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Product Hunt Radio is a weekly podcast with the people creating and shaping the future of tech and culture. Tune in every week with Ryan Hoover as he’s joined by founders, investors, journalists, and makers to discuss the latest in tech.

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How the tech industry can be more compassionate with April Wensel
00:52:06

On this episode Abadesi talks to April Wensel, founder of Compassionate Coding, and one of Aba’s favorite follows on Twitter. She’s a veteran software engineer who has worked in healthcare, entertainment, research and education.

In this episode they discuss...

How to make your interviews more inclusive

“What you can do is discuss problem solving on a technical level, because I think that’s really one of the most important skills as a software engineer. It’s not memorizing syntax or being able to code something up really fast on the spot, instead you turn it into an evolving conversation where you talk about architecture, how to choose frameworks, or working through refactoring problems.”

April recounts her first time hiring a team of engineers and says that it ended up being fifty percent women and people of color without making any special effort to do so. She explains how she approached the hiring process and why typical tech industry interviews, despite being used by some of the biggest companies in tech, exclude too many people from the process and don’t test for the right skills.

Why we need to change the way we think about the tech industry

“We don’t think a lot about the people who are involved in or affected by tech. We’re mostly focused on the hot new technology or whatever. That’s what inspired me to start something to change how we think about technology from the level of software engineers.”

April explains how she came to the realization about the tech industry that spurred her to create Compassionate Coding. She says that too often we don’t think enough about the human side of technology and that we need a new approach.

Why telling someone you’re non-technical is nonsensical, and why she says, "if you can use a fork, you’re technical"

“I was always hearing this term non-technical. When people call themselves non-technical, that’s heartbreaking because they’re limiting their possibilities. It’s like when people say they’re not creative. It’s such a fixed way of looking at the world that’s just not true. Whatever skills they have, they’re technical. Anything where you go really deep is technical.”

She says that in her experience in tech “non-technical” has been used as a codeword for a broad swath of unspoken reasons that someone wouldn’t fit in. She explains why we need a broader definition of technical that doesn’t just mean that someone has coding skills.

The problem of “toxic elitism” in the tech industry

“The culture that uses terms like RTFM implies that ‘I’m not going to help you, and you should be ashamed that you didn’t help yourself first.’ It assumes that this person is lazy and can’t figure things out.”

April talks about some of the toxic attitudes and behaviors that pervade tech, and specifically software engineering. She says that people are too often reticent to help each other and that there is an unwarranted sense of superiority among engineers.

How you can do your part to cultivate a positive culture at your company

“Imagine the fear that we [women and minorities] have been living in forever. Now that we’re having conversations, yes it’s making men and people from the majority groups more mindful, but yes, your words are important and it’s worth being mindful about them. It’s about not being afraid to make a mistake but knowing you will make mistakes and being humble enough to admit that and then to handle it gracefully when someone points out that you made a mistake and commit to doing better.”

Aba and April swap stories of some of the most egregious interactions they’ve had or heard about in the tech industry, and explain how we can all help to make tech more more inclusive.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Copper for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Happy Cow — Find vegan and vegetarian options near you.

Strava — The social network for runners and cyclists.

Tara Brach — Weekly meditation classes.

Jul 17, 2019
The future of fintech with Chris Hutchins and Jake Gibson
00:44:52

Ryan recently visited Grove HQ in SOMA in San Francisco to chat with two founders who know a ton about fintech.

Chris Hutchins was our gracious host and is CEO of Grove, a startup that uses people and technology to help you with your financial goals. Ryan actually met Chris in the early days of Product Hunt when he was an investor at Google Ventures. Before that, he started a company called Milk that was acquired by Google. All his life he's been a self-acknowledged financial nerd, often sharing his money-saving tips with friends, which was a large inspiration for starting Grove.

Jake Gibson is the co-founder of NerdWallet. The company started back in 2009 and helps consumers make smart financial decisions like “which credit card should I get?” or “what's the best savings account for me?” He left in 2014 and has since focused his time angel investing, primarily in fintech startups.

In this episode they discuss...

How fintech has evolved over the past decade — and why it’s so hot right now

Jake and Chris both worked in finance before becoming entrepreneurs and they talk about how that informed the companies they founded. They talk about the big changes that have happened over the last ten years and why a space that very few founders would touch just a few years ago has become one of the hottest spaces for entrepreneurs and investors.

“We all basically know the guidelines around how to be healthy, but we don’t do it, because eating broccoli sucks, and its complicated, and good food is expensive, so there are a lot of reasons why we aren’t going to do it and personal finance is the same way.” — Jake

The top financial life hacks, including why Chris says he buys his groceries at OfficeMax

People ask me, ‘where do you buy your groceries?’ and I’ll be like, ‘I buy my groceries at OfficeMax, because I buy Whole Foods gift cards at OfficeMax so that I can buy my groceries.’ You have to be kind of crazy to do that but I’m clearly there.” — Chris

Chris talks about his obsessive quest for credit card points and why, once you take a lavish vacation using only the points you’ve accrued on your cards, it makes having twelve credit cards and an index card to tell you when to spend on which one all worth it.

“I have all these credit cards and I’ve specifically gone in and said, ‘do I spend enough here to make it worth it?’ It might be that I’m the first person to volunteer to plan a trip for friends and they all think ‘wow, I’m getting this awesome benefit, my friend’s planning this trip for me, I don’t have to think about it.’ I’m like, totally, and I will do that for free, but I will put 100% of the flights and hotels on my credit card. I’ll earn the points, you get a free travel agent, and it works out really well for both of us.” — Chris

What the future holds for fintech and their favorite companies in the space

They talk about the problems they were trying to solve with the companies they co-founded, what remains to be done in the space, and some of their favorite apps for helping you get a handle on your finances.

“How do you know if a term life policy is more relevant than investing in your 401k or saving more money or putting it towards your kids’ college? How do you figure all that out? The short answer is you could build a future cash flow model and the bankers in the room are like ‘oh, I already did that’ but 99 percent of people are like ‘I have no idea.’” — Chris

The rise of crypto and how it might impact fintech

“There are a lot of people in the crypto space who don’t know anything about finance and a lot of people who know a lot about finance getting into crypto who don’t know anything about crypto, so it’ll be interesting to see how that will all evolve.” — Jake

It wouldn’t be a tech podcast without talking about crypto, right? They discuss the promise of crypto and which aspects of it are overhyped.

“People talk about how tokenizing securities — stocks and bonds and things like that — should make the world better and more efficient. Sure, if you can cut out trading costs, I think that can be helpful, but you don’t necessarily need a blockchain to do that. Additionally, everyone says one of the benefits is it’s tradable 24/7. I don’t think that’s actually a benefit.” — Jake

If you want to give Grove a try, check out hellogrove.com/producthunt to get $100 off.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Vettery and Copper for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Astra — Save money. Without thinking about it.

Cushion — Your bank and credit card fees, refunded.

Ease — Benefits administration and HR software.

Lively — Zenefits for health savings accounts.

Max My Interest— Intelligent cash management for intelligent investors.

Mint — The classic automated budget tracker.

Plaid — A REST API for your bank.

Synapse — The banking platform.

Visor — Taxes made simple.

Yodlee — Access financial data through an API.

Jul 10, 2019
How Reshma Sohoni built a successful VC firm in Europe
00:35:36

On this episode Abadesi sits down with Reshma Sohoni, co-founder and managing partner of Seedcamp. She co-founded the firm in 2007 and works with the Seedcamp team and their portfolio companies to help push early stage companies from difficult times to household names.

In this episode they discuss...

How Seedcamp discovers, attracts (and retains!) hidden talent

“We do recruit from odd places. Forty percent of our team are working mothers. On the accounting and legal side, it’s a job you can do remotely and can do with kids. We’ve recruited folks who are senior and could be doing other things, but we’ve given them flexibility and they’ve chosen to work with us.”

Reshma talks about some of the unique ways they have been able to compete for talent that others in the industry miss. She also talks about why diversity is important to the team and how being authentic about their values has helped them find people who mesh well with the culture.

How they’ve built a strong culture at Seedcamp

Reshma explains why they have clearly articulated not just want they want their employees to do, but also what they want their employees not to do. They discuss the rule at Seedcamp that a meeting should never produce another meeting, and some of the other ways that they have differentiated their culture from other VC firms.

“One of the things we say is that you’re CEO of Function X and you should run it like that. Obviously the negative is, how do you get them to work together and talk to each other? We’re conscious of that. We’ve built in online and offline systems to make sure all those pieces connect together. But that autonomy is a huge part of retention.”

Her advice for people who want to work in VC

“It helps to do jobs you don’t like early in your career. It’s huge. You really figure out what your weaknesses are and also therefore identify what your strengths are.”

Reshma talks a bit about how she got into venture capital, how it has changed and how she would advise young people looking to get into the VC game today.

“We don’t do interviews in a traditional style. It’s very much a multi-party dialog around how you’ll fit, what are your ambitions, and how do we help those?”

Why founder mental health has been getting more attention and how VCs can help the cause

Reshma talks about how they’ve taken a different approach to helping founders when it comes to some of the personal difficulties they face in building a company. She points out that some of these issues are not thing that they can discuss at for example, a board meeting. She says that they are investing in companies that can help alleviate some of these pressures generally, both for founders and others.

Which spaces she’s most excited about investing in

“We’ve made a number of investments in personalized health. We think that’s the biggest opportunity humanity has had. We believe a lot in that and we’re investing in it.”

Reshma talks about some of the products she uses from their portfolio companies and why in addition to the healthcare space, why she’s also excited about FinTech.

And of course, they talk about some of her favorite products and what the Seedcamp team uses to stay productive.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Vettery and Copper for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Airtable — Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Curve — One place to spend, send, see and save your money.

Pleo — A company card that does your expense reports.

Revolut — Spend, exchange and send money globally with no fees.

Streak — CRM in your inbox, for Gmail.

Telegram — The best messenger for every platform.

Thriva — Smart finger-prick blood tests you take at home.

TransferWise — Send money abroad without hidden and excessive bank fees.

Jul 03, 2019
How Veni Kunche helps underrepresented candidates get into tech
00:41:59

Abadesi talks to Veni Kunche, who is founder and CEO of Code with Veni, a newsletter for women in tech, and Diversify Tech, an awesome online resource for underrepresented groups trying to break into the industry.

In this episode they discuss...

How she got into tech and her advice for people trying to break into the industry

“The first programming class that I ever took was Intro To Java Programming and I got a C in it. That disqualified me from entering the computer science program. I was completely lost and had no idea what to do. I think one of the reasons that I struggled was that a lot of times university intro classes are not actually intro classes. I had no idea what code was but my classmates all seemed to know.”

Veni was the first woman in her family to go to college and she describes what that was like as someone who was unfamiliar with all the “unwritten rules” about college and the job market. She also speaks about her father, who is also a software engineer and was the first person in his family to go to college, as her inspiration to get into the industry.

She lists her advice for those trying to break into tech, including building a network before you need it, and remembering that everyone is on their own journey and their own path — so don’t sweat it if other people seem to be making more progress than you!

How companies can make their recruiting process more suitable for women and underrepresented candidates

“Research has shown that women apply only if they meet most of the requirements whereas men apply to a job even if they meet half the requirements. Sometimes people list nice-to-haves in the requirements list in a job description but they need to understand that that may be deterring people from applying.”

Veni talks about the difference between the interview process when she was applying for jobs in 1999 and now, and how it has changed (not necessarily for the better). She points out that some candidates need more accommodations and can’t necessarily take an entire day off for an interview. She also shares some of the feedback she’s given CTOs via her job board at Diversify Tech.

How she invests in her career capital and keeps up with new developments

“I usually need a project to work on. I’m not someone who can learn something just by reading. So usually I make up a project and work on it. That’s how I keep up with the new developments in tech.”

