I’m usually not a big fan of “Top XX” lists as they always feel arbitrary in both their length and order, but this one has some great picks. Here are my 8 favorites in no particular order:
- Kaggle - One smart effort to increase collaboration in scientific problem solving.
- Quora - The Q&A site is in great shape — I like the amazing expertise level they have maintained despite opening to mainstream topics.
- ZocDoc - I love this kind of service, the mobile web is going to bring more (but I have my doubts on the sustainability of a $250/month pricing).
- Simple - formerly BankSimple, I really like their disruptive approach to a very “old fashioned” (and now pretty disliked as well) industry. Payments are a beautiful dataset to work with as well.
- Kickstarter - great way to fund “long tail” projects. I wish they figured out a way to make it less of a donation and more of an investment.
- Singly - watch these guys and their technology, they will be at the start of a new generation of privacy-centric web service usage. See “You are the platform“.
- Dropbox - although pretty mature already, these guys haven’t said their final word at all — but they need to figure out how to break free from the Files/Folders interface and sync/store versioned pieces of data instead.
- Greplin - if there is room for a private data search engine, this could be one — and initiatives like Singly will give them more private data to work with.
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