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Earlier this year we set a goal: Support 250 Product Hunt meetups around the world. Although we’re primarily an online community, IRL has always been a core part of the community so we started the year strong with a big kickoff on January 28th. We hosted a 1,000+ person event in Los Angeles alongside 72 community-led meetups around the world, including Barcelona, New Delhi, Cairo, Amsterdam, Kyiv, Lagos and many others. It was a great start… and then COVID-19 hit.

Of course, we canceled our meetup plans and discouraged the community from self-assembling. …


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Last year we kicked off an experiment to find and support promising side project builders. We called it Weekend Build. Over 650 people and teams applied and after rounds of interviews, 10 were selected to participate.

Over 8 weeks we all met Sunday mornings over a video call to share updates and gather feedback from one another. We also opened our rolodex, introducing builders to experts in marketing, engineering, design, and other fields for focused office hours.

Some teams made tremendous progress, and we achieved the goal we set out in starting Weekend Build: To help more companies get started and support founders in a unique way. …


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In 2013, I wanted a place on the internet to share and discover the latest tech products with my friends. This idea turned into Product Hunt. Since then we’ve seen more than 150,000 products launch on the platform, upvoted by millions of people, and discovered by several million more. It’s become a place for makers and startups to launch their new product to the world and for curious people to discover the latest in tech, first.

But we have many more ideas we want to explore around product discovery, some that need to live independent of producthunt.com. …


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In 2017 I announced Weekend Fund, a $3M fund to back ambitious early stage startups. In that fund we invested in:


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Sometimes the most impactful companies begin as a side project, driven by curiosity and experimentation. That’s how Product Hunt started nearly six years ago. Side projects are part of the inspiration behind the name of the fund I started two years ago: Weekend Fund.

Side projects have been a part of my life since childhood, largely inspired by my supportive entrepreneurial parents. I sold candy at my parent’s video game store, built a (ugly) website of jokes from the internet, and resold electronics on eBay. Each project taught me something new. A few funded my gaming budget. 😬

At Product Hunt I’ve seen tens of thousands of makers launch their side projects to the world. Some become incredible companies. One of today’s most valuable companies had humble beginnings: Apple. The near-trillion dollar company started as a project inside Steve Jobs’ garage in Mountain View and shared with fellow tinkerers at the Homebrew Computer Club well before it was clear the mainstream wanted a computer. …


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My awesome teammates at Product Hunt :)

We’re seeing an explosion of creation in tech. Last year we saw over 20,000 products launch on Product Hunt in 2018. Every month, another 75K apps enter the App Store. Last year the number of Alexa Skills more than doubled in the U.S.

Like art, software has become a form of self-expression, a vehicle to turn an idea into a thing other people can use and enjoy. Every day on Product Hunt we see people around the world launching their startup, side project, or weekend experiment. Many of these people are solo makers, freelancers or new founders. And this audience is growing. By 2027, the U.S. …


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For over five years Product Hunt has operated as a distributed company. It’s given us access to to the world’s talent and a global perspective within the team. Today we have 18 teammates across 10 countries from India to Canada.

I live in San Francisco but am spending most of March and April in Los Angeles where I asked Twitter a question:

There are so many benefits to building a distributed team and more than ever, people are eager to adopt a remote working lifestyle. But remote working introduces many challenges.

Over 1,500 people replied (so far) to my question with their gripes and concerns. Clearly my questions resonated with many people. …


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On this episode, I’m joined by Eric Bahn from Hustle Fund in San Francisco. Hustle Fund invests in what they call “hilariously-early hustlers.” Prior to co-founding the fund, Eric worked in a number of operating roles, including as a product manager at Intuit, co-founder of a gaming company, founder of a startup to serve MBA students (that was later acquired), product manager at Facebook, co-founder of a media company called The Hustle, and EIR at 500 Startups (phew!).

On this episode we take you behind the curtain to break down exactly how venture capital works. We talk about:

  • Eric’s advice on how to break into venture capital if you’ve never worked in the space before. …


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On this episode, Abadesi talks to Matt Navarra, a social media consultant from the UK and long-time Product Hunt community member. He is a self-described “Facebook geek” who has worked in digital communications for the UK government and was previously social media director at The Next Web.

In this episode:

  • Matt analyzes current trends in the social media landscape, including whether the current craze around ephemeral content is here to stay.
  • He lays out his predictions for the future of social media 10–20 years from now, talks about the potential benefits of regulation of social media, and why algorithms need to have ethics. …


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It’s never been easier to turn an idea into a product. Making has become far more accessible thanks in part to the rise of “no code” tools and advancements made over the last few decades. In turn, we’re seeing an explosion of people use technology to build something and express themselves the same way a musician dabbles on the drums. …

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Ryan Hoover

Founder of Product Hunt. Weekend Fund investor. Follow at @rrhoover.

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