Product Hunt

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Product Hunt
Product Hunt Logo.png
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The Product Hunt homepage on 5 February 2017
Type of site
Product sharing
Available in English
Founder(s) Ryan Hoover
Parent AngelList
Alexa rank Positive decrease 4051 (1862 in United States) (June 2018)[1]
Registration Optional (required to vote)
Launched November 6, 2013
Current status Online
Native client(s) on iOS, 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.

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.[2]

In November 2016, AngelList acquired Product Hunt for $20 million.[3][4]


Product Hunt launched on November 6, 2013 when it began as an email list built using Linkydink.[5] On July 17, 2014, Product Hunt announced its Y Combinator backing.[6][7]

The first version of the website was developed by Nathan Bashaw and Ryan Hoover over the Thanksgiving break in 2013.[8]

In parallel, Ryan Hoover was developing a strong community around new Product Hunt by implementing his own community building strategy.[9][10]

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

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

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.[14]

In September 2017, Product Hunt 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] Sip delivers daily tech and news stories in through their mobile app.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Coren, Michael (2016-12-01). "Product Hunt was acquired and venture capital may never be the same again". Quartz. "Quartz" owned by "Atlantic Media". 
  4. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (2016-12-01). "AngelList Acquires Product Hunt to Form a Startup Discovery Powerhouse". Fortune. "Fortune" owned by "Time Inc. (Meredith Corporation)". 
  5. ^ Kia Kokalitcheva (2014-07-17). "Product Hunt's rise: From email experiment to launchpad for startups & VC deals". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  6. ^ Ryan Hoover (2014-07-17). "YC + PH". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  7. ^ Romain Dillet. "Product Hunt Is The Social News Site Of Tech Products Read By Influential People". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  8. ^ Bashaw, Nathan (2014-06-25). "The Origin of Product Hunt". Let’s Make Things. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Techniques for Getting Traction with your Social... | Ryan Hoover". Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  10. ^ "History of Product Hunt". Academy About Product Hunt. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  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". 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. 

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