Kit#23 Philip Manavopoulos

First name:Philip
Last name:Manavopoulos
Country:United Kingdom
Occupation:Startup founder

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Philip, what do you do?

I’m the founder of Doorbell.io, an in-app user feedback tool for websites and mobile apps.

What is your background?

I’ve been working on Doorbell.io for about 5 years, and I’ve been working as a software engineer for 9 years.

I started Doorbell.io as a side project initially, and it’s grown organically into a full business where I work full time.

Your favorite tools to help you with your work?

I use Trello as a project management tool to organize Doorbell.io. It is definitely the easiest project management tool out there, and most flexible to fit exactly your needs. And a good price point too: free!

One of the languages used to build Doorbell.io is PHP, and PHPStorm is a great IDE for that.

Another one of the languages used in Doorbell.io is Go (Golang), and VSCode has a great extension for helping write Go.

Even though Doorbell.io is a one man business, Slack has proved to be a great notification center. Using all the amazing integration that Slack offers, alongside a custom integration which notifies me of important actions in Doorbell.io, it’s become an indispensable tool for me!

When building a startup one of the best suggestions is to solve your own problems, and “dogfood” what you’re building. So Doorbell.io uses Doorbell.io to gather feedback and manage what features need to be built, or help with customer support.

Sourcetree is a great tool for simplifying Git, and having a beautiful interface for committing code.

Your favorite tools on a personal level?

I love listening to music, so I always get good use of my Spotify subscription!

PocketCasts is my podcast app of choice, for catching up on podcasts of all sorts.

Pocket is great for saving articles I want to read but don’t have time when I stumble across them. And it’s great to be able to open Pocket when I do have time and I know there’s a long stream of things I want to read.

Your absolute favorite tool in one sentence?

Maximum flexibility, with no shortage of features. Hard to choose any other project management system over this, at least for a small team!