you do your homework to find out if others are treading on your toes – or if you’re infringing others’ intellectual property rights.

Here are a number of resources that will help you search various countries’ patents and find IP information.

You can perform free searches of the US Patent Office and find EU, German and Japanese patent documents at FPO, a free resource that includes blogs and articles on IP. You can also visit the US, EU and and UK patent offices directly, all of which have plenty of free tools and resources covering patents, copyright and trade marks.

If you’d like to license out your own intellectual property, Creative Commons offers a simple, standardised way to protect and share your IP.

Computer Tune-up & Maintenance Tools

When a computer’s new, it should run flawlessly. But as you use it and install software and applications, it’ll start to slow down. That’s usually because things like temporary files begin to clog up your hard drives, and registry entries and file links become corrupted or broken.

In these cases, you probably need the help of computer tune-up and maintenance software. These tools remove unnecessary links and corrupt files and attempt to clean your computer’s operating system to return it back to an optimised state. Below are some free tools designed to restore the health of your computer.

PC tune-up and maintenance software

Piriform’s CCleaner is one of the highest recommended tools for PCs. It has a free version and can be set to run in the background to monitor your system and keep it optimised. Similarly, IObit’s free Advanced System Care is great for optimising  and includes a registry cleaner and spy/adware removal tool.

Mac tune-up and optimising software

You can download the free Mac version of CCleaner which is great for optimising your Mac as well as offering online security and cookie management. OnyX is a free utility for verifying startup and system files and system maintenance.

Inspirational Marketing Articles

How do you get your business noticed? How do you use social media to create a buzz? On this page, we’ll link to great case studies and reading gathered from around the web.

If you find any great marketing resources we should share, please use the submissions box at the bottom of the page.

How Dropbox, Reddit, Quora, Foursquare, Groupon, Tinder & Airbnb promoted their fledgling businesses. A Fascinating article found on Reddit. 

Business Startup Fascinating Articles

Inspirational and instructional articles for startups will be linked below. If you come across great articles that you think must be shared with the startup community, please use the submissions box at the bottom of the page.

How Dropbox, Reddit, Quora, Foursquare, Groupon, Tinder & Airbnb promoted their fledgling businesses. A Fascinating article found on Reddit. 

Website Tools and Utilities

If you own or run a website, you’re always going to need tools to check it’s fit for purpose. Here are a selection of free and insightful tools you’ll find useful.


For a tool that quickly crawls your website and finds important SEO-relevant information such as meta tags and page errors, Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a fantastic utility that allows you to quickly audit your website. It works on Windows, OS X and Ubuntu.


To check your site for broken hyperlinks, download Xenu’s Link Sleuth – available for Windows/Ubuntu (instructions for running on OS X available on the site). Running the app will scour your site and report on various errors and broken links.