Veni describes feeling like she was behind her colleagues when coming back from maternity leave and how she got herself up to speed on new developments in the language they were working in. She talks about the challenges of landing a job when she was first starting out and how she volunteered in order to obtain work experience.

Her advice on starting companies and fostering community

“Starting a company is like a marathon. It’s not something that you do and just works. The launch is not going to determine if you’ve failed or not. You have to be continuously reflecting on what’s working, what’s not working, what changes you can make, and constantly talking to your customers.”

She shares what she’s learned after trying and failing to build a number of different companies and why she found success with Code with Veni and Diversify Tech. She explains the most important factors in building a strong community and why she still runs office hours, the program which was the initial catalyst for her two companies.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Vettery and Copper for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Airtable — Real-time spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Baby Connect — Track, log and share information daily about your baby.

Self Control — Avoid distracting websites.

Jun 26, 2019
Sahil Lavingia on “failing to build a billion-dollar company”
00:53:40

Abadesi talks to Sahil Lavingia, founder and CEO of Gumroad, an online platform that enables creators to sell directly to their customers. Sahil is a very authentic founder who is not afraid to speak uncomfortable truths, as you’ll see in the interview.

They talk about...

His journey starting Gumroad and what happened when they realized the company wasn’t going to be as successful as they had hoped

Sahil was very young when he started Gumroad (he’s only 26 now!) and had worked a couple big tech companies where he saw that “there’s a lot more duct tape in the industry than people realize.” He recounts the ups and downs of the company and what precipitated the events described in his now-famous article.

“We raised over ten million dollars from a great list of investors and realized when we were trying to raise a series B that that was unlikely to happen and went from 20 to 5 employees to get to profitability. Then we went from 5 to 1 when I could run the company by myself but luckily we’ve been able to grow the team again. Even though we’ve processed over $200 million for creators, eight years later it still feels like we’re in the first inning, as people say.”

He says that a lot of people think they can be the exception to the rule that most companies don’t succeed as much or as fast as they hope they will, and that you should remember that “you’re probably closer to the mean than you think.”

Why relationships in Silicon Valley are so transactional

Sahil talks about the difficulty of building deep relationships on a personal level in the Valley and how that changed when he moved to Provo, Utah, where he was able to find a support network. He says that people were eager to meet with him when he was perceived as successful but not so much when the company wasn’t doing well.

“There’s this transitive property of trust, where if someone that someone trusts gives you an intro to them you’re sort of guaranteed to meet them. I think network-building is better in Silicon Valley than anywhere else but it’s difficult to meet with someone multiple times and build a deep relationship without a clear agenda that’s going to help [one or the other].”

Dealing with the psychological ups-and-downs of having your identity as a founder so wrapped up in the fate of your company

“On a personal level, you do suffer, because you realize how much you’ve invested in your company and how little in yourself.”

He talks about the difficulty of admitting that your company isn’t doing as well as people think and how to find help as a founder:

“The only way you can get support is to be open about the thing that you need help with, and when your identity is so wrapped up in something that isn’t working, it’s difficult to be open about that.”

He comments on the trend of watching successful founders try to find themselves in public and in real-time on Twitter after their exits:

“They have all this time and all this money and they feel anxious and don’t know how to spend their time and don’t know what’s next for them. You realize, that’s my future if I don’t figure this stuff out.”

His philosophy of technology, both personally and at Gumroad

“Pick a couple things that you really believe in strongly and do the boring, standard things for everything else. The things that you do differently, you really want to invest in doing them differently in the right way. It’s easy to fall into the trap of doing things differently the wrong way.”

Why he believes so strongly in in-person connection

Even with the advent of technologies and tools that make it possible to connect over long distances, he points out that the physical world is much higher fidelity than the digital one:

“Technology is great and getting better but nothing replaces being in the same place as another person and breathing the same air.”

“Gumroad is great, but if it’s not making people’s lives physically better, it’s not worth it.”

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Embroker and Vettery for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

GitHub — The world’s leading software development platform.

Notion — Increase your team intelligence.

Slack — Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving and search.

Wikipedia — The free encyclopedia.

YouTube — The video-sharing site.

Zoom — Cloud videoconferencing and simple online meetings.

Jun 19, 2019
How to learn to code with Saron Yitbarek
00:47:15

Abadesi is back to host this episode with Saron Yitbarek, founder and CEO of CodeNewbie and the Codeland conference. Saron is a former journalist who started working in the tech industry and then pivoted to a technical role after learning to code from scratch.

Aba and Saron talk about...

What inspired her to get into tech, and the story of going from journalist to software engineer

“Cold emailing will get you far in life.”

Saron describes how reading the Walter Isaacson book about Steve Jobs showed her that tech can be about design and storytelling and that tech had a human side that fit with her liberal arts background. She explains how she got her first job at a tech company without any tech experience by cold emailing several founders in NYC.

“Transitioning into a new career is hard. It’s a lot harder than we’ve been telling people that it is.”

Her journey learning to code, including what she learned from the failed attempts

“I said to myself I’m going to do this full-time, I’m going to give myself a month to see if I like it and I’m not allowed to quit until the month is over. This time I said to myself, it’s going to be hard, it’s going to suck but let’s give it a month and we’ll see if it sucks less at the end of the month. And it did — it sucked less, so I continued and went about my coding journey.”

Saron talks about some of the resources she used and why having the right resources made a big difference in her eventual success. She also talks about starting the CodeNewbie community and why having a supportive community around you when learning to code is important.

How to get the most out of coding bootcamps and how to find a great job

“Your network is absolutely everything. When you’re hearing the success stories, what I’d like to know is how did that person actually get that job? Did they know a friend at the company? Do they live in San Francisco? Are they already working at a tech company in a non-technical role?”

Saron points out that it's important to manage your expectations coming out of a coding bootcamp.

“I think there is this expectation oftentimes that if I go through the bootcamp and graduate, I’m going to automatically get a job without having to go through the job search. If you go into it with that mindset, you’re going to be frustrated if it’s been a couple months and you still don’t have a job.”

How the landscape for learning to code has changed

She explains how bootcamps have evolved over time:

“I think that there is a deeper understanding of what it really takes to learn how to code and what it takes to be job-ready. Some of the programs are a little bit longer and more in-depth. They’re not trying to cover all things but instead the fundamental things. There’s a maturity in the space where we have a better understanding of what companies are actually looking for.”

She also talks about some of the communities and resources that have popped up since she was learning how to code.

Her unique formula for staying organized and productive

“Any time someone gives me a task I pull up my calendar and I will give myself a block of time to do a task. I end up with a timesheet for myself with everything I’ve been doing in a day. At the end of the month, I can tally it up in a spreadsheet and see exactly how I’m using my time.”

She also talks about some of the apps her and her team uses to stay on top of their time and their work.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Monday.com and Embroker for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Codecademy — Learn to code for free.

Dev.to — Where programmers share ideas and help each other grow.

Equitable — Split the bill fairly.

Flatiron School — Learn coding, data science and UX/UI design.

Google Calendar — Spend less time managing your day.

Google Drive — Free cloud storage for personal use.

Grasshopper — The coding app for beginners by Google.

Lambda School — A full computer science education — free until you get a job.

New York Times Crossword — A smart way to fill the breaks in your day.

Slack — Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving and search.

Treehouse — Learn to code, gain a new skill, get a new job.

Trello — Organize anything, together.

Jun 12, 2019
Secrets of Sand Hill Road with a16z's Scott Kupor
00:35:49

Scott Kupor joins Ryan on this episode to talk about his new book, Secrets of Sand Hill Road. Scott is Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and has been at the firm since it was founded. He has a long history with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, including working alongside them at Opsware in the early 2000s.

Ryan and Scott talk about...

How venture capital has changed over the past decade

“The biggest shift has been the massive amount of seed funding growth that has happened. Something like five hundred new firms focusing on seed have been formed in the last ten years in the US alone.”

Scott also points out that even though there has been an explosion in seed funding, it's still the case that less than 10% of all venture capital dollars are deployed at the seed stage.

“You’ve got this interesting dichotomy, which massive new company formation happening at the seed stage but a winnowing down of the opportunities and increasingly more capital going to winners in particular ecosystems as they mature.”

They also discuss the fact that companies are taking much longer to IPO now than they did in the past, and why that trend is here to stay.

Advice for founders in the new investment landscape

Scott talks about how founders need to adapt to the new investment landscape and walks through some of the biggest mistakes that founders make when they are trying to raise money.

“It’s cheaper than ever to start a company today and we’ve got incredible amounts of seed funding but it’s also more expensive than ever to actually scale the businesses because the markets you can go after are much bigger and people realize they have to look at international markets in parallel.”

The future of venture capital

Ryan asks what the biggest potential disruptor to venture capital could be in the next five to ten years.

“Capital is definitely no longer a scarce resource and therefore if you’re relying on capital to differentiate yourself in the market, that’s not a good place to be. Whether [the future] is ICOs or crowdfunding, I think we’ve permanently gone into a place where you have to provide something other than money to be competitive. I think we’re also going to see more blending between the private markets and the public markets.”

How to think about the long-term relationship between your company and your investors

“It turns out that most VC relationships will last longer than the average marriage in the US, which unfortunately only lasts about eight years. Sometimes you’ll be involved with VCs for ten to twelve years, so it really goes to this fundamental question of understanding the VC’s incentives but also being very clear as an entrepreneur what you expect from your VC.”

“We think about these financing rounds as though they’re episodic because they are, but they’re a part of a continuum and anything you do that doesn’t play well for subsequent investors is probably the biggest mistake I see on both the investor side and the entrepreneur side.”

How a VC thinks and how to understand their incentive structure

Scott pulls back the curtain on VC to explain how an early-stage investor thinks about evaluating your company.

“The question ultimately for an early stage VC is, imagine if this company worked — what could it become? And then the real question that follows from that is, why would I want to back this team versus any number of other teams that might have the same idea.”

Ryan also tells the story of walking into Andreessen Horowitz in sneakers and a Product Hunt kitty t-shirt to pitch the company and finding himself speaking to nearly twenty people.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Monday.com and Embroker for their support. 😸

Jun 05, 2019
Lessons from scaling a fast-growing distributed team at Zapier
00:40:28

Ryan and Wade Foster have known each other through the internet for years before recently meeting in person in Mountain View. Ryan learned so much from the coffee chat that he asked if Wade would join the podcast to share some of his stories scaling Zapier. Like Product Hunt, Zapier is a fully distributed team, although they're much bigger with 200 people in over 20 countries. They're helping makers create no-code apps and helping everyone get work done more efficiently.

Ryan and Wade talk about...

Learnings from scaling a distributed team and Zapier's “delocation package”

“We went through YC in summer 2012, and for the summer all three founders worked and lived together. That was the only time period in our company’s history where everyone was in the same location.”

Zapier is a very large distributed team, with over 200 people working completely remotely. They've only worked together one time in their history, when the founders were all at YC together in 2012. Wade talks about some of the benefits to working in a distributed team, including the fact that he has “effectively a teleportation machine” that can transport him from meeting to meeting in seconds by taking calls via Zoom, instead of having to find an open meeting room and switch between physical locations.

Zapier came up with a unique “delocation package.” As a distributed team, they offer people living in the Bay Area $10,000 to move out of the Bay Area, which a few employees have taken them up on so far.

Wade talks about how they make sure that everyone is on the same page in a fast-growing, distributed team:

“A big task that you have to do as you get bigger, is alignment. Alignment is simpler when there are fewer people. When you get bigger, you can do a lot more, which is exciting, but good smart people can pick different paths to go down, which don't necessarily solve for the customer's needs. The last 18 months we’ve worked really hard to create an OKR system that creates alignment across all these different teams.”

Managing team dynamics in a fast-growing organization

Wade talks about how managing a big team is different than a small team, and why CEOs need to pay attention to how the team is working together and how everyone is feeling about their work.

