A Myriad of Decisions for Internet Startups

I continually get questions from students and startups such as: Which email solution provider should I use? What is the best affiliate program to launch? What about payment processing? What is the best low-cost or free web analytics software? These are tough questions for anyone to answer because most of us, even internet veterans, have tried only a handful of solutions in each category (email, affiliate, analytics, payment processing, etc.) and often have deep experience with only one. And today there are literally hundreds of available solutions, from