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Unsolicited learnings from my time at Product Hunt

I spent almost a year and a half working for one of my favorite startups, but I was totally unprepared.

I was lucky enough to be a part of some amazing things at Product Hunt, met truly incredible people, grew up personally and professionally, and learned more than any other 16 month stretch in my life.

It’s the learnings that I feel most compelled to share. Some things that may be specific to me, but hopefully something that can be helpful to you.

Totally Unprepared

I’ve always heard internet wizards say that joining an early-stage startup is the greatest learning experience anyone can get (behind failing, which is held in higher regard than the Rhodes Scholarship). …


One of my New Year’s resolutions, and the one I have stuck with most, was to listen to more podcasts. I’m a huge fan of podcasts and super long on them as a media form. They’re the best listened to on a long car ride, commute to work, or in the gym (cardio excluded).

This list is broken down by:
Episodesfavorite individual episodes
Seasons and Mini-series — listen to these sequentially

Episodes:

Seasons and Mini-Series:

This is just episode 1 of the 14-episode season. Don’t start your podcasting here, but do get to this.
This might be better than Serial.

“On the Inside” is a four-part mini-series. Listen to: Part II, Part III, Part IV

Aside from this 2-parter, Season 3 is not sequential, just a collection of stories. Listen to Part 2 here.


Nearly one year ago, indirect advice I received from you effectively changed the course of my professional life (for the better).

I’m not a very introspective person, nor am I very emotional — this whole blog posting thing for me is still really weird. Semi-frequently, someone on Twitter pings me to tell me they loved my first blog post, about deciding to learn how to code. More frequently, people in the tech community are curious as to how I landed THE internship (as mentioned in post 1) at Product Hunt. In short, it was not without trying my hand at a lot of things.

Masters in _____???

This part(s) of my life doesn’t need to be more than a couple of sentences, but for continuity I feel I must include it. …

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Andrew Ettinger

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