“The larger your org gets, the law of large numbers kicks in. If, say, 1% of your company is angry about something in a given day, you get to 200 people that means every day 2 people might be pretty angry about something. If you make a mistake, maybe 5-10 people are pretty angry about something. For someone who’s a natural people-pleaser, that can wear on you.”

Wade explains why it can be difficult to hire from within in a company that is growing exponentially.

“If the needs of the company outpace the needs of the individual, which is often common in these companies that are growing exponentially, there are very few people who can rise through the proverbial management ranks fast enough to match the growth of the company.”

What it's like to be CEO and the “cheat code” that CEOs get to keep in their back pocket

“CEOs get a cheat code, which I think is fair because CEOs have a crazy hard job in so many different ways. We get to hire people. If you feel like any function isn’t being successful, you get the opportunity y to go hire the best leader you can possibly find in the world. As a CEO, your job is to assemble the best team and so if you do your job right you should probably be the dumbest person in your executive team to a degree.”

Wade also talks the system he adapted from Dharmesh Shah at HubSpot to denote how urgent his communications with the team are (or aren't). They have a set of hashtags that Wade uses alongside his emails and Slack messages to make clear whether urgent action is required or not. Sometimes employees feel that any email from the CEO means action needs to be taken right away but this system ensures everyone is on the same page.

His thoughts on the no-code movement

“If you’ve got an idea and you really aren’t an engineer, you can get something up and running that is pretty good in a couple hours. I think it’s just fantastic because it allows many more people to get their ideas out into the world.”

Zapier is a big part of the no-code movement and Wade and Ryan talk about some of the coolest projects they've seen built by makers without writing code and some of the products being used alongside Zapier in the no-code movement.

“I imagine we’ll find that more and more companies are built with off-the-shelf software, which feels pretty powerful for society to enable the 99% of us who are not engineers unleash our creativity on the world.”

Joel also talks about some of this favorite products and the software the company uses to collaborate.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Pilot, Monday.com, and Embroker for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Airtable — Real-time spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Coda — It's a new day for docs.

GitHub — The world's leading software development platform.

Hubspot — Sales and marketing software.

Jira — Issue and project-tracking software.

Slack — Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving and search.

Typeform — Makes asking questions easy, human and beautiful.

Webflow — All-in-one web design platform.

Workona — Transform Chrome into a professional work tool for free.

Zoom — Cloud video conferencing and simple online meetings.

May 29, 2019
Distributed teams, extreme transparency and buying out your investors
00:41:11

On this episode Ryan is joined by Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, a simple tool manage all your social media accounts. We've been avid users, big fans, and paying customers for years.

In this episode Ryan and Joel talk about...

Joel's roundabout journey from the UK to the US via Hong Kong and Israel

Joel started Buffer with his co-founder in the UK. They lived only thirty minutes away from one another but worked remotely most of the time, preferring Skype calls and chats. After moving to the Bay Area, they ended up having to leave the US because they weren't able to get visas. He tells the story of how they decided where to go next.

“We were unable to get our visas, so we had to leave the US. I remember the three of us in an apartment in San Francisco looking at Google Maps, thinking ‘where should we go?’ We ended up going to Hong Kong for six months and then to Israel for three months.”

What it's like to manage an 85-person completely distributed team

“David Cancel, who’s at Drift now gave me really good advice. He said either go fully remote or have an office with everyone in the same place. He said it’s hard to make it work when you’re in between those two scenarios.”

Joel talks about the advantages of a distributed team, including why distributed workers tend to have more loyalty and retention with a company than Bay Area employees. He also gives his advice for setting up and running a distributed team.

“We actually went out of our way to hire the next few people outside the Bay Area just to makes sure we were really distributed and not ending up with people who felt like second-class citizens.”

Buffer's extreme transparency and how that endears the company to its customers

Joel is one of the most vulnerable and open CEOs you'll find. He talks about how he started writing on the company blog about all the highs and lows that Buffer was experiencing and how it benefitted the company in ways that you might not expect. Buffer also publicly shares their formula for determining salaries as well as the salaries of every individual in the company. Joel explains how this is empowering to employees.

“It’s just fulfilling and liberating to open up and share. I feel like it keeps us honest and doing the right things.”

He says that transparency made the company more human and that both customers and non-customers felt like they were “along for the ride” when they could learn about the interior workings of the company.

[When facing scaling challenges and angry customers] “...we would try to be very responsive on social media and email. When you’re sharing things transparently, you’re building up that trust with customers and very quickly those situations turned around into overwhelming support from customers — and even non-customers, just people cheering us on as a company.”

Why (in a very unorthodox move) Buffer bought out their investors last year

Joel explains their unique approach to company-building. He talks about how they broached the topic with their investors that Buffer might not be seeking the typical VC exit — and how they found VCs willing to partner with them on those terms.

“We shared in the negotiations that there was a good chance that we might never want to sell the company or go public.”

Of course, Joel also talks about some of his favorite products as well.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Pilot and Monday.com for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

Discourse — Civilized discussion for your community.

Superhuman — The fastest email experience ever made.

Threads — Empower your team to discuss and make decisions at scale.

May 22, 2019
The future of direct-to-consumer and e-commerce
00:27:37

Web Smith has a long history working in direct-to-consumer and e-commerce. He managed marketing spend for Rogue, a leading sports goods manufacturer back in 2011 before co-founding Mizzen + Main and later joining Gear Patrol. In 2015 he founded 2PM, a B2B media company for the commerce industry and advises leading executives in the space. Through 2PM Web also invests in early-stage DTC brands and platforms that support the consumer ecosystem.

If you've ever thought about starting your own DTC brand or online shop, you'll want to heed Web's advice.

In this episode Ryan and Web talk about...

The state of direct-to-consumer today

“It’s going to become a battle to discern which companies have sticking power and what a possible exit will look like. Casper’s potential IPO will set a standard for other brands looking to exit. We’re also looking at a lot of companies developing holding companies for these types of brands.”

Web points out that only 12% of transactions are e-commerce today — the remaining 88% comes via physical retail.

Trends in the industry and how it has evolved over the years

“The industry’s filling up pretty quickly. It’s a really dense area for people who want to become founders. They’re highly educated, from great schools, and funding is easy to come by in the DTC space for the time being. So they’re coming out of the gates from Wharton or wherever with millions of dollars in the bank and they’re probably going to get to the next milestone because they have the right founders, the right teams, and the right money. That’s the story of tens if not hundreds of consumer brands in the last two years.”

Direct-to-consumer has for several years been a hot area for founders and investors. He talks about some of the trends he's seen in the space, including which growth strategies have been effective and how companies will need to evolve in the coming years as the landscape shifts. They also discuss companies like Casper and Warby Parker getting into brick-and-mortar sales, even as they are the poster children for the disruption of brick-and-mortar.

What Web would do if he was creating a direct-to-consumer brand today

“If I was starting a DTC brand today, I would actually start with a media company. I would launch a newsletter or blog a year or two before. It’s worth your while to develop an organic base of people that are interested in the product that they have. I know that sounds counterintuitive but you’re seeing a premium on the brands that have that type of organic acquisition”

He says that paid acquisition is a commonly used strategy by DTC CMOs but that it is quickly becoming cost-prohibitive. He predicts that companies will need to adapt to different models in the future.

How to think about defensibility for direct-to-consumer companies

“[Ask yourself] Who are the people defending their purchases? How are they talking about their purchases to their friends and loved ones? How loyal are they? Will they come back to buy the next thing that you sell? That’s an element of defensibility that goes a bit unconsidered.”

Web points out that there are plenty of informal brand ambassadors for companies with strong brands. He says that the word-of-mouth spread of brand affinities is an underrated aspect of defensibility.

How direct-to-consumer companies can create a community around their brand

“When Nike released the ad with Colin Kaepernick, Nike knew what it was doing. It was going to polarize the customer base and the folks that were on their side would spend a lot of time and energy defending Nike’s decision and that would amplify the brand for those defenders.”

He says that companies need to think about their consumers in terms of one-to-many relationships instead of the one-to-one model that has been the primary model to date. Web talks about some of the communities that are forming around certain brands and how companies can encourage the creation of those communities.

They also discuss some of their favorite e-commerce or direct-to-consumer brands and companies, and Web breaks down why those companies have been successful.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Pilot for their support. 😸

Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode

AdoreMe — The new face of lingerie.

Away — Beautiful, direct-to-consumer luggage.

Chubbies — Radical shorts for your weekend.

Lacroix — Naturally essenced sparkling water.

Loop Fitness Tracker — Activity band with heart rate variance and smart guidance.

Philz — Ryan's favorite coffee.

Recess — Sparkling water infused with hemp extract and adaptogens.

ThirdLove — Better bra sizing through a self-measuring iPhone app.

May 15, 2019
Empowering the next generation of makers with no-code tools
00:34:22

AJ is mysterious. He's a maker who goes by his initials only and is the creator of Carrd, an awesome tool for creating one-page websites without any code.

AJ lives in Nashville and built Carrd entirely himself. He's a bootstrapped, solo entrepreneur and maker who's been able to make a great living building a product people love and pay for.

Luckily, he agreed to be recorded without voice masking, as Startup L Jackson requested, when Park— er, Startup L Jackson came on in the first incarnation of Product Hunt Radio.

In this episode Ryan and AJ talk about...

How AJ started Carrd as a side project which morphed into a full-blown business...

“It started out as trying to make my life easier but ended up making users’ lives easier as well. A one-page site builder sounds innocuous, but you’d be surprised at the directions something like this can go.”

He explains how he started Carrd and why he decided not to take on the large, multi-page site builders of the world.

... and how Carrd's users transformed it into something new entirely as an outlet for their creativity.

“Trends in web design means everything moves together and kind of starts to all look the same. It’s nice to see people using Card to build websites that look unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”

Among many other applications of the platform that AJ says he couldn't have foreseen, there has also been an unexpected takeover of Carrd by K-Pop fans who use it to create customized fan sites that look very... unique.

AJ explains how he thinks about the direction of the platform and how he handles feature requests...

“I try to take most new feature requests and figure out whether this is something that really only service one niche, and if so, is it a big enough niche to justify implementing that feature? But I prefer to implement things that would work for multiple groups of people. I try to look at them and think, ‘how can I distill this down to something that’s a bit more general-purpose that others can get use out of?’”

... and how inspiring it is to see the next generation of makers creating their own projects based on the platform.

“It tells you that you can do this, you don’t have to just consume, you can create, you can get out there just like everyone else and make something. It doesn’t have to just be a one-way thing. I’m glad that Card is included in this even though I didn’t intend it to be included in the sphere of no-code tools. That’s probably the coolest part of this entire thing to me.”

Some of the sites that users have created are in Ryan's words, “so internet in the best way” and are a great way for people to get into creating things on the web, which is reminiscent of the way that people creating amazing apps today got their start hacking their MySpace pages.

They also discuss what it's like to work at a single-person startup...

“The day-to-day is fundamentally just me in front of a computer, just hacking away at this thing. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get lonely. Remote work has only been a thing people have done recently. I don’t think we’ve fully realized the implications of what it means to spend your day working alone away from human interaction.”

AJ recently brought in someone to help with content moderation, but otherwise he's created, built, and scaled Carrd himself. He opens up about some of the “mistakes” he's made along the way and what he would do differently next time. He also talks about the tools he uses to build the platform.

... and why the discussion around whether a company should take venture capital or not is flawed.

He talks about whether he would want to take on venture capital and points out that people get caught up in a false dichotomy. He says that we need a more nuanced discussion of what the right type of funding is for a company that takes into account the company's age and stage.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Pilot for their support. 😸

May 08, 2019
Danielle Morrill on founder loneliness and the power of fiction
00:41:00

In 2013, Danielle Morrill was just starting up her blog, and writing about startups from a unique, data-driven lens. The blog turned out to be an MVP for what would later become Mattermark, a company she co-founded with her husband, Kevin Morrill, and Andy Sparks.

Danielle's blog was also unique in that she opened up publicly about some of the challenges she was facing at the time, such as feeling lonely as a founder. She also admits to being a “secret introvert” and how over time, even with the level of transparency she brought to her writing, blogging “came to feel a bit like performance art.”

“There’s so much content online but a lot of it is very impersonal... Pain is a little easier too bear when you share it. Sometimes it’s easy to believe when we’re struggling we’re going through something no one else has been through. But it’s not true.”

In 2017, Mattermark was acquired by FullContact and Danielle moved to Denver Colorado, where she now resides. Danielle recently joined devops platform GitLab as GM of Meltano, a developer workflow tool.

In this episode Ryan and Danielle talk about...

Her love of reading, the mind-expanding power of fiction, and her book recommendations.

Danielle admits that until recently, when she was on sabbatical, she hadn't read many of the classic “startup books.” She's checked many of those off her list now, but she still loves fiction for its mind-expanding power. She says that she thought of herself as a fairly worldly person before she started reading fiction.

“I understand a lot more about emotions like empathy and compassion after reading fiction. Each time you read a new book, you try on these new characters’ lives and you get new perspective.”

You can follow Danielle on Goodreads, “one of the most underrated social networks.” She loves to give book recommendations.

They also discuss...

The tools and strategies Danielle uses to track her time and stay productive, and how she ensures she makes time for solitude and self-reflection.

Danielle runs through the tools she uses to manage her time and how her routine of Sunday planning and reflection lets her make sure ahead of time she won't have regrets about how she spent her time that week. She talks about the importance of solitude and says that she blocks out time for it in her calendar.

“The blog was a good outlet but in a way it became another form of performance art. There’s always more truth you don’t share. There’s the internal work of constantly working towards some kind of coherent story about your life. Journaling, working out, or other things that cause you to have to be in solitude are good for that.”

She also talks about what it was like to move from Silicon Valley to Colorado and what it was like to have a co-founder who's also a spouse.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Spoka and Pilot for their support. 😸

Companies, Authors, Books and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Goodreads — The social network for book lovers.

Gyroscope — See the complete story of your life.

Haruki Murakami

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

May 01, 2019
How to think about raising your first venture fund
00:35:04

Lee Jacobs and Brian Balfour join Ryan at AngelList HQ for this week's episode.

Back in the day, Lee was one of the first syndicate leads on AngelList and later went on to join as a Partner. He previously started an education marketplace startup called Campus Dock. Ryan got to know Lee at AngelList a few years ago, when Lee was kind enough to help him craft his deck as he went out to raise his first fund. Lee is now a full-time investor with his own fund, Edelweiss, which he started with Brian Balfour, Elaine Wherry, and Todd Masonis.

Brian Balfour invests part-time at Edelweiss and spends the majority of his time as CEO of Reforge, a professional education program for experienced practitioners. We've had some of our teammates here at Product Hunt go through the program. Prior to Reforge, Brian was the VP of Growth at HubSpot, EIR at Trinity Ventures, and the founder of several startups including Boundless Learning, POPSignal, and Viximo.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What kinds of questions Lee and Brian ask founders when they first meet them
  • Some of the mistakes that first-time fund managers make and how to avoid them
  • How to think about fund strategy and why the style of your fund should match your personality
  • The importance of cultivating resilience, both as a founder and as an investor

Of course, we talk about some of their favorite products as well.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Bubble, Spoka, and Dipsea for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Investing is actually a very time consuming thing. For any operators out there who are also thinking about investing, I would highly encourage you to consider finding a partner who has a completely opposite superpower than you.” — Brian

“The key is figuring out who you are, what your investor-strategy fit is, and designing a strategy and a way that you’re going to get deal flow and what the right check size is going to be, based on who you are uniquely.” — Lee

“There are some investors out there who are very thesis-driven and others that are very people-driven. The more I do this, the more I realize that we are not the best at forming and finding the most interesting ideas and markets. With so much interesting stuff going on, I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know how it is going to play out. The entrepreneurs and people who have an organic connection are going to be the ones to find the interesting problems.” — Brian

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Dandelion Chocolate — A bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Mission District in San Francisco.

Five Minute Journal — The simplest, most effective way to be happier every day.

Krisp — Mute background noise during calls.

TweetDeck — Create a custom Twitter experience.

Twttr — Twitter's new prototype app.

YouTube TV— YouTube takes on the cable providers.

Apr 24, 2019
Why staying true to yourself is the best path to growth
00:33:43

Today I'm joined by Everette Taylor, a fellow entrepreneur and community builder that I got to know back when he was building GrowthHackers.com five years ago.

But well before this, Everette began his founder journey starting (and then selling) an events business in his teenage years. He later went on to join a few startups to run marketing and growth, including Skurt (a company I regularly used prior to its acquisition) and StickerMule (a company that makes our awesome Product Hunt stickers). Today Everette runs ET Enterprises, a collection of businesses that include PopSocial, Hayver, Millisense, and his newest venture, ArtX.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Everette's path to entrepreneurship, including dropping out of school
  • The importance of being authentic in everything you do
  • Some of his favorite self-care apps

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to Bubble, Spoka, and Dipsea for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“We get so caught up in portraying an image that isn’t real or isn’t true and I think the best way to grow is just being genuine and true to who you are because people are going to see through it. What’s the point in building a huge brand and then getting exposed later for it not being true?” — Everette

“Don’t get so caught up on the top layer of things, because at the end of the day if you’re able to build a skillset or provide value in some type of way, that’s where the magic really happens.” — Everette

“Even though I started my own company I felt like I wasn’t really experienced in the startup space. I got offered an opportunity and I left literally a week later — dropped out of school and the rest was history.” — Everette

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Apple Music— All the ways you love music, all in one place.

Cash App — Send money instantly.

ChowNow — Online ordering built just for your restaurant.

GOAT — The most trusted way to buy and sell sneakers on mobile.

Headspace — Learn to meditate and live mindfully.

Philz — Order your coffee ahead.

PopSocial — Grow your social media brand.

Roadtrip — A music listening app where you and your friends jam out together.

Slack — Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving and search.

Soothe — Massage delivered to you.

Spotify — Music for everyone.

Stripe — Payment integration and management.

Tidal — Lossless music streaming service, backed by JAY-Z.

Venmo — Make and share payments with friends.

Apr 17, 2019
Front’s experiment in radical transparency
00:32:58

In today's episode, Ryan interviews Mathilde Collin, CEO of Front. Front is a shared inbox for your team and the company is used by startups big and small. They raised a whopping $66 million from Sequoia last year.

Mathilde and Ryan met at Y Combinator, when they were in the same batch in Summer 2014. It was at that time that Ryan recognized something special about Mathilde and her team: they build fast and embrace a very transparent culture, which has no doubt led to their success.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why it's important as a founder to remain humble.
  • Why, contrary to reports of its demise, email is *not *dying.
  • How Mathilde manages company culture at a fast-growing startup with offices in both San Francisco and Paris.
  • The products she uses to stay sane and productive.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to FreshBooks, Bubble, Spoka, and Dipsea for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“There are two types of people: there are people that join the company because it’s most likely going to be successful and there are people that join because they want to make it successful. You should try to understand if the person is joining because they want to be part of the adventure or because they want to build this adventure.” — Mathilde

“People seem to be pretty happy at Front, so I try to understand why. I asked them, 'why are you happy?' The most frequent answer was the fact that they understand how their work relates to the bigger vision that we have.” — Mathilde

“It’s super important to hire people who are confident enough that they won’t care if something doesn’t work because the biggest mistake you can make is not acknowledging something isn’t working and keeping doing it. Self-confidence is something that I’ve been looking for in most hires.” — Mathilde

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Five Minute Journal — The simplest, most effective way to be happier every day.

Front — Efficient email for teams.

Headspace — Learn to meditate and live mindfully.

Apr 10, 2019
How to tell the story of your startup with Camille Ricketts and Carmel DeAmicis
00:35:49

In today's episode we talk to two expert storytellers in startupland — who also happen to be Ryan's good friends.

Carmel DeAmicis is an editor (aka word wiz) at Figma, a company that's reinventing how people design software and which recently announced a $40M round led by Sequoia. Prior to joining Figma, Ryan met Carmel when she was a reporter at Pando. She was the first journalist to write about Product Hunt and later went on to join GigaOM and Recode.

Camille Ricketts is another friend and veteran storyteller. She recently joined Notion, a hot startup building an all-in-one workspace for your notes, docs, and to-dos. Prior to joining Notion she spent nearly five years at First Round, starting and leading their content and marketing efforts. You've likely read one or many of her First Round Review articles. Earlier in her career she was a reporter at Wall Street Journal and VentureBeat and also worked at Tesla, Kiva, and the White House.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How to tell the story of your startup. Both Camille and Carmel are former reporters and they share some of the secrets they've honed over the years on what to do and what not to do when it comes to crafting the narrative around your company.
  • How Carmel and Camille ended up in their respective jobs at Figma and Notion, why it's important to take time between jobs to find the right role, and how to leverage your network to find out what a company is really like on the inside.
  • The wild, weird, wonderful world of TikTok, and why the constraints it imposes generate such creativity. Carmel talks about opening up the app to check it out for the first time and ending up staying up until three in the morning watching TikToks.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Big thanks to FreshBooks, Bubble, and Dipsea for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“It’s easy to tell a story about a company that just comes out as a collection of features but the better way to tell the story is to emphasize the outcomes that your audience actually wants.” — Camille

“At Notion, they have pictures of Engelbart. At Figma, they threw a party on a Sunday on the exact 50th anniversary of the famous 'Mother of All Demos.'” — Carmel

[In thinking about which company to join next] “You go through this conversion funnel where you maximize activity at the top of the funnel by emailing anyone who might have an idea for you, and then you winnow it down.” — Camille

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Figma — Styles, prototyping and design at scale.

Notion — Increase your team intelligence.

Superhuman — The best email experience ever made.

TikTok — A creative music video clip maker.

Apr 03, 2019
Why it's easier than ever to build an app but harder than ever to make it successful
00:46:55

Two active makers in the Product Hunt community join Ryan at AngelList in San Francisco for this week's episode of Product Hunt Radio.

Hiten Shah was recently awarded Product Hunt Community Member of the year. While that's the honor of a lifetime, he's also accomplished much more than that. He co-founded a few SaaS companies over the years, including KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg (which is still going strong after 13 years). He's now working on FYI, a tool that makes it super easy to find your documents in a few clicks.

Marie Prokopets is also a co-founder at FYI. Prior to jumping into the tech scene she was Director at Diageo, a spirit and wine company, and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Marie and Hiten built FYI. They talk about the challenges they faced in their product development process and how they've learned from them.
  • Marie's transition from working in a big company (where she occasionally rode on private jets) to founder of a startup.
  • The story of the MVP they built in just five days, and the tools they use to gather feedback from users.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList, FreshBooks and Bubble for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“If you want to get a few users using your product, that’s easy. Getting tons of usage or high retention takes a lot of work. Nail your product and then scale it is my new mantra these days.” — Hiten

“We discovered we were solving the wrong problem and there was a completely different problem that we had the opportunity to solve. Sometimes you make mistakes but the really important thing is what did you learn from that?” — Marie

“When I started, it was much easier to build something, launch it and get a whole bunch of users. Now it’s easier than ever to put something out — it’s harder than ever to make it work.” — Hiten

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Airtable — Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Bear — A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose.

Coda — It's a new day for docs.

Confluence — An open and shared workspace for teams.

FYI — Find your documents, like magic.

Glide — Create mobile apps from Google Sheets.

Meadow — On-demand medical marijuana delivery.

Notion — Increase your team intelligence.

OneTab — Save memory by converting all your open tabs into a list.

Periscope — 150X faster data analysis.

Quip — Beautiful documents on any device.

