14 no code apps to help build your next startup

Discover popular no code apps that can help you build and automate your next startup — without writing a single line of code.

Jeff Cardello
February 27, 2020
Entrepreneurship

We’ve all heard success stories about those startups that began in someone’s garage and went on to become large businesses. We love hearing about underdogs rising up and winning. Today’s no code tools allow businesses to be the underdogs — enabling them to build and launch without the need to write code.

14 no code development platforms for businesses 

From launching websites, building workflow automations, and developing apps, no code platforms can help startups quickly build and launch.

Here are 14 no code solutions to help you with your own startup and make what you need to do easier.

1. Webflow

webflow no code tool

Okay, we’re going to start this list with us. It’s our blog, right? But seriously, we are passionate about empowering everyone with the development tools to build professional websites. Webflow grants you the ability to create whatever website you’d like without knowing a single line of code — from SaaS websites to ecommerce stores.

With a variety of templates to get you started, and an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface, you’ll be able to bring your website from idea to launch quickly. Whether you want to start with a responsive template or build from scratch, Webflow allows full customization. Visual coding and development lets anyone take what's in their imagination and turn it into a working product.

changing font in webflow

Most startups don’t have a huge budget to spend on a website. Webflow gives you an affordable entry, letting you put up a high-quality website without spending a huge amount of time or money.

2. Scapic

scapic no code tool

Shopping online may be convenient, but not being able to see a product in person has its limitations. When looking through products on an ecommerce site, people want all of the details they can get. Photos are valuable, but they don’t always capture a true representation. This is where augmented reality comes in.

Scapic puts the power of augmented reality into your own online store — no coding required. People browsing through your products get a 360-degree view of what you’re offering. This gives them a much better representation of your products.

Having this flashy AR feature on your startup’s website may be what differentiates you from the competition. Scapic makes it easy to add this attention-grabbing tech into your own design.

scapic visualization

3. Mailchimp

mailchimp no code marketing platform

Building a startup means growing and understanding your audience.

Mailchimp’s platform includes all you need to collect customer information, analyze who they are, and get in touch with them.

You can conduct surveys, launch social media campaigns, and categorize your customer databases from Mailchimp’s all-in-one marketing platform. They also offer a number of no code integrations with software like Square and LiveChat, making it versatile and simple to automate whatever you need.

Growing your customer base and communicating with them is important, especially at the beginning stages of a startup. Mailchimp’s web app makes this a faster and smarter process.

4. Parabola

parabola no code automation tool

Integrating data into automations and connecting apps can be a pain. Parabola makes all of this manageable. Whether it's an API, external database, or the intricacies of ecommerce, Parabola streamlines connecting and automating data-related tasks in a visually driven user experience.

With Parabola’s drag-and-drop tools you can automate a process or create a workflow. Whether your data is in Salesforce, Mailchimp, Shopify, or one of the other multitudes of platforms they support, Parabola is an indispensable data management tool for your business.

5. Voiceflow

design voice apps with voiceflow

As recently as a few years ago, it was hard to imagine how far voice-activated technology would come. Siri and Alexa were once strangers, but now they're our best friends, giving us the information we're after and fielding our weird questions when we're bored (we've all asked Siri if she could pass the Turing test — or is it just me?).

Voice apps shouldn’t just be limited to people who know how to program. Voiceflow makes voice app development for Alexa tools and Google actions possible for everyone without entering even a single line of code.

Creating a voice app involves arranging drag-and-drop blocks, which builds the logic and structure for rapid application development. It’s a simple visual interface that removes all of the complexity.

If you’re an aspiring app creator who has always wanted to build something for Google or Alexa, Voiceflow’s no code application development platform lets you do just that.

design alexa skill with no code

6. Bubble

bubble no code tool

No code also removes the obstacles to software development. Bubble lets you build your own app without having to know any programming languages.

Bubble gives aspiring app developers a visual set of components to assemble and launch fully functioning end products. A lot of options for functional customization makes Bubble a powerful tool for software development and building apps.

Bubble allows anyone who has an idea to build, prototype, and launch it into the world. No code opens the gateway for creatives to make their dreams happen, no matter what their skillsets may be.

bubble backend logic flows

7. Makerpad

build no code apps with makerpad

You may know a little bit about what no code can do but want to learn more. Maybe you’d like to create something, but don’t even know if anything out there can help you. Makerpad has tutorials, tools, case studies, new apps, and other resources to help anyone find a solution for what they want to do.

