A Sampler of My Favorite Lists

Back as the dot-com boom was getting underway, around 1998-1999, I was briefly in conversation with the Garage.com team about joining Jamin Patrick in the new Austin office.

Jamin had a distinguished career as an entrepreneur including as one of the first leaders of the Austin Technology Incubator. We’d also become friendly from living in the same neighborhood and seeing each other at our kids’ swim meets.

The process got as far as me going to Palo Alto to spend a day with the Garage team there, including Guy Kawasaki. A really great group, all around; but, I got cold feet and we went our different ways.

During the process, though, I vividly remember one of the deals that we were looking at seriously, at the time, was a dot-com play that was all about collecting lists of information and then making those lists available for sale. I can’t remember the name of the deal, but I remember that one of the principals was Jim Seymour of PC Magazine fame.

Anyhow, the deal never got off of the ground and now, looking back of course, it all seems a bit far-fetched. But, at the time, being a perpetual list collector myself, it naturally caught my fancy.

As time went on, Delicious and other list keeping and sharing websites arose. And, now, anything I don’t bookmark goes into a bit.ly link and gets tweeted out so that I more-or-less have an eternal set of lists and other unstructured data.

I was just going through some of them the other day and thought I’d share a few of my favorites.

If you are looking for a job, here are a couple of good ones:

If you are seeking lists of business & tech influencers and what they have to say, here are a few to consider:

If data is what you seek, here are a couple of my favorites:

Then, for a few interesting but odd-ball lists, these caught my eye:

Lastly, here’s a bonus list that is really more of a gift to the music curious: every month, Spin magazine provides from 10 to 14 songs for download, free of charge, for your iDevice.  That’s a list anyone can enjoy!