Product People

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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.

Show Notes

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 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.

Notable quotes

“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

Show notes

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.

Also: if you’re listening on Stitcher, please leave a review on there!

Justin Jackson

PS: By the way, I’m working on something new called Product People Club. Go to, and sign up for the waiting list. I’ll have something to announce shortly!

Music:  Land of the Lost and  Can’t Stop the Rush by Striker, visit them at

What is Product People?

A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them