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Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
In the words of Khaled: "Another One" It may seem like there are so many types of these sites out there (maybe too many?). BUT people need to remember that it is down to the curation. That is where the value lies. The tools and resources gathered in these types of directories have been picked for a reason and that's down to the choice of the maker. Different tools and resources work for different people/teams/startups. Always remember that :)
Rob Thorpe@rob_thorpe93 · ZEEF
@bentossell totally agree! Anyone nowadays can search for the best tools and throw them into a nice bootstrap site over an afternoon. The true added value comes from the curators hand-picked touch and experience with the specific tools, something I notice especially with @RobinGood´s ZEEF pages. https://web-design-tools.zeef.co... https://content-discovery-tools....
Frank Meeuwsen@frankmeeuwsen · Community Architect
@bentossell True. It feels like the portalsites of the year 2000 are back. What I would like to see is some background in the "why" of the curated list. Make it even simpler. Show me the one best tool and tell me why. Based on the person who curates I can try it or not.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@frankmeeuwsen ha I'd like to see a curated site with just one recommendation for each category
Frank Meeuwsen@frankmeeuwsen · Community Architect
@bentossell I feel a challenge coming up...
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@bentossell I like this one also because everything is visible on the same page. Better UX. What do I need to "login" or "create a page" for? It's not clear at first glance? Is it save your choices or something else?
Rob Thorpe@rob_thorpe93 · ZEEF
Hi @ghromis, i´m Rob, the community manager of ZEEF. You can create a page by clicking the icon on the top right of the site (or visit https://zeef.com/create-page) Can you elaborate on the point ¨Is it save your choices or something else¨? Would love to answer your question!
Rob Thorpe@rob_thorpe93 · ZEEF
@bentossell @frankmeeuwsen you can do this to a degree on ZEEF by ranking your links and also highlighting specific ones as ¨favorite¨. A nice example of this is on David Arcila´s game development ZEEF page :) https://game-development.zeef.co... Note that ZEEF is a curated directory for all development & tech subjects, not just startups!
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@rob_thorpe93 I am not clear why would I want to create a page? What would be the purpose of doing that?
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@frankmeeuwsen @bentossell There was recently featured site that shows what tools different tech companies are using. It's kind of similar to what you are looking for, since if someone is paying for it, they kind of recommend it.
Rob Thorpe@rob_thorpe93 · ZEEF
@ghromis fair point! People create ZEEF pages to help other people find quality tools & resources (in our ever overcrowded web). The result of this is an ever growing crowd-sourced directory for the development & tech community!
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@rob_thorpe93 Right, so if you would write somewhere something like: Create your own page and share it with others, sign up here, it would be better imo, than just asking me to sign up without telling me why.
Murice Damion Miller@m4murice · CEO, dotCOMpad
@bentossell @frankmeeuwsen I would actually like to see a site/web app that does all of it in one. I am working on finding a team to do that for dotcompad. Do you have any suggestions?
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@m4murice @frankmeeuwsen siftery are awesome in this space
Bulent Guneyli@bulent_guneyli
@frankmeeuwsen @bentossell That is true. Those ZEEF pages remind of DMOZ categories with a web 2.0 twist.
Lynn Fredricks@lynnfredricks · President, Paradigma Software
@bentossell Id have rather this entry had been about ZEEF itself than the actual, single content page @rob very nice, esp with the integrated suggestion and discussion.