Vesper (RIP) — An elegant way to record your thoughts.

Zapier — Connect and automate 500+ web apps.

Mar 27, 2019
The present and future of the entertainment industry with John Shahidi
00:38:07

In this episode Ryan visits Shots Studios HQ in Los Angeles to chat with the company's CEO John Shahidi (aka @john on Twitter).

John and the Shots Studios team have a unique background. Ryan met John and his brother, a co-founder of the company, nearly five years ago when they were building a social network for teens. The app had no likes, comments, follower counts, or other mechanics that often enable anxiety and bullying. Their mission was to create a more positive and healthy community. They've since pivoted and built a massive network of artists, comedians, and creators that includes Alesso, Anwar, Rudy Mancuso, Lele Pons, and Anitta.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How entertainment business models have changed with the evolution of streaming platforms.
  • Why Vine had such a major influence on the current generation of content creators.
  • The end of the 22-minute-long TV episode.

We also talk about some of John's favorite products and podcasts.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList, FreshBooks and Bubble for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Vine changed entertainment… What Vine did that no one else did is it taught a very young audience how to create a story in six seconds — beginning, middle and end.”

“The streaming platforms are in the business of minutes on platform. They care about time on platform and don’t care if it’s an hour-and-a-half movie or ten nine-minute episodes. They don’t care, as long as people open up the app and stay on platform.”

“Now I open up YouTube and it takes me to home, which is not what I subscribe to, it’s not trending, it’s just what the machine knows that I want and they’re almost always right.”

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Shots Studios — Entertainment company, production studio, and talent management firm.

Snap — A new way to share the world.

Spotify Canvas — Full-screen vertical video artwork for albums.

Vine (RIP) — A community for sharing six-second video clips.

YouTube — The essential video hosting site.

Mar 20, 2019
The future of education with Lambda School's Austen Allred
00:43:34

On this episode, Abadesi talks to Austen Allred, co-founder and CEO of Lambda School. Lambda School is a pioneer in the income-sharing agreement (ISA) space. They offer live online courses in software development, data science and design that are free until you get a job, at which point you re-pay a capped portion of your income to Lambda School.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Austen's adventures abroad prior to starting Lambda School, including what he learned through his travels as a missionary in Ukraine, and the time he booked a one-way ticket to Shanghai on a whim.
  • The challenges inherent in the inflexibility of education and how Lambda School is hoping to change the traditional model of how people train for and find careers.
  • Austen's leadership style at Lambda, why he took venture capital even though he had earlier said he would never do so, and how they work as a distributed team.

We also talk about some of the tools that Austen and the team at Lambda School use to stay productive.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList, FreshBooks and Bubble for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Not much can influence somebody’s life and their outlook so much as their income. It’s crazy to me that there’s not a way of rapidly shifting people to where they should be in the economy.” — Austen

“I crave that steep learning curve and the adventure of being extremely uncomfortable. You underestimate just how difficult day-to-day life can be when you’re trying to learn a second language.” — Austen

“The problem that you want to solve is a problem that’s been around for a long time, it’s something that’s fundamental to humans — it’s not a side problem.” — Austen

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

AirPods — Wireless headphones from Apple.

Amazon Echo — Smart speaker you control with your voice.

Notion — The all-in-one workspace.

Pocket — Save and read news, articles and videos that fuel your mind.

Slack — Messaging for teams.

Superhuman — The fastest email experience ever made.

Mar 13, 2019
Venture Capital 101 with Eric Bahn
00:35:45

On this episode, Ryan sits down with 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.
  • Some of the common misconceptions about VC, including how much venture capitalists are actually paid (spoiler alert: unless you're at a big fund, it's not as much as you think).
  • Hustle Fund's investing thesis, including their unique data-driven approach to investing in early stage companies.

We also talk about the rise of “no code” and some of the best apps that are letting makers create amazing products without writing code.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Fundamentally our jobs are the most blessed in the world because we just surround ourselves with people who have a worldview, have a product, have an idea, that they wholeheartedly believe in. They’ve taken all the sacrifices to make that happen and you and I may not agree all the time with whether their vision is the correct one to be successful but it only leaves you with optimism.” — Eric

“Our thesis is driven by the notion that the single best leading indicator of success for a team — that is discernible at the pre-seed stage, is this characteristic called hustle. Whatever the core metrics that are relevant for your business, the teams that are growing aggressively against those metrics tend to grind out the best results over time.” — Eric

“These folks will look amazing on paper — maybe they worked at Facebook or Google or something previously, went to Stanford or MIT, checks all the boxes, and then you watch them work and you realize that person who was successful in the context of a larger company with more resources doesn’t necessarily have the skills that translate to cold-starting a business from scratch in a world of entropy where there’s no rules and no structure.” — Eric

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Bubble — Build a fully functional web app without any code.

Retool — Build custom internal tools in minutes.

Webflow — Build professional dynamic websites without any code.

Articles Mentioned In This Episode

Mark Suster, Both Sides: Invest in Lines, Not Dots

Kate Clark, TechCrunch: This Is How Much VCs Are Paid

Mar 06, 2019
The present and future of social media with Matt Navarra
01:01:14

On this episode, Abadesi talks to Matt Navarra, a social media consultant from the UK. 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.
  • Matt also provides a ton of tips for founders and makers to help grow their social media following.

We of course also talk about some of his favorite products to help up your social media game, tools that social media managers can't live without, and the smart home devices he loves.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes From This Episode

“If we were to spin forwards 10-20 years from now, I think that social media will look completely different. We’ve seen social media climb up the hill of ‘oh, this is amazing, we can share everything, we can touch everyone with everything we do in our lives…’ and now we’re on a downhill slide where people are saying actually this is not good. Having everyone able to talk to everyone openly with no censorship just doesn’t work.” — Matt

“One of the big reasons that Facebook is pushing us towards Facebook Stories is to do with ad revenue growth. Within News Feed at the moment you probably see an ad every sixth or seventh post. If they try to increase that and you were getting an ad every third or fourth post, that really deteriorates the quality of the experience. So Stories is a whole new innovative format for brands to advertise on.” — Matt

“Don’t worry about trying to be on every single platform. Think about who is your audience in terms of location, age, their interests. How does that marry up with the product or service that you’re selling? Use that to guide you towards the most appropriate platform.” — Matt

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Beam — Create video and slideshow posts for social media.

Google Assistant — Your own personal Google, always ready to help.

Kinzen — Refresh your news routine.

NewsWhip — Check how viral your content is.

Parse.ly Pulse — Understand audience attention.

Philips Hue — Programmable internet-connected lightbulbs.

Twitcher — Switch Twitter accounts without having to sign out/sign in.

Feb 27, 2019
How crypto will change the world with Linda Xie
00:55:23

On this episode, Abadesi interviews Linda Xie, co-founder of Scalar Capital. Scalar Capital is a San Francisco-based hedge fund specializing in crypto assets. Linda is also an advisor to 0x and former product manager at Coinbase.

In this episode:

  • Her extraordinary story of hustling to get a job at Coinbase, what it was like growing with the company as it scaled from only a few employees to one of the best-known companies in crypto, then leaving the company to start a fund with a fellow employee.
  • How she first became interested in crypto (back when Bitcoin was $200), the coolest projects she's come across in the space, and the most exciting (and world-changing) applications of cryptocurrencies.
  • The investing thesis at Scalar Capital, what kinds of companies they're looking to invest in, and how they use the power of communities to source deals.

Of course, we also talk about some of her favorite products and what she uses to become more productive, including a chatbot that can improve your emotional health, a way to simplify scheduling meetings, and an app that lets you save highlights from physical books by taking a picture with your phone.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I feel like people know a lot about crypto, they just feel like they don’t because they are very overwhelmed by information and news articles that people are posting.”

“I wasn’t even positive that I wanted to do this yet, I was just floating the idea to him and he was like, 'yeah, that sounds awesome. Do you want to put in our two weeks today?' I was like, wow, okay, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready.”

“It’s important to be able to ask dumb questions in a room. As a product manager, the worst things is if you’re totally missing something that someone’s telling you and you built the wrong product. You need to be comfortable asking someone to explain things to you.”

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Calendly — Simple, beautiful scheduling.

Highlight — Save and share highlights from physical books.

Superhuman — The fastest email experience ever made.

Trello — Organize anything, together.

Woebot — A chatbot to improve your mood using CBT.

Feb 20, 2019
How to build a remote team with Ben Halpern of Dev
00:46:36

Abadesi is back to talk to Ben Halpern, creator, founder, and webmaster of DEV, an online community where developers share ideas and help each other grow. He is also behind @ThePracticalDev on Twitter and runs DEV alongside his two other co-founders, Jess Lee and Peter Frank. Fun fact: Ben is a Canadian who moved to NYC to join a startup and never left. He spoke to Aba from Brooklyn.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why you need to lead by example when you're building an online community and how your behavior as a founder on the site can be more effective in setting a tone than complicated rules.
  • How DEV manages their distributed team, the advantages of working from home, and being honest with yourself about when you need to take a break from your work as a founder, even if it's not easy to do.
  • His love for open source, his predictions for future trends on the web and his very unique personal website, which is a throwback to the web of years past.

We also talk about his love for Tiles, the surprising usefulness of Android's Measure app, and why Ben says if you're not using a password manager, you're “not living your digital life to the fullest.”

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“[On creating good communities] It didn’t just happen by accident, we really tried to foster this stuff by example. Anytime we try to create something new, some kind of new behavior or anything, we really try to do it by leading the way and being good ourselves and then rewarding those who get it, who share our understanding of what a good community needs to be.”

“You can really do anything you can want on the web. It’s a really fascinating platform. Anything you can hear or visualize is possible, it’s just our imagination that limits it.”

“[On remote work] I would say that it’s a good idea, but it’s not going to be something you get right at first, so you’re going to have to be accepting of it being a gradual thing that you don’t give up on but you also don’t just jump in and do without the expectation that anything’s going to go wrong.”

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Amazon Alexa — Get information, news, weather, and more using just your voice.

LastPass — Essential password manager.

Measure — Measure anything with your phone.

Phillips Hue Smart Bulbs — Internet-connected color-changing lightbulbs that you can program yourself.

Tile — Track your lost items.

Feb 13, 2019
The future of consumer tech, communities and communication with Sarah Tavel and Eric Vishria of Benchmark
00:44:20

On this episode I'm visiting Benchmark Capital, one of the world's most renowned venture capital firms, at their offices in the heart of the Tenderloin in San Francisco to chat with two of its general partners, Sarah Tavel and Eric Vishria.

Sarah Tavel has a unique background as an investor, then operator, and back to investor. In the mid-2000s she joined Silicon Valley-based Bessemer where she led an investment in Pinterest and others. She went on to join Pinterest back when they were only a few dozen people before returning to venture three and a half years later. She's now a GP at Benchmark and on the board of Hipcamp and Chainalysis.

Eric Vishria started his career as an operator, working at Opsware and HP before founding Rockmelt, a social take on the web browser, back in 2008. Later the company was acquired by Yahoo where Eric joined as a VP before making a leap into venture at Benchmark. Over the past four-plus years he's lead investments in Confluent, Contentful, Amplitude, and others.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it's like to go from operating to investing and the different skillsets involved in those jobs, and why Benchmark has bucked the trend of venture firms expanding both in headcount and fund size.
  • What Sarah and Eric are looking for in an investment, which spaces they're most excited about (hint: they say that contrary to reports of its death, consumer is very much alive), and why each partner at the firm only does on average one or two investments in a year.
  • The importance of starting a company in Silicon Valley (or not) and why we're seeing more startups build outside the Valley.

We also discuss some of her favorite products, including a couple apps that are enabling new forms of communication on mobile, an “Airbnb for campsites,” and why Sarah has been playing Fortnite for “research purposes.”

