This week’s guest is Ryan Hoover. We've been online friends for a few years now. Back in 2013, Ryan invited me to join a new site he'd created called ProductHunt.
This week’s guest is Ryan Hoover. We’ve been online friends for a few years now. Back in 2013, Ryan invited me to join a new site he’d created called ProductHunt.com. In the last 3 weeks, it’s exploded. He was interviewed on Fox News, he was interviewed on This Week in Startups, AND he just announced that he’s joined YCombinator.
I actually recorded this episode on January 24, 2014 (5 months ago) – before Product Hunt got huge. I thought it would be interesting to revisit that conversation: to hear from the Ryan Hoover that hadn’t yet achieved all this recent success.
Once you hear it, you’ll understand why Ryan’s done so well: he built an audience (by blogging, and creating Startup Edition), and then focused on creating something valuable for that community.
“I’ve always been entrepreneurial: as a child I created little joke books, and operated gum ball machines.” – Ryan Hoover
“I didn’t know what a Product Manager was 6 months before I became one.” – Ryan Hoover
“We built Product Hunt over 4 days, during Thanksgiving.” – Ryan Hoover
“Inspiration is perishable.” – Jason Fried
“I need to keep reminding myself that I can’t predict the future.” – Ryan Hoover
- Ryan Hoover’s blog
- Ryan Hoover twitter
- Product Hunt
- Nathan Bashaw
- TWIST interview
- Fox News interview
- TechCrunch: Ryan Hoover joins YCombinator
- Telescope by Sacha Greif
Note from Justin
I need your help. People don’t know the show is back, releasing new episodes every Thursday. I took a break back in October, and people think the show is still offline. If you could go to iTunes leave a nice review that would be superb.
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PS: By the way, I’m working on something new called Product People Club. Go to productpeople.club, and sign up for the waiting list. I’ll have something to announce shortly!
What is Product People?
A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them