Data-driven VC #21: Top 13 Chrome plugins every VC should use
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Welcome to 400+ news readers and thank you all for participating in last week’s poll. 27% of the participating VCs classified themselves as “Old-school VCs”, 56% as “Productivity VCs” and only 17% as “Data-driven VCs”, see last week’s chart updated with black arrows and figures below.
Taking into account that the majority of “Old-school VCs” have not yet reached awareness to start their digitization journey and are thus unlikely to be among this community, the data is certainly skewed towards the right. Said differently, the poll results likely miss a significant number of “Old-school VCs” who are busy celebrating themselves and expecting to meet the next unicorn founder at their favorite golf club..
..but provide a great overview of the “state of digitization” of modern VCs. Looking at the reader distribution across these three groups, this newsletter seems to indeed have product-market fit for the “Productivity VCs”.
More interestingly though, 38% of you replied in the second poll of last week that you want to see more technical and research related “Data-driven VC” content. The fact that the interest in “Data-driven VC” content is more than 2x as high as the number of VCs who classify themselves as such clearly indicates that many “Productivity VCs” think ahead and are preparing or are already in the midst of their transition. With these insights in mind, I will make sure to assemble a well-balanced content mix in the future 🧙
So let’s focus today’s post on a topic that was requested multiple times in the past few months:
Chrome plugins, your simple but effective productivity gain
I’ve been using Chrome plugins for a long time to boost my productivity. However, I never actively searched but rather randomly stumbled over them. Their major value proposition is to prevent context switching and execute tasks within the browser right where you are. Starting with your first DMs on this topic in October last year, I kept my eyes open, asked my 30k+ LinkedIn & Twitter followers for their input, saved all relevant extensions, looked for alternatives, checked them out, tried them in my day-to-day and picked the IMO best ones out there.
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#1 Crunchbase: Get Crunchbase’s company and contact data right where you need it. Alternatives: PitchBook, CB Insights
#2 Affinity Pathfinder: Reduce time spent finding the right deal with relationship intelligence, business insights, and a connection to your CRM as you research and engage deals from websites, LinkedIn, and Gmail. Alternatives: Attio, Surfe (compatible with HubSpot, Salesforce, Pipedrive and more)
#3 PhantomBuster: Extract data from any corner of the web. Alternatives: WebScraper, Instant Data Scraper
#4 Bardeen: Automate manual work with one click! Connect 30+ apps, scrape the web, and boost your productivity. Alternatives: Zapier
#5 Hunter: Find email addresses from anywhere on the web, with just one click. Alternatives: RocketReach, getProspect, Apollo.io
#6 Text Blaze: Insert text templates anywhere using keyboard shortcuts.
#7 Compose AI: Write emails, create documents, and chat faster with the power of AI. Alternatives: ChatGPT Writer
#8 TextCortex: Your rewriting, paraphrasing and AI writing tool to write 10x faster and get out of the writer`s block instantly.
#9 Grammarly: Improve your writing with Grammarly's spell check, grammar check, punctuation check, and more.
#10 AuthoredUp: Helps you optimize the "hook" in your LinkedIn posts to make them more engaging.
#11 Loom: Record your screen and camera with one click. Share that content in an instant with a link. Alternatives: Vidyard
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#12 DocSend slide deck downloader: Download any DocSend slide deck as a PDF.
#13 Calendly: Scheduling automation platform for eliminating the back-and-forth emails for finding the perfect time. Alternatives: Mixmax, EasyWeek
Download the full list as PDF here. Did I miss your favorite plugin? Comment below!
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Thank you for the list. I adopted TextBlaze.
Super helpful for Linkedin Templates. Thank you 👍
Have a look at LanguageTool as alternative to Grammarly. https://languagetool.org/
Unlike Grammarly, it supports many languages, and you can even easily switch between languages, e.g EN + DE.
Personal recommendation: I use the Notion plugin to save interesting articles or links to my Notion database.
SimpleScrapper : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/simplescraper-%E2%80%94-a-fast-an/lnddbhdmiciimpkbilgpklcglkdegdkg