Along with these resources, Makerpad has paid services that offer education, implementation, and support to startups with no code solutions.

If you’re looking for an extensive collection of all things no code, Makerpad has so much to offer.

8. Airtable

airtable no code tool

What if you could have all of the functionality of a spreadsheet and combine that with the data wrangling powers of sophisticated databases, all without having to enter in a single formula? Airtable brings spreadsheets and databases together in a single program. They stand out from other business applications by offering a versatile and customizable product that can be used for so many different things.

Whether you need to organize a calendar of project deliverables, compile a customer list, or organize any other type of information, Airtable makes it easy to create and collaborate. Their modular system of building customized tables gives you a lot of freedom in creating exactly what you need for your startup and sharing it with others.

9. Coda

coda no code tool

Coda wants to bring unity to your workflow. Instead of an unconnected web of spreadsheets, apps, and databases, Coda brings these all together in one central place: a Coda doc.

Docs can be connected through Coda Packs. You can link other platforms like Slack, Google Calendar, and Jira without having to worry. Along with a building block system for creating your own Coda doc (and fun graphic embellishments!), Coda will make managing the intricacies of your startup simple and communicating with all of your team members easy.

10. Gumroad

sell with gumroad no code tool

When we talk about startups, most of us think about the big glamorous world of tech. But those with entrepreneurial aspirations aren't limited to the digital realm. Plenty of people would like to make a living off of their own creativity.

If you have a podcast, do illustrations, make beats, or even want to do something like launch your own online course, Gumroad offers an ecommerce solution to get your creativity out there, letting artists become their own business owners.

11. Landbot

landbot no code chatbot builder

Chatbots are useful. They can give people the information they may be looking for and gather leads. Chatbots make a website feel less impersonal and help brands better connect with their audience.

Landbot lets you assemble your own chatbots and create conversation prompts that will guide your users. With an easy-to-follow workflow, you’ll be able to tie in all of the different parts of a conversation together. And with a new WhatsApp integration, you can reach fans of your brand where they’re already having conversations.

12. Zapier

connect apps with zapier

Do you have multiple applications, all generating important data that you’d like to tie together into an automated process? Zapier lets you connect different app platforms together, automating and expediting your workflow.

Zapier's automations extend to many of the familiar tools that companies use. Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, and Shopify are but a few that you can implement into an automated workflow. You'll save time by automating these processes, making Zapier a fantastic tool for bringing more efficiency to your company.

13. Thunkable

build mobile apps with thunkable

If you’re looking for another option for building mobile applications, Thunkable offers a no code app development platform for helping you build and launch your digital creations.

With drag-and-drop functionality, Thunkable lets you connect a variety of functional components to construct different user flows for your own app building. Your final mobile app creation will work on both iOS and Android without having to make any modifications on your own. And with a multitude of open source projects free for you to use, you can craft your own custom mobile apps without having to start from scratch.

building with thu

14. Typeform

typeform for no code

If you’re looking to build submission forms, surveys, or find ways to generate leads, Typeform is a great no code solution. Typeform makes data collection easy and offers a great user experience that can be fully customized to fit your brand. 

You can find a great example of Typeform being used in the application process for the company Turtle. Typeforms are super easy to make, and we have plenty of tutorials on Webflow University that show you how to integrate them into your no code stack.

With the release of Typeform Professional, you can now create personalized question paths and logic jumps where needed. Building personalized experiences for different personas and customers is now more important than ever, and Typeform allows you to do just that.

Related read: Spend your cash on customer experience, not servers

No code development lets anyone be a creator

No code doesn't mean anti-code. There will always be a place for developers and their expertise. But not knowing how to code shouldn't stop people from being able to launch their ideas, build businesses, and follow their entrepreneurial aspirations. It's exciting to see so many no code development platforms out there opening up the gateways for non-programmers to create.

Do you have your own favorite no code tool that we didn’t mention? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Jeff Cardello

Advocate for better design and professional writer excited by tech, entrepreneurship, and branding. Writes the occasional joke on Twitter.

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