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes From This Episode

“When I meet with a company that's outside the Valley, I would get on a soapbox and talk about how they have to be here if they want to scale and I always kind of thought that from zero to a couple hundred million market cap, you can build that anywhere, but to be that multibillion-dollar company, you have to be here. I still believe that but not as a strongly as I used to and it's because you do see so many examples of companies that are getting started and are getting to some scale outside of the Valley.” — Sarah

“As soon as you think it’s over, it’ll probably come from an unexpected place. It won’t be a direct competitor to Facebook, it won’t be Facebook reborn. That isn’t the way it’s going to happen, it will be something unexpected, orthogonal, that comes out of nowhere but that meets this need for people to connect. I think that it’ll happen — I don’t know where, I don’t know how.” — Eric

“It's incredible to see how big many of the other venture firms are getting, and not just from a fund perspective, but from a people perspective. It's almost like they're vertically integrating. They've got seed investing, early stage investing, growth investing, some even have you know, public equity investing, debt, you know, as part of their platform. They've got talent teams and marketing teams and customer development teams and we've just decided to stay very very focused on what we do, which is being a close partner.” — Sarah

“It's really about looking at a lot of stuff, falling in love with an opportunity and an entrepreneur and deeply engaging, whereas operating is mostly figuring out how to get stuff done and very little of figuring out what to do, in a lot of ways venture is like 90% or 95% figuring out what to do and like 5% getting it done.” — Eric

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

AutoSleep — Automatically track your sleep from your Apple Watch.

Bitmoji — Turns your avatar into stickers and emoji.

Breaker — The social podcast app.

Chainalysis — Building trust in blockchains.

Discord — Find people who share your interests.

Hipcamp — Airbnb for campsites.

Marco Polo — Keep in touch on the go.

Nextdoor — Connect to your neighbors.

Feb 06, 2019
The future of news with Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information
00:35:36

Aba is back to host this episode with Jessica Lessin, journalist, founder, and editor-in-chief of The Information. Founded in 2013, The Information breaks exclusive stories and publishes deeply reported articles about tech and startups.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What attracted to her to journalism in the first place, how she got her start at the Wall Street Journal, and why the distortion of the news industry's business model by the internet led her to start The Information.
  • What she's learned after five years running The Information, her insights on leadership, and the importance of resilience and self-awareness.
  • And of course, her take on the big tech trends on the horizon, including the possibility of tokenizing everything and the future of Facebook.

We also discuss some of her favorite products, including Google Maps, Google Photos, and Asana, which they use extensively at The Information.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I caught the reporting bug early. I thought being a reporter and never having to pick one job, but having license to learn about the world and ask smart people questions, is really just an awesome profession and also believe really passionately again that the news industry has in many ways been devastated by the internet and really needs to have a renaissance.” — Jessica

“Not only was digital advertising not going to pay the bills for these newsrooms, but it was also distorting the content, and I felt that the subscription business — which is what we are at The Information — was the antidote to that. It was the business that only worked if you delivered a quality product and earned your real relationship with your user and that loyalty. And so, in seeing what I felt was the bad reaction of the new industry to the internet, I felt like there was an opportunity to do it differently and approach coverage differently.” — Jessica

“You know, in studying and reporting on startups for so long, you see it’s never a smooth ride. What you see is only a fraction of what’s really going on.” — Jessica

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Asana — The task management tool, completely redesigned.

Google Maps — Essential mapping app.

Google Photos — Automatic backup and unlimited storage for all your photos.

Jan 30, 2019
Rethinking the traditional VC model with Bryce Roberts of Indie.VC
00:37:28

Bryce Roberts is co-founder and managing director of a different kind of VC firm, Indie.VC. He recently announced v3 of their fund model which is focused on backing revenue-generating companies that are seeking financial independence from the traditional VC rat race.

Prior to starting the fund four years ago, Bryce invested in seed stage startups in the mid-2000's out of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). Portfolio companies include Bitly, Chartbeat, Codecademy, Foursquare, Hipcamp, OpenX, and a bunch of others. He joins me all the way from his home base in Utah.

In this episode:

  • We talk all things venture capital, including how it's changed over the past decade and where it's going in the future. We've previously talked a bit about distributed teams on the startup side, but here we also talk about distributed teams when it comes to investing, including when Bryce moved from the Bay Area to Utah in the middle of a fund.
  • How founders can be more honest with themselves about what they really want, and why so many want to quit chasing venture funding that they don't really want, and which leaves them in an escalating cycle of constantly reaching for the next funding milestone.
  • We talk about which geographies in Bryce is most bullish on for startups, besides the Bay Area.
  • We also get sidetracked talking about Bryce's membership in the “first name club” on Twitter (his username is @bryce) and whether we might be seeing any of the videos he's created on TikTok anytime soon (we won't).

We also talk about some of Bryce's favorite products, including the Apple Watch, a headband that is supposed to help you sleep, and why TikTok is so addictive.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList and FreshBooks for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Part of the idea behind Indie.VC was, what kinds of companies, ideas, products and founders could exist in the world and could have their ideas and company cultures embodied in the world through technology? How would it be different or what would it look like if they didn’t have to keep asking investors for permission to exist or if they didn’t have to keep contorting and forcing themselves into the box that looks like it has a stamp on it that says 'fundable?'” — Bryce

“If you look at where funding goes, if you look at the fact that 90% of it still goes to one gender, if you look at the fact that 75 to 80% of it still goes to essentially three cities, that starts to highlight the idea that if that next milestone isn’t necessarily funding, how could you invest differently? If you could support founders who had an aversion to raising venture money because they’ve been burned by it in the past or they wanted to do things that didn’t necessarily fit that mold or people in places or who don’t look like what VCs have traditionally funded, the best way to ensure those ideas exist in them world in the short term at least is to not necessarily rely on that next fundable milestone mindset that that I think is more prevalent in venture maybe than we’d like to admit.” — Bryce

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Apple Watch — The most powerful and advanced smartwatch yet.

Bevel — A complete shaving system.

Domo — A digitally connected business, right on your phone.

Dreem — A solution that acts on your brain to enhance sleep.

Freshly Picked — Quality mom and baby products.

Pluralsight — World's largest tech and creative training library.

Qualtrics — Leading research and experience software.

TikTok — A creative music video clip maker.

Walker and Company — Making health and beauty simple for people of color.

Jan 23, 2019
Finding yourself through with social media with Taylor Lorenz
00:46:35

Aba is back to host this fun episode with Taylor Lorenz. Aba is part of the team at Product Hunt and the author of Dream Big, Hustle Hard: The Millennial Woman's Guide to Success in Tech.

Taylor Lorenz is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers technology and culture. We love the way she always finds a way to be entertaining while stirring up thought-provoking debate. She's also an all-around social media superstar.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The origins of her obsession with the web and social media, and why people always seem to be nostalgic for the internet as it was when they first discovered it.
  • Why deeming tech either universally good or universally bad is a false dichotomy and the need for a more nuanced discussion around the topic.
  • Her obsession with horror movies and the psychology of horror, and why she would never want to live on Mars.

We also discuss some of Taylor's favorite products including “Netflix for horror movies,” one of her favorite mobile community apps, and how she uses Google Maps to discover some of the best places and events near her.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to AngelList for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I think the most important thing is to recognize that sometimes it can feel like the entire internet hates you or is ganging up on you or is angry at you and it’s really important to remember that that’s not true and that’s why you have to have a lot of good offline friendships too.” — Taylor

“The founders have a responsibility to take into account the negative ways their platforms can be used. I think so many founders are delusional about how their own products are used and they want to think it’s used in some way but you are also letting Nazis on here.” — Taylor

“It’s funny, everyone seems to be nostalgic for whenever they discovered the internet, like I have a lot of colleagues that were online in the 90s and we’re just like oh, early forums or Usenets. I think maybe just being young online is a different experience.” — Taylor

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Amino — Authentic mobile communities for whatever you're into.

Google Maps — Essential mapping app, now with great discovery features.

Shudder — Stream horror, thrillers and suspense.

Tik Tok — A creative music video clip maker.

Jan 16, 2019
How to find a mentor in tech with Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko
00:56:30

We have a special guest host for this episode, my teammate at Product Hunt, Abadesi Osunsade. She is the author of Dream Big, Hustle Hard: The Millennial Woman's Guide to Success in Tech. She'll be hosting more episodes alongside me this year.

Ann Miura-Ko is a founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage VC firm in Palo Alto. She has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is an early investor in Lyft and TaskRabbit. She is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford's School of Engineering and a founding member of All Raise.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Ann recounts how she got to where she is today, including what it was like growing up with a NASA scientist for a dad. She talks about some of the formative moments in her career and explains why she says that a “career path” is a misnomer.
  • The mentors that have helped Ann throughout her career, and why she never approaches a relationship with an expectation of mentorship, but instead always “begins with an act of service.”
  • Why the tech industry should always take a step back to question whether everyone prospers from its work, the five values that drive her investments at Floodgate, and why they tell entrepreneurs “your life's work is our life's work.”
  • How she manages her children's relationships with social media (“browsing Instagram feels like not being invited to every party everyone else is having”), how she is personally working to increase the number of underrepresented founders, and the business benefit of diversity.

We also discuss some of their favorite products including an old-fashioned note-taking system for the digital age, a better way to organize your tabs in Chrome, and a built-in CRM for your Gmail inbox.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Rally Rd and AngelList, for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“My belief has always been that I never asked someone to be my mentor. I would start off with an act of service, and it wasn’t built on a belief that that act of service would then lead to mentorship.” — Ann

“In ten years, I’ve seen huge changes in the funding landscape. The opportunity for someone to access capital is so much greater than when I first got started. The playing field is not level at all but it is so much more accessible than it was ten years ago.” — Ann

“When we think about economic opportunity for the masses, when we think of better education for the masses, I believe that people envision technology playing a critical role in that. To separate out prosperity from technology advances, I think is crazy. We need to have a way of creating a better future that’s characterized by optimism and hope rather than insecurity and fear.” — Ann

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Bullet Journal — An analog note-taking system for the digital age.

Streak — CRM in your inbox, for Gmail.

Trello — Organize anything, together.

Workona — Transform Chrome into a professional work tool for free.

Jan 09, 2019
Living phone-free in Silicon Valley and the future of music tech with Justin Kan and Ranidu
00:37:29

On this episode I'm visiting Atrium's headquarters in SoMA in San Francisco to chat with two serial entrepreneurs, Justin Kan and Ranidu.

Justin Kan's career blew up in the mid-2000s when he started livestreaming himself 24/7 on Justin.tv, a Y Combinator backed startup that he co-founded. Justin.tv eventually turned into Twitch and sold to Amazon for nearly a billion dollars. He has gone on to found multiple startups since then, including Exec, Whale, and now Atrium.

Ranidu has a unique background. Before jumping into tech, he rose to fame as an R&B and hip-hop artist (check him out here). He went on to join Google before founding the first of many startups, many of which have been centered around his passion for music. We talk about a few of them including The Drop, The Artist Union, and Audius, a decentralized audio distribution platform he started earlier this year.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What they've learned from building products and startups, what lessons they would give to entrepreneurs starting out today, and how the startup and investing landscape has changed.
  • Justin explains why he says that 2010-2013 was the “sweet spot” for building and scaling a company in the Bay Area. We talk about whether distributed teams make sense due to the escalating cost of living and the battle for talent in San Francisco.
  • Whether an Apple Watch can replace your smartphone. Justin talks about how he survives in Silicon Valley without a phone, how going phone-free has changed how he works and lives and why he compares compulsive smartphone use to an addiction. He says a smartphone is a “Juul for your mind.”
  • We're all big music fans, so we also talk about artists we've been loving recently, why the lines between music genres are being blurred, and the economics of creating music for artists.

