The Origin of Product Hunt
A story about building something cool over a weekend
On November 6th 2013, I got an email from my friend Ryan, asking if I wanted to contribute links to his new email list thingy called Product Hunt:
Ebooks will really show their superiority when they stop being a bits version of their atom counterpart and start being something altogether new.
To me the really interesting question is how author’s behavior will need to change in order for this to happen. I see it going one of two ways:
That’s a great question!
I think the time we spend on Medium (and reading stuff online, more broadly) is displacing some of the time people used to spend reading books. So in some sense, it already is the new electronic book.
But there’s still a big need for content longer than what would comfortably fit on Medium, and authors should probably be paid for it, so they publish…
Ebook sales are 10% down from last year, according to the latest data from the AAP (a trade association representing U.S. publishing co’s).
I’m incredibly bullish on the future digital reading — hell, I’m even starting a company to make a new kind of ebook! — but this is not surprising news.
Based on my experience at Olark (saw it grow from 6 to 30 employees) and General Assembly (grew from 100 to 450 in my time), I don’t think unicorns actually slow down. It’s not as if all those smart people are slacking off, or spend all their time on useless projects. I think they just appear to slow down from a user’s point of view. Here’s why: