Making Product Hunt

Ryan Hoover
Oct 8, 2014 · 6 min read

Humble Beginnings

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Andrew’s comment made me laugh.
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Here’s the email I sent to Josh Elman, a friend and big supporter. He later invested in Product Hunt through Greylock’s Discovery Fund.
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It didn’t take much to reach the top back then. ☺
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Ironically, Product Hunt joined Y Combinator six months later.

Building Community

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I later met MG Siegler, Chris Hutchins, and Kevin Rose when raising our seed round. Google Ventures invested.
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We continue to share early mockups and now receive over 100 pieces of feedback within the first hour.
With Reuben’s permission, I used this photo in my Y Combinator Demo Day pitch.
I think I was more delighted by this tweet than Natalia was by the surprise stickers.
Big thanks to Monkey Inferno for hosting at their beautiful “office” (it’s too nice to call it an office ☺)
NYC’s happy hour was a bit crowded. A few months later, we hosted another meetup at 620 Jones in SF. Over 900 RSVP’d (!!!).
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We created a page to highlight community-organized meetups. Fun fact: 45% of the community is outside the U.S.
Big thanks to @bramk and TNW for hosting.

A Community of Makers

Andreas later joined the Product Hunt team and has been critical to our success. Super happy to have you on board, homie.
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Thousands of developers signed up for access within the first few weeks and in late October, we’re hosting the first hackathon.

Impact

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Point launched on Product Hunt by a small team of three. Within 24 hours it became the most upvoted product. One of the members of the community, Tosin Afolabi, was introduced to the team through Product Hunt and later joined the team.
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BRANDiD did well
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I really like what Jordan and team are building with Kindly (kindlychat.com)
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Thanks for that, Homer ☺

The Beginning

There are all sorts of people crazy about cameras, knitting, games, and just about every category you can think of. They’re passionate about their craft and thirst to discover the latest.

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