We also discuss some of their favorite products including a gratitude journal app that will improve your mental health, a “social network for athletes,” and a tool to help organize your tasks at work.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Rally Rd and AngelList, for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“We [at Atrium] have some resources, [we] have expanded, but measuring your company’s success in headcount is like measuring an airplane in weight, so it's not exactly the right measure of success.” — Justin

“As an independent artist today, it takes between three months and eighteen months between the time you stream my music to get paid, and we [at his new company Audius] think that’s wrong in 2018.” — Ranidu

“I think the sweet spot [to build a company in the Bay Area] was in 2010 through 2013 or so, where the costs were relatively much lower on the startup salary side. Now your million dollars is good for hiring two machine learning engineers.” — Justin

“A lot of days [in my gratitude journal] I write about how awesome it is to live in San Francisco and have all these resources and friends. Life here is great and I think we get caught up in the little bit that is bad and think that everything is bad. To hate on San Francisco is very fashionable.” — Ranidu

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Airtable — Real-time spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Apple Watch — The most powerful and advanced smart watch yet.

The Artist Union — Discover and support the next generation of artists.

Atrium — Legal services for startups, powered by machine learning.

Audius — The future of music streaming on the blockchain.

Five Minute Journal — The simplest, most effective way to be happier every day.

Headspace — Learn to meditate and live mindfully.

Insight Timer — The best free meditation timer, redesigned.

Monday — Simplify the way your team works.

Pacemaker — DJ with artificial intelligence from your Spotify.

Strava — Run and cycling tracking on the social network for athletes.

The Drop (RIP) — EDM discovery community.

Jan 02, 2019
The future of media, commerce, and what the west can learn from China
00:51:00

Today I'm at Kleiner Perkins in San Francisco's South Park neighborhood to talk to Eugene Wei and Eric Feng.

Eugene Wei has worked at Oculus, Flipboard, Amazon and Hulu. He actually left Amazon in the mid-2000s to attend film school before jumping back into tech. He’s also a prolific writer on his blog, Remains of the Day.

Eric Feng is co-founder of Packagd and General Partner at Kleiner Perkins. He has previously worked at Microsoft, Flipboard and Hulu, where he and Eugene worked together.

Fun fact: Eugene actually married Eric! (Eugene was the officiant at his wedding).

In this episode we talk about:

  • The uniqueness of video as a medium of communication and the future of how video will be created and consumed. Eric and Eugene worked together at Hulu and they talk about the background to the recent trend of tech moving in on Hollywood's turf.
  • Creating tighter feedback loops when you're trying to learn something new or change your behavior. Eugene tells the story of adding after-market sensors to his golf clubs that give him all kinds of information on the speed and length of his swing. He calls it a swing coach on your phone and talks about how the trend of sensors and immediate feedback could be used to improve peoples' overall health, not just their short game.
  • As some of the most plugged-in individuals in tech these days, they also discuss some of the trends they've been seeing in the tech industry and make some predictions about what they expect to see in the future. They discuss changes in how young people communicate these days, how the Chinese tech industry is different from the West's and why they expect to see the shift to e-commerce from advertising continue.

We also discuss some of their favorite products including sensors you can stick on your golf clubs to give you pro-level stats, a tech-enabled meat smoker, and a way to solve the perennial 'baby with a stuffy nose' problem.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, GE Ventures, Rally Rd, and AngelList for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Post-Google and post-Facebook there was this huge shift to ad-supported monetization for everything. The entire world had moved to ads and that was the only way that you could build a company… but that pendulum has swung really far back over, because of this new paradigm shift of people being comfortable with e-commerce and now mobile facilitating that more. Commerce is now a much more interesting monetization model for startups than advertising.” — Eric

“VR/AR, if you lump it in with self-driving cars, cryptocurrency, generalized artificial intelligence, all of these things are going to take longer than people expect, and that’s fine. They’re going to require a lot of big hardware advances, finding the right use cases, all of that is just going to be slower. But they’re all going to change the world in huge ways.” — Eugene

“Take for example the shirt I’m wearing. It got made in some textile factory, the distribution was through a retail store, I paid in cash in-person and then I put it on. But in the era of technology two of those things have really fundamentally changed — the way it’s distributed and the way I purchase it. Now I buy it online and it’s sent to my home. But the way it’s created and the way it’s used are still the same, I’m still wearing it one sleeve at a time.” — Eric

“The history of Hollywood is one where the studios went from really being vertically integrated to just being financiers and marketers. The thing about SV vs Hollywood is that SV tech companies have a lot more cash than all the studios put together. They’re a lot more profitable because of all their other businesses.” — Eugene

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Blast — Sensors for sport.

Hulu — Live and on-demand TV.

Mindie (RIP) – 7-second music videos

Nosefrida — Stuffy nose solution for babies.

Reflect — AI-powered face swap.

Sandbox VR — In-person, social VR experiences.

Tik Tok — Creative music video clip maker.

Traeger — Tech-enabled smokers.

Dec 26, 2018
Megatrends in tech and missed opportunities with Garry Tan of Initialized Capital
00:48:00

Today I'm visiting Garry Tan at Initialized HQ, a multi-stage fund that he started with Alexis Ohanian, one of the co-founders of reddit. The fund has grown tremendously over the past six years with nearly $1B under management, a team of more than 10, and investments in a few companies you might be a customer of, including Coinbase, Instacart, Algolia, GOAT, Opendoor, and a bunch of others. They were also investors in Product Hunt.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Garry's early years working as a software engineer in tech, including some major missed opportunities (in hindsight). He recounts the story of Peter Thiel trying to hire him away from Microsoft to join what became the multi-billion dollar company, Palantir.
  • Initialized's decision-making framework for figuring out which companies to pass on and which companies to invest in, as well as their honey badger mascot.
  • Why an often overlooked skill for founders is managing conflict, even when the team is still small. Garry explains why he backed a company that aims to help create harmonious startup teams founded by his former therapist.

We also discuss some of the Initialized portfolio companies that Garry is most excited about and the “megatrends” that are creating opportunities for investors and founders in tech today.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, GE Ventures, Rally Rd, and AngelList for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“The hard part about being a founder is you have this fog of war: you have no idea why you’re growing and a lot of times you also have no idea why you’ve stopped growing.” — Garry

“Peter looked at me and said, 'you’re a great engineer, why are you doing that?' Come join us, we are going to change the world. How much do you make at Microsoft? He got out his check book and started writing and said, 'here’s a personal check from me to you; you can cash this and this is a risk-free opportunity for you...' So I said, 'thank you very much Mr. Thiel, but I might get promoted next year at Microsoft' and I didn’t take the check. Opportunity knocked and I said no, and that company turned out to be Palantir.” — Garry

“Basically everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face, and as a startup you're going to get your face punched in. The important thing is 'what do you do next?'” — Garry

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

LogDNA — Instantly collect and analyze logs real-time on any platform.

Standard Cognition— AI-powered checkout.

Torch.io — Leadership growth driven by data, powered by people.

Check out www.initialized.com for a shot of Initialized's honey badger mascot.

Dec 19, 2018
Building Family-Friendly Products and Companies with Sara Mauskopf and Anne Halsall
00:45:17

Today I'm visiting San Francisco's Mission district to chat with Winnie co-founders, Sara Mauskopf and Anne Halsall. They have a unique background working at large tech companies like Google, Twitter, Quora, and Postmates, where they worked together before starting Winnie, “the companion app for parents.”

As someone who's built and admires community-driven businesses, it was a pleasure to dive into how Winnie is creating community and a platform for parents. As mothers, Sara and Anne exemplify founder/market fit and are uniquely qualified to build a product for parents.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Anne and Sara found founder/market fit and how their personal experience — Sara and Anne both have two children — informs not only how they built Winnie the product, but also how they built Winnie the company.
  • How Winnie combats fake parenting news, and why it was important for them to take a stance on certain issues and actively moderate out certain topics.
  • The power of communities aligned around a single vertical. We compare custom-built communities to generalized community-building tools like Facebook and Reddit.

Of course, we also talk about some of their favorite products, including a way to continuously share your location with other members of your family, an app to share photos with family members, and another that captures one second every day and over time turns it into a highlight reel for your life.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, GE Ventures, Rally Rd, and AngelList for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Anne and I were very explicit from the beginning that we wanted to build the most family-friendly startup. We decided that we are not going to work long hours, our employees are not going to work long hours, and they’re not going to work on the weekends. We’re going to give employees flexibility and have them go on vacations. It’s a huge competitive advantage to be family-friendly.” — Sara

[On including the option to post anonymously on Winnie] “Sometimes parenting questions are tough — tough, real stuff that you don’t want to put on your Facebook profile, where you can’t help but use your real name. You may not even feel comfortable talking to your mother’s group about some of the problems that you are having. So, we felt really motivated to make it work from the beginning.” — Anne

“Having children has helped me a ton in putting the highs and lows of a startup in perspective. It’s just not that serious. It’s helped me build that resilience because the lows aren’t really that low. The stakes just don’t seem that high, and its actually enabled me to persevere through things where other people would have quit.” — Sara

“We have other special features tailored to our audience, such as the ability to mask photos. We have these cute little stickers (that are adorable) and there’s a face-detection feature that will put little animals masks over the faces of any children that are in the photos that you’re posting. We make it super-easy and even fun to anonymize that photo.” — Anne

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

1 Second Everyday — Turn your favorite moments into meaningful movies.

Google Photos — Free storage and automatic organization for all your memories.

Life360 — Your new family circle.

Dec 12, 2018
The Future of VR with Second Life and High Fidelity's Philip Rosedale
01:00:23

Today I'm at the headquarters of High Fidelity in San Francisco talking with co-founder and CEO, Philip Rosedale.

Philip and the team at High Fidelity are creating free and open source software that enables real-time, social virtual reality. Some of you may also know Philip as the creator of Second Life, the iconic “internet-scale virtual world.”

In fact, this episode was actually recorded entirely in virtual reality. Philip and I were both wearing headsets in different rooms. You can actually watch a video capture of our 3D VR chat, featuring a slightly awkward-looking avatar of myself.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The most advanced uses of VR today, like school kids being able to take a virtual field trip into an Egyptian tomb, and where VR is headed in the future. We discuss what VR might look like 5, 10, and 20 years in the future and which companies are best positioned to take advantage of the shift to VR.
  • How widespread adoption of VR will transform our lives, especially when it comes to how we work and go to school. Philip gives the example of kids being able to go to school together with others from the other side of the world and how that will change for the better how we relate to one another.
  • We also get into some of the philosophical questions around VR, including how to deal with identity and anonymity in a virtual world and why VR can enable better privacy online.

We also talk about some of Philip's favorite VR applications as well as some of his requests for products in the space.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, GE Ventures, Rally Rd, and AngelList for their support. 😸

Quotes From This Episode

“If I can go to school on a virtual planet where there are kids from all over the whole world, look at the human impact of that versus me going to school with only the kids that are within ten blocks of my house. There’s a homogeneity to local places that is going to get completely turned off with VR.” — Philip

“[In Second Life] people were surprisingly vocal with one identity. I think maybe we only have a certain amount of ability to imagine ourselves as different things and I think there’s a fatigue with really being out there far away from how you imagine yourself.” — Philip

“Virtual worlds are very interesting in that they put a big spotlight on these issues around privacy, anonymity, and freedom of speech. We’re not going to have our real names floating around our heads in VR.” — Philip

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Facemoji — Emoji your face.

HTC Vive — Discover virtual reality beyond imagination.

Magic Leap — Lightweight wearable that brings dreams to life.

Ubiquity6 — Edit reality together.

Dec 05, 2018
Is decentralization overhyped? And the future of voice tech.
00:49:19

Today I'm at AngelList HQ in San Francisco for a bit of a reunion with two friends and investors: Parker Thompson and Erik Torenberg.

Parker Thompson is a partner at AngelList and early stage investor. Prior to joining the family here (Product Hunt is an AngelList company), he was a partner at 500 Startups where he invested in Erik's first company, among many others. Before that, Parker spent six years at Pivotal Labs. As you'll hear, he's also behind the popular Twitter account @StartupLJackson.

