Product Hunt

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Product Hunt
Product Hunt Logo.svg
Screenshot
Product Hunt Homepage 2019.png
Product Hunt homepage on April 18, 2019
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, Android, 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. A submission simply requires a product title, URL, and tagline. As of 2016, according to 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, an Android app, and Google Chrome extension. The company's headquarters is in San Francisco.[3]

In November 2016, AngelList acquired Product Hunt for $20 million.[4][5] 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[6] built using Linkydink.[7] The first version of the website was developed by Nathan Bashaw and Ryan Hoover over the Thanksgiving break in 2013.[8] On July 17, 2014, the company announced its Y Combinator backing.[9][10]

In Fall 2014, the company announced it would receive $6.1 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.[11][12][2]

On February 5, 2015, the company won the "best new startup" of 2014 Crunchie award.[13]

In September 2015, the company added a podcast section to the site. However, in 2016, they put an end to it, stating that it would "distract from our main mission" of surfacing great products.[14]

In December 2015, the company launched an iPhone app.[3] In September 2017, it launched "Ship", which is a suite of tools for makers to generate demand for the products they create.[15]

In February 2018, Product Hunt released a new tech news aggregator app called "Sip."[16][17]

In July 2019, the company launched "Launch Day" to help users monitor their entire launch in real time.

Live chat section[edit]

Product Hunt has a live chat section on the website.[3][18][19] In September 2017, the company published a book titled How to Build a Career in Tech that includes the best career advice from the 550+ chats on the site.[20]

Product Hunt Ship[edit]

In 2017, Product Hunt launched Ship, a new toolkit for makers to ship products.[21] The product lets makers create Upcoming Pages before the product is publicly available, and through which they are able to communicate with interested parties.

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. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ Coren, Michael (2016-12-01). "Product Hunt was acquired and venture capital may never be the same again". Quartz. "Quartz" owned by "Atlantic Media".
  5. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (2016-12-01). "AngelList Acquires Product Hunt to Form a Startup Discovery Powerhouse". Fortune. "Fortune" owned by "Time Inc. (Meredith Corporation)".
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Kia Kokalitcheva (2014-07-17). "Product Hunt's rise: From email experiment to launchpad for startups & VC deals". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  8. ^ Bashaw, Nathan (2014-06-25). "The Origin of Product Hunt". Let’s Make Things. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  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. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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".
  13. ^ Sarah Perez (2015-02-05). "Product Hunt Wins Best New Startup Of 2014". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  14. ^ "Why can't I post a podcast anymore?". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Product Hunt wants to help you ship your product with its new product Ship – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  16. ^ "Product Hunt has a news app called Sip (and it's a bit like Twitter Moments)". 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  17. ^ "Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest app Sip". 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  18. ^ "Former Y Combinator Partner Garry Tan on What Too Many Startups Get Wrong". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  19. ^ "'I Will Teach You to Be Rich' Founder Ramit Sethi Shares His Secrets to Success". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  20. ^ "How to Build a Career in Tech". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  21. ^ "Ship by Product Hunt". Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-09-08.

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