Curation as a Service: No-Code Directories, Personal Brands, Digital Products

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“All curation grows until it requires search, and all search grows until it requires curation.” — Benedict Evans

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❓ What You’ll Learn

  • What’s curated commerce?
  • What’s programmatic curation?
  • How to find high-value B2B use cases?
  • How to build directories with no-code tools?
  • What’s your most valuable resource?
  • What are community curation platforms?
  • How to accelerate your learning process?

💎 Why It Matters

You need help finding signal in noise

🔍 Problem

It’s hard to sift through content and make good decisions without Information Overload.

💡 Solution

Curation as a Service saves you time, money and energy.

🏁 Players


  • Rob Hope • Curates design and dev resources.
  • Janel Loi • Shares tools and learning resources.
  • David Senra • Picks biographies to study and share lessons from.
  • Danielle L. Vermeer • Focuses on circular fashion and Web3.
  • Sari Azout • Building a community-curated search engine. 
  • James Clear • Sharing short ideas, questions and quotes.
  • Dru Riley • Picks topics and explores throughlines, tactics and strategies.



  • • New markets and ideas.
  • Farnam Street • Timeless lessons to help you think better.
  • The 3-2-1 Newsletter • 3 short ideas, 2 quotes and 1 question.
  • TLDR • Byte sized news in startups, tech and programming.
  • Flow State • Recommends two hours of non-verbal music every weekday. 
  • Refind • 7 links from around the web each day. 
  • Sprezza • Exploring independent menswear.

🔮 Predictions

☁️ Opportunities

🏔️ Risks

  • Uniformity • As curation becomes more popular, the value of differentiation (even for its own sake) goes up.
  • Bias •  By definition, curation is biased. Beware of blindspots. Reference multiple curators if you rely on curation. 

🔑 Key Lessons

  • Time is your most valuable asset. Unlike money, it’s nonrenewable. 
  • The more creators we have, the more curators we need. The value of curation increases with options.

🔥 Hot Takes

😠 Haters

“Curation is biased.”
This is a feature. Not a bug. Curators exercise judgment in what to include and exclude. Those who follow curators should take this into account. Consult multiple sources to reduce blindspots.

“Everyone has free access to quality information.”
The value of curation lies in accuracy, ease of access and trust. Most information can be found for “free” but time is our most valuable resource.

“I’m not an expert.”
That’s even better. Curation helps you document and accelerate your learning process. You can help newcomers without the curse of knowledge.

🔗 Links

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🙏 Thanks

Thanks to Emin Yagubov, Gina De La Rosa, Soma Mandal, Sari Azout, Samantha Patil, Breno Ferreira, Yarty Kim, Tom Arbuthnot, Darren Travel, Abhishek Verma, Sean Hua, Rick Marti, Rahul Prakash, Ross Kinkade, Dan Flatt , Jamil Abreu and Shayla Price. We had a great time jamming on this report.

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