Product Hunt

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Product Hunt
Product Hunt Logo.png
Screenshot
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The Product Hunt homepage on 5 February 2017
Type of site
Product sharing
Available inEnglish
Founder(s)Ryan Hoover
ParentAngelList
Websitewww.producthunt.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 4051 (1862 in United States) (June 2018)[1]
RegistrationOptional (required to vote)
LaunchedNovember 6, 2013
Current statusOnline
Native client(s) oniOS, macOS, Google Chrome

Product Hunt is a website that lets users share and discover new products. The site, which was founded by Ryan Hoover in November 2013, is backed by Y Combinator. Users submit products which are listed in a linear format by day. The site includes a comments system and a voting system similar to Hacker News or Reddit. The products with the most votes rise to the top of each day's list.

Products are organized into four categories; technology products (web apps, mobile apps, hardware products, etc.), games (PC, web, mobile apps), books and podcasts. As of July 2014 submitting products to the site is available to all members. A submission simply requires a product title, URL, and tagline. However, commenting on products is granted to only a select group of members requiring existing member approval. As of 2016, according to Ryan Hoover, the website has led to the discovery of over 100 million products across 50,000 companies.[2]

The site also includes a daily email list that sends out yesterday's top tech "hunts" (products) as well as a featured collection. A version of the digest is also available for games and books.

Product Hunt is also available as an iOS app, macOS app, and Google Chrome extension with an Android app planned.[3] The company's headquarters is in San Francisco.[4]

In November 2016, AngelList acquired Product Hunt for $20 million.[5][6] The acquisition was never confirmed by Product Hunt or AngelList when mentioned in interviews.

History[edit]

Product Hunt launched on November 6, 2013 when it began as an email list[7] built using Linkydink.[8] On July 17, 2014, Product Hunt announced its Y Combinator backing.[9][10]

The first version of the website was developed by Nathan Bashaw and Ryan Hoover over the Thanksgiving break in 2013.[11]

In parallel, Ryan Hoover was developing a strong community around new Product Hunt by implementing his own community building strategy.[12][13]

In Fall 2014, the company announced it would receive $6.1 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.[14][15][2]

On February 5, 2015, Product Hunt won the "best new startup" of 2014 Crunchie award.[16]

In September 2015, Product Hunt added a podcast section to the site. However, in 2016, they decided to put an end to it, stating that it would "distract from our main mission" of surfacing great products.[17]

In November 2015, Product Hunt launched a redesign of its homepage.[18][4] In December 2015, the company launched an iPhone app.[4]

In September 2017, Product Hunt launched "Ship", which is a suite of tools for makers to generate demand for the products they create.[19]

In February 2018, Product Hunt released a new tech news aggregator app, called "Sip."[20][21] Sip delivers daily tech and news stories in through their mobile app.

Live Chat Section[edit]

Product hunt has a live chat section on the website where visitors, users can reach out to the support system to get fast answers to their questions, as well as to learn from industry experts.[4][22][23] In September 2017, Product Hunt a book titled How to Build a Career in Tech that includes the best career advice from the 550+ LIVE Chats on the site.[24] The book was made available as a free download.

Product Hunt SHIP[edit]

In 2017, Product Hunt launched SHIP, a new toolkit for makers to ship products.[25] The product offering lets makers create Upcoming Pages before the product is publicly available, and build a community by communicating with interested users in advance, among other things.

Product Hunt Mafia[edit]

Multiple members of the Product Hunt team have gone on to start venture capital funds. In August 2017, Product Hunt's founder and CEO Ryan Hoover announced a $3M Angel Fund called The Weekend Fund.[26] In March 2018, Product Hunt's first employee Erik Torenberg announced Village Global, a $100M venture fund backed by Facebook's Mark ZuckerbergAmazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft's Bill Gates, Google's Eric Schmidt, LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, and others.[27] In April 2018, Product Hunt's marketing lead Niv Dror announced Shrug Capital, a $3M venture fund that focuses on consumer investments.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Producthunt.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Konrad, Alex. "AngelList Acquires Popular Tech Discovery Site Product Hunt To Go After Startup Jobs Search". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  3. ^ Sarah Perez (2014-07-02). "Product Hunt, The Valley's Water Cooler For Discussing New Apps And Services, Is Coming To iOS". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  4. ^ a b c d Pierce, David (2015-12-10). "Product Hunt Is Tech's New Tastemaker, and It Has Big Plans". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Coren, Michael (2016-12-01). "Product Hunt was acquired and venture capital may never be the same again". Quartz. "Quartz" owned by "Atlantic Media".
  6. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (2016-12-01). "AngelList Acquires Product Hunt to Form a Startup Discovery Powerhouse". Fortune. "Fortune" owned by "Time Inc. (Meredith Corporation)".
  7. ^ Klein, Laura; Rutter, Kate (1 November 2016). Build Better Products: A Modern Approach to Building Successful User-Centered Products. Rosenfeld Media. p. 265. ISBN 978-1933820583.
  8. ^ Kia Kokalitcheva (2014-07-17). "Product Hunt's rise: From email experiment to launchpad for startups & VC deals". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  9. ^ Ryan Hoover (2014-07-17). "YC + PH". Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  10. ^ Romain Dillet. "Product Hunt Is The Social News Site Of Tech Products Read By Influential People". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  11. ^ Bashaw, Nathan (2014-06-25). "The Origin of Product Hunt". Let’s Make Things. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  12. ^ "Techniques for Getting Traction with your Social... | Ryan Hoover". ryanhoover.me. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  13. ^ "History of Product Hunt". Academy About Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  14. ^ Steven Tweedie (2014-10-08). "After Becoming A Must-Read For The Tech World In Less Than 12 Months, Product Hunt Is Getting $6.1 Million In Funding". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  15. ^ Basich, Zoran (2014-10-08). "Andreessen Horowitz Backs Expansion Plans For Hot Tech Site Product Hunt". Wall Street Journal. "Wall Street Journal" owned by "News Corp".
  16. ^ Sarah Perez (2015-02-05). "Product Hunt Wins Best New Startup Of 2014". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  17. ^ "Why can't I post a podcast anymore?". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  18. ^ Murphy, By David; November 15, 2015 3:49PM EST; November 15, 2015. "Product Hunt Rolls Out New Redesign". PCMAG. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  19. ^ "Product Hunt wants to help you ship your product with its new product Ship – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  20. ^ "Product Hunt has a news app called Sip (and it's a bit like Twitter Moments)". 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  21. ^ "Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest app Sip". 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  22. ^ "Former Y Combinator Partner Garry Tan on What Too Many Startups Get Wrong". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  23. ^ "'I Will Teach You to Be Rich' Founder Ramit Sethi Shares His Secrets to Success". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  24. ^ "How to Build a Career in Tech". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  25. ^ "Ship by Product Hunt". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  26. ^ Flynn, Kerry. "Silicon Valley's resident nice guy is ready to try venture capital". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  27. ^ "Village Global raises $100M seed scout fund from Zuck, Bezos…". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  28. ^ "Niv Dror launches ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Capital". Axios. Retrieved 2018-09-08.

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