Jonesing for the Next Big Thing

nextbigthing

A past time I’ve enjoyed since dot.com bubble days, is choosing start-ups in the tech industry that I think are on to the ‘next big thing’.

Sometimes this belief comes indirectly by word of mouth, media or mogul.

Other times, it is by early adoption and my giddy happiness with the product (e.g. Firefox, Google, Amazon, vmWare, LinkedIn).

I am a self-confessed ‘next big thing’ junkie of the web technology. I like to check out as many new approaches to solving old problems in digital space as I can that are unmistakably colored by brilliance, audacity and approach-ability.

I’ve been a loyal, early adopter of a dozen products or so since their initial beta or first launch. Some of them have become epic, some of them just remain epic in my opinion, but, never became global rock stars for whatever reason. But, they should be.

Epic Products You Never Heard Of

A great example of this is html-kit 292. You couldn’t pay me to use any other platform for creating web pages. Another is Visibone. If I could, I would bring the joy of Bob Stein’s charts to every corner of the globe. When it’s a rainy day inside my head, two things unfailingly chase away the gloom: Listening to Credence Clearwater Revival and gazing at a Visibone chart. Seriously.)

Are You in Good.co?

So, right now, I have a short list of new and upcoming ‘next big thing’ start up technologies that are making me giddy with user experience happiness. On this list is Good.co and if you haven’t heard of it, yet, I want to change that. From the site’s About page:

Finding the right job is kind of like finding your soul mate – no matter how fantastic an opportunity may look on paper, it’s pointless if it’s not right for you. It’s only when a job feels like it

was made for you that work feels less like work and more like play. Productivity and success follow naturally because when you’re doing what you love, it’s hard to outdo you. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.

As of September 2013, the company has released the product for private beta access, so if you want to check them out, now, there are a number of ways to do that, including going to the company’s Facebook page, getting invited by a friend (uh, hellooo!) via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or email, or just going to the site and asking nicely!

Since first tooling around the site last spring, the product has had some major feature additions and updates. Feeding my inner junky, now, is the expectation that exponential giddy potential is just on the horizon. It keeps me hooked.

Are We a Match?

good.co fitscore

I love this site so much, I decided to check my personal Fit Score with them to see if Good.co and I were a good match if we were ever to, you know, like hook up and take the employment plunge, together.

Well, guess what? We’re an 80! OM freaking G!

I’m so jazzed. On okCupid, all the interesting guys are never as high a match with me as 80!

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