I’ve been news obsessed since I was a kid. The realtime Internet turned that budding news addiction into a full-fledged, never-ending affliction. And that’s good news for you. Because, over the years, I’ve become a curation savant. Each morning I visit about fifty news sites and from that swirling nightmare of information quicksand, I pluck the top ten most fascinating items of the day, which I deliver with a fast, pithy wit that will make your computer device vibrate with delight.
I’ve been writing and working on the web for years (a lot of years). My NextDraft Originals (longform essays) have been syndicated on NPR, Gizmodo, Forbes and Huffington Post, and the reaction to my average Tweet is not unlike the one the Beatles got during their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
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Here’s some of the buzz from those who read the blog, subscribe to the email, or have downloaded app for their iPhone or iPad?
If you like technology, ideas and culture, subscribe to the mind of Dave Pell.
Rainn Wilson, The Office
I cannot wait to get my daily edition of NextDraft. It surprises and informs and entertains - all at the same time.
Om Malik, GigaOm
NextDraft is the only newsletter I read every day.
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
NextDraft's curation is tight and thoughtful -- I always learn about something new.
Michael Calore, Wired
Seriously, if you're only going to subscribe to one email newsletter, this should be it.
Say Daily, Say Media
Dave Pell writes what is perhaps the world’s best newsletter.
Hamish McKenzie, Pando Daily
If the best of The New York Times, The Daily Show and Twitter were sucked into a black hole, NextDraft would come out the other side.
Craig Cohen, CEO, Waiter.com
I'm loving NextDraft. 10 striking bits of news wittily annotated, delivered daily. A must-read.
Melanie Pinola, Lifehacker
Dave Pell knows his way around the net like few others, and his selection of each day's news is one of best tools I have. Hard to imagine why everybody doesn't subscribe.
Howard Weaver, Former VP of McClatchy News
Smart, insightful commentary with just the right dose of snark. Day in and day out, Dave delivers.
Alex Wright, NY Times
Dave’s got a knack for digging up interesting stories that others aren’t talking about.
Dan Oshinsky, Buzzfeed
NextDraft is a great daily e-newsletter and more proof for me that there's still a bright future for smart, pithy newsletters with a distinct voice.
David Pescovitz, BoingBoing
NextDraft: Your Life Vest for the News Typhoon.
Leslie Horn, Gizmodo
Imagine an email you actually look forward to reading. Email. Bane of my existence and I actually get excited to see that it's a new NextDraft in my inbox. Subscribed!
Jason Shellen, Founder, Boxer.com
I know that after reading it, I will be a little bit smarter, a little bit funnier and a lot more interesting.
Annie Longsworth, CEO, Saatchi & SaatchiS
As a busy professional, I look forward to Dave's daily emails which give me a glimpse of the day's news in a hysterically funny yet informative way.
Beth Gerstein, CEO Brilliant Earth
It’s all the stuff you really need to know, summarized and wrapped with Dave’s unique take on things.
Giles Turnbull, Cult of Mac
Dave Pell is a first class picker, packer and shipper of the nuggets you need to know. NextDraft will make you love email again
Michael Sippey, Twitter
I love NextDraft. Every day it seems like there are ten must-read things on the web and Dave manages to find them all. This is exactly what you have been looking for.
Andre Torrez, Founder of MLKSHK
I read dozens of emails, track over 500 RSS feeds, but always make time to read NextDraft. Beyond his great curating, I love Dave's perspectives
Leslie Laredo, President, The Laredo Group
I didn’t believe I could look forward to receiving a newsletter every day, but it happened with NextDraft.
Federico Viticci , MacStories
Simply the best web curator around. Somehow Dave knows what I will be interested in. If I had to cut down to one incoming email a day, it would be NextDraft.
Tom Counts, Lawyer
The difference between Dave and most other curators is that Dave has a wicked sense of humor: he’s witty, satirical and sharp. He delivers the news with an uncanny sense of what’s really important, but is never above taking jabs at the news-makers themselves. It’s that wry humour that makes reading his news not just informative, but also entertaining.
Nathan Snelgrove, AppStorm
Ten hand-picked news items of the day, concisely written, beautifully simple design, packaged into an app: NextDraft.
Doug Bowman, Creative Director, Twitter