I’m often asked for my suggestions on a variety of topics around marketing, software, people, service providers, SEO, startups and more. The following are meant to help scale those answers in a broader way.
- Recommended SEO, social media and inbound marketing service providers
- My personal bar & restaurant guide to Seattle
- FAQs with answers to the most common questions I get over email
- Who’s who of Seattle startups
→ Service Providers in Seattle
• Rooster Park – our top choice for outsourced and contract software development
• Aeon Law – patent and IP attorneys
• Washington Partners – the best commercial real estate folks on the scene
• Delightful Communications – Mel Carson’s remarkable social, PR, and branding agency
→ Startup & Technology
• Hacker News – the best crowdsourced technology/startup stories on the web
• Techmeme – an algorithmically built news site for the tech field
• Fred Wilson’s AVC – NYC based VC; Fred’s among the best writers on startup topics
• Chris Dixon’s Blog – founder of Site Advisor, Hunch and Founder collective
• Mashable – social media and tech blog
• ReadWriteWeb – startup and tech blog
• Mark Suster’s Both Sides of the Table – LA based VC w/ smart perspectives
• Sean Ellis – startup advisor and talented product marketer
• Jason Cohen’s A Smart Bear – startup advice from the trenches
• Dharmesh Shah’s OnStartups – Blog and community for entrepreneurs
• Philosophy of Technology – Ashutosh Nilkanth’s excellent blog
• Geekwire – coverage of the Seattle area tech & startup worlds
→ Search & Internet Marketing
• Search Engine Land – news on the search industry and landscape
• SEOmoz – daily blog on SEO & web marketing techniques + how-to
• SEO Book – Smart analysis of the search field and SEO
• Dave Naylor – One of the more brilliant individuals in the search field
• Distilled Blog – Top notch SEO consultants sharing their findings
• Blogstorm – Patrick Altoft’s infrequently updated but always insightful analysis
• David Mihm – Among the best resources for local/places search analysis
• Seer Interactive Blog – very talented and well-written Philadelphia SEO team
• Conversation Marketing – Ian Lurie’s advice, rants & analysis of search
→ Interesting Web-Based Utilities and Applications
• Prezi – a unique platform for creating presentations
• Urbanspoon – a great restaurant rating/review source
• Oyster – terrifically in-depth hotel reviews w/ editorial photos from their team
• HipMunk – flight search done right
• SeatGuru – find the best seat on any flight; a must have for frequent fliers like me
• SEOmoz Web App – crawls your site for errors, tracks rankings, link data + traffic
→ News Sources
• NYTimes’ Most Read Articles – the most popular stories from the US’ greatest paper
• Slate.com – Opinion, analysis and creative journalism
• National Geographic News – the best coverage of the natural world
• The Stranger’s Slog – Seattle-based weekly paper with style and substance
• Five-Thirty-Eight – the most statistically rigorous and impressive political analysis
• BBC World News – extensive global news coverage
• Freakonomics Blog – the “hidden” economic factors at play in our world
→ What I Read/Visit in My Free Time
• The Everywhereist – my wife’s brilliantly humorous travel blog
• 538 – during election season, it’s the best site I’ve found for political data minus the BS
• The Sixty-One – a great site for independent music
• Metacritic – all forms of media/entertainment reviewed algorithmically
• OKTrends – a phenomenal look at the science and statistics of Internet dating
• Hulu – a solid collection of television programs, viewable online
• Kitchen Collaboration – recipes, cooking and beloved food porn; mmmmm…
→ Business(ish) Books that I’ve Found Valuable
• The Billionaire Who Wasn’t – A remarkable biography of one of my personal heroes: Chuck Feeney. This is probably the book that’s inspired me most in my professional career.
• Good to Great – From analyzing 1,435 companies over 40 years, Jim Collins’ team found 11 standouts. This book looks at the difference between the great ones and the rest.
• Built to Last – What do companies that survive for generations do differently than those who burn out fast? Another great analysis.
• Predictably Irrational – A phenomenal work from Dan Ariely on why we make seemingly irrational choices.
• The Upside of Irrationality – Another excellent book from Ariely, with a lot of new research and a personal take that helps keep the text moving.
• Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini’s seminal work on how and why mankind thinks and acts. Essential reading.
• Startup Communities – In 10 years, Boulder, CO transformed into one of the world’s startup Meccas. Brad Feld, who engineered this process but takes little credit, describes how this can be done in regions around the world.
• Lean Startup – Despite all the hype, it truly is a great book on architecting early stage startups
• Incognito – A great take on neuroscience as it relates to behavioral psychology
• Nudge – Learn about libertarian paternalism, choice architecture, and the science of how human beings can make themselves better decision-makers.
• The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Empathy is at the core of my beliefs, and this is one of the best books I’ve ever read that fosters empathetic thinking. It’s also a great reminder of how hard it is to accomplish anything when your life circumstances and surroundings negatively contribute to progress and a great reminder to stay humble.
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