Mohammad Keyhani
Maker
@keyhanimo · Professor, University of Calgary
Wow it's nice to wake up in the morning and see your site famous on ProductHunt! I wouldn't have posted it here myself because I didn't think of it as a product and there are many lists like it out there, and also because perhaps the list creation tool ZEEF @ZEEFCom should have been posted instead @lynnfredricks. But I'm glad it got posted here (thanks! @craigcaruso) because ultimately it's the votes that count and indicate how much value is created. I'm delighted to see this page get so many votes and views from ProductHunt. The view counts on the ZEEF page have gone from the hundreds to the thousands over night! ZEEF (@rob_thorpe93) brings value to these pages by being visually appealing and efficient, automatically fetching icons and titles, automatically and continuously checking for broken links, allowing for social ranking / view count ranking, allowing for others to suggest and contribute links, and generally making the job of a curator much easier. I have had a rough sketch of my list for three years now but had not found the right tool to post it online. I tried list.ly and collex.io but they did not have the simple feature of allowing for multiple categories / subheadings in a list. I bring value to this particular list by acting as curator. I created it initially for my students when I started teaching entrepreneurship courses at the University of Calgary. I wanted to introduce them to all the tools out there but I had trouble using the existing lists because I wanted to check every link myself, make sure it still works and is useful to my students, and I wanted to organize the list in categories that made more sense to me and were more aligned with my course content. Also, I wanted to emphasize the tools that were either free or cheap, or otherwise worthwhile for a resource-constrained bootstrapping startup. Since I teach these classes every year, I have incentive to keep my curation up to date, which again adds value to this "product". It's part of my job. That being said, I still don't think of my list as "better" than other lists out there (which I have linked to on my ZEEF page). I mostly thought of it as trying to give a cleaner, more organized and more visually appealing presentation of lists by other people, plus adding some of my own discoveries. Now after it getting so much attention on ProductHunt (@bentossell), I can see that there are about 70 new link suggestions on my ZEEF page. So really, it is no longer just "my" list even if you could think of it that way before. But I'm delighted to play the role of curator. Thank you so much ProductHunt community! Lastly, for those of you are associated with one of the companies that makes the tools listed: I would love it if more of you could provide educational licensing options or other ways of letting students play around with your products for longer than just a 15 day trial period. Trust me, it's one of the best ways of getting traction.
Mohammad Keyhani
Maker
@keyhanimo · Professor, University of Calgary
@rob_thorpe93 @bentossell @robingood I actually discovered ZEEF first through a ZEEF page on content curation that was created by @RobinGood.
Ayan Barua@ayanb · Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell @m4murice @frankmeeuwsen Thanks for the shoutout Ben! ZEEF is providing an interesting snapshot too.
Vamshi Mokshagundam@vammok · Cofounder, Siftery
@m4murice give siftery.com a spin? you can create your stack (or add more tools if someone has already created it), check out recommended products based on what you already use, and share it with the rest of the community
Troy Ruediger@troy_ruediger · Helping shape the future of sports!
@bentossell I was wondering why each and every one of these were so enticing to me. Thank you for articulating my thoughts haha
Rob Williger@robertwilliger · CEO of Cited, Inc. |Writer|Speaker
A collection of tools for entrepreneurs. What a wild idea, can't believe nobody had thought of that.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@robertwilliger Its cool to see others curation of tools and see what they value. As I said, different things work for different people. It would be boring to just see one product like this.
Dan Fennessy@dan_fennessy · Founder at Party with a Local
@robertwilliger Always handy to check another list and see if there's a tool you might have missed. I've used ZEEF before during a hackathon and it was really fast & easy for making a list of things in different categories. They are Amsterdam-based as well and seem to be doing good things. But is a list like this created on another platform really considered a 'product' worthy of PH @bentossell?
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@dan_fennessy @robertwilliger it's definitely relevant for the community. do you feel the same about sites like Startup Stash?
Dan Fennessy@dan_fennessy · Founder at Party with a Local
@bentossell I think sites like Startup Stash are different as they've been made as a standalone product/site with their own name, domain name, design etc. i.e. someone has made a real standalone product, even if the content (list) and complexity of the site is simple. I agree this particular list is really relevant to the community, as seen by the number of votes it's getting. Personally I'm just not sure a list created and hosted on another platform should be considered a standalone product. But that's up to the community & PH team to decide, just my thoughts on it as I saw it.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@dan_fennessy totally understand and appreciate your feedback Dan :)
Rob Williger@robertwilliger · CEO of Cited, Inc. |Writer|Speaker
@bentossell @dan_fennessy I certainly understand the need and desire for multiple sites with the same type of content or the argument would go why another blog, another search engine. The only thing I wonder with so many new products trying to get on Product Hunt each day it seems that there is a high number of these curated directories.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@robertwilliger @dan_fennessy understand. It's subjective to what people find useful I guess :)
planetMitch@planetmitch · @planet5D & @smartBusinessPlanet
@dan_fennessy @bentossell exactly - this shouldn't be on PH if you ask me, it is not a stand alone product and there are many other "entrepreneur" and "startup" lists hosted on this site: example: https://startup.zeef.com/hub
Prabhakar Undurthi@prabhakar_u · Founder @Snoop_Code, Entrepreneur
Amazing collection. I think it is the best curated list.
Bill Lewis@workstationw · Founder--Instant Office
Bottom line , these lists provide value when you need to find something, I have several bookmarked at all times They are excellent quick reference guides
Elena Yakusevich@sensiblena
i like the project!