Erik Torenberg is co-founder and partner at Village Global, a network-driven venture firm. He is also co-founder and chairman of crypto company TokenDaily and On Deck, a community of top talent looking to start or join their next company. Erik was actually the first full-time teammate to join me at Product Hunt and prior to that, he co-founded rapt.fm, an app for participating in live online rap battles.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How investors choose which companies to bet on, including how investors think about investing in companies with distributed teams. We also run through the lessons learned from the early stage investing Parker, Erik and I have done and discuss the strategies founders should use when pricing their initial fundraising rounds.
  • The emergence of crypto and whether it will pose a threat to Facebook as well as the challenges Facebook faces in trying to regulate what can and can't be said on their platform. We also talk about when decentralization makes sense and why some of the benefits of centralization might be overlooked in the rush to decentralize.
  • How new business opportunities emerge through platform shifts, including whether voice as a platform is finally seeing its often-forecasted and much-anticipated shift to the mainstream. Erik and Parker also run through some of their requests for products.

Of course, we also talk about some of their favorite products, including a social network for books, an app to help freestyle rappers, and a device that lets you cook food to perfection by vacuum-sealing it and submerging it in hot water.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Every time there's a platform shift you sort of have two different types of companies built on the new platform: new-old things — you take legacy products and add internet to it, like Casper, bed plus internet, or Coursera, education plus internet. Then you have the new-new thing — things that could only be created on the new platform, which for the internet is something like eBay or PayPal or Napster.” — Erik

“I think just as a macro point, often we're too quick to extrapolate patterns like the new-new versus the new-old and with respect to crypto, I’m old enough to remember the lesson coming out of the 90s that open was always going to win. That’s how we built web 2.0… but then Facebook and Twitter came along… but now open/decentralized is coming back we're and saying actually we were right before and open is the future.” — Parker

“You make choices in defaults — these algorithms are choices, and even when you try not to pick winners, you’re still picking winners.” — Parker

“A lot of people criticize these incumbents, like Facebook or Amazon, saying these are the rent-seekers taking way too much and that we are going to build a decentralized version of them and pass on all the value to consumers. But what they don’t give enough credit to is that these products already pass along a lot of value to consumers... What I’m excited about with crypto networks is the ability to incentivize a lot more stakeholders, like the early users that contribute a lot to the platform. You have the ability to give upside to a lot more people than just early employees.” — Erik

“A puzzle to me is, why is there not a billion dollar exercise video company? It just seems like something that should exist, and the way I think about investing is: you're just wandering through the world and encountering these puzzles and the answers are not obvious but then someone walks in the door with the answer because they’ve figured it out. That's when you get excited and do the deal.” — Parker

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Anova — Connected temperature-controlled cooking device.

Goodreads — Popular social network for book lovers.

Rhymeo — Freestyle app that provides material for your shareable raps.

STEEZY — Online dance classes at your own pace.

Udemy — Learn anything, on your schedule.

Nov 28, 2018
How to find underrepresented founders and Backstage Capital's requests for products
00:43:53

Today's episode of Product Hunt Radio is the largest gathering yet, featuring Arlan, Christie, Bryan, and Amiah from the Backstage Capital team.

Arlan Hamilton isn't your typical VC. She went from being homeless not long ago to founding and scaling Backstage Capital, a fund dedicated to investing in underrepresented (or underestimated, as she coined) founders. Since 2015, they have invested millions of dollars into over 80 companies. Prior to starting the fund, she worked in the music industry, where she was a tour manager and founder and publisher of INTERLUDE, an internationally distributed indie magazine.

Christie Pitts is the co-founder of Backstage Studio, their recently announced venture studio. Prior to teaming up with Arlan and team, she worked with Verizon Ventures portfolio and following emerging technology trends.

Bryan Landers is Backstage's recently promoted COO and producer of two of Backstage's podcasts. Previously he worked as a designer and product manager at Zapier and as a consultant.

Amiah Sheppard is an operations associate and analyst working on the deal flow team at Backstage. She has a particular focus on beauty and wellness startups.
In this episode we talk about:

  • Arlan's mission to find underrepresented and underestimated founders and the importance, even as adults, of being able to look up to role models who look like you. Arlan hopes to be a role model to a new generation of people of color that want to build companies.
  • The crew, as they call the team at Backstage, walk through some of their requests for products, including waterproof headgear, online book clubs, and a way to bring the shared experience of live music online. Aspiring founders, take note!
  • Also mullets make another appearance (see last week's episode for more chatter about mullet). Except this time it's not about a mullet strategy or mullet businesses, it's about the actual, for-real hockey hair.

We also talk about some of their favorite products, like an app that lets you experience live music in virtual reality, a service that lets you search live audio, and a way to add pictures, maps or quotes to your favorite podcasts.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I cried when I saw this cover [Fast Company October 2018] because I was looking back a few years to see who I wanted to see [on a magazine cover.]” — Arlan

“We’re about to have another mobile revolution [with 5G]. There are companies working on the technology, but I think there will be a whole new wave of companies that change the way we interact with each other.” — Christie

“You have thousands and thousands of people who are finally getting their shot at starting a company.” — Arlan

“As long as you can’t download a t-shirt, live music will always win. They said that a few years ago, but now you can download a t-shirt.” — Arlan

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

CEEK — Explore, share and live the moment in VR.

Entale — Add pictures, maps and quotes to your favorite podcasts.

Nēdl — Find what's playing or saying now on live audio broadcasts.

Turntable.fm (RIP) — Music-streaming, chat rooms and voting.

Also explore this collection of Backstage Capital's headliners (aka portfolio companies) on Product Hunt.

Nov 21, 2018
Mullet startups and how Silicon Valley has changed
00:42:15

Today on Product Hunt Radio, I make the trek from San Francisco down to Sandhill Road to talk to Andrew Chen and Ada Chen at Andreessen Horowitz. Their matching last name is not a coincidence — yes, they are siblings.

Andrew Chen is a relatively recent addition to Andreessen Horowitz team, where he's a General Partner focused on consumer and SaaS. Prior to joining the illustrious firm, he led growth teams at Uber. He's also a prolific writer with more than 650 essays over the past decade covering startups, growth, and more. Fun fact: he coined the term “mullet business” which we touch on during the podcast. (Where's a mullet emoji when you need it!?)

Ada Chen has a unique background, operating at companies with massive scale, including Mochi Media, LinkedIn, and SurveyMonkey, as well as startups at the earliest stage. Today she advises several startups and is the COO of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for teams, which she co-founded with her husband.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The uniqueness of the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem, how network effects conspire to create a “rich get richer” situation for cities, and why new communication tools enabling distributed teams to work together across continents could mean that there will be no “next Silicon Valley.”
  • Ada shares her insights on the contrasting skill sets needed when working at a big company versus a small startup, after having herself gone from a small startup to a huge organization like LinkedIn back to a two-person startup with her husband.
  • How to port the concept of OKRs — objectives and key results, a personnel management framework originated by legendary Intel CEO Andy Grove — to your personal life from your business (and why you would want to). We talk about you can use them to help manage your exercise, social life and relationship with your SO.

Of course, we also chat about some of their favorite products, including an app that lets you pop in to a luxury hotel for a few hours to shower or have a nap, a super cool way to greet visitors to your office, and a new app for emailing yourself.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“When you’re executing at a small startup, or a small team, or just by yourself, it really comes down to ideating, picking and prioritizing, and then rolling up your sleeves and just getting things done as quickly as possible. It's a night and day difference from a big company.” — Ada

“If you graph cities, there's a power law: the biggest cities are really big and there's this long tail of all these little tiny cities, and the reason for that is that there's a network effect within cities. These ecosystems emerge because the designers are here, because the engineers are here, because the capital is here, because the marketing people are here, and on and on and on.” — Andrew

“When it comes to working at a large company, it's much more cerebral and much more about the heart. You’re thinking about how to collaborate and communicate across a cross-functional team to get the initiative done: can you communicate what it's about; can you motivate people to get it done; can you manage all the working pieces?” — Ada

“Either these network effects will continue to hold and the Bay Area will continue to be strong, or we make big structural shifts in how we organize teams and workforces and the network effects become less strong. But that doesn’t mean some other city becomes the next Silicon Valley, there won’t actually be a “next” Silicon Valley — it either continues or will just be distributed.” — Andrew

“The irony of it is that sometimes when you are working on projects with such large scale, because the skill set is so different, it actually feels like you're not doing anything at all — you’re merely managing the appendages of the other groups and trying to make sure everyone is staying on track and executing.” — Ada

On joining a venture capital firm: “The idea that I would do the thing I want to do for fun as my full-time job feels like I’ve won an ice cream eating competition, and the prize is more ice cream.” — Andrew

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Bose — Noise-cancelling earbuds.

Breather — Peace and quiet, on-demand. Reserve a private space on the go.

Captio — Email yourself with one tap.

Envoy — Elegantly greet visitors to your office.

HabitShare — The only habit-tracking app that is social to its core.

NotaBene — Shortcuts for quickly emailing notes to yourself and others.

Notejoy — Collaborative notes for your entire team.

Recharge — Take a nap or shower in a luxury hotel.

Redditr/InternetIsBeautiful, r/bestof and r/firstworldanarchists

Spacious — Flexible, drop-in workspace.

VIPKID — Teach Chinese children from your home.

We Are The Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Nov 14, 2018
The power of online communities and healthful habits
00:41:13

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I'm in the sunny hills of Los Angeles at the home of Sophia Amoruso with Suzy Ryoo.

Sophia Amoruso is an incredible entrepreneur who I've gotten to know over the past year. She got her start very young, when at 22 she founded NastyGal, selling vintage clothing on eBay. It turned into a massive company with hundreds of employees, until a decade later the company filed for bankruptcy. She's the author of the New York Times bestseller #GIRLBOSS and more recently founded Girlboss, a company focused on bringing together and helping women professionals. They put on community events, publish a daily newsletter and host a wildly popular podcast.

Suzy Ryoo is a very special person to me (full disclosure: She's my SO). We met at Coachella in 2015 just before she transitioned her career from entertainment and media to venture capital. At Atom Factory, she works with entrepreneur, artist manager, and investor, Troy Carter. They manage the Prince Estate and are investors in companies like Lyft, Uber, Warby Parker, Spotify, and Girlboss. She is also a partner at Cross Culture Ventures, a seed stage fund in Los Angeles.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The best tools and techniques we've used to build healthy habits, whether it's getting more exercise, meditating more frequently (even for five minutes at a time) or just having a calmer mind. We also talk about the ways that being part of a non-judgmental online community — yes, those do exist online — can help everybody involved reach their goals.
  • Sophia talks about her journey as an entrepreneur, including building a huge company like Nasty Gal “by accident” and the lessons she's taking from her time at Nasty Gal as she starts Girlboss, which, as she likes to say, is the first company she's started “on purpose.”
  • Why Suzy is still a power user of location-based check-in apps like Swarm and Foursquare. We also talk about some of the unappreciated merits of what sometimes seem like “creepy” products.
  • The ups-and-downs of investing, and why sometimes you can make a sound decision at the time that you later come to regret.

Of course, we also chat about some of their favorite products, including a $40 (!) astrology app, apps that promise “a vacation for your mind,” as well as startups that deliver the best vitamins and probiotics.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“Platforms can become really huge, but when you have a community and there's a sense of context around what they’re talking about and what they’re there to do, ultimately if they help one another, then that's as good as the internet gets.” — Sophia

“Twitter can be like a dialog with yourself, especially if you don’t have a following. I promised myself that I would tweet every time I run, and little known to me, during 2017 I ran 200 miles. I think that feedback loop really helped me.” — Suzy

“I like to say that I’ve started two brands on accident but this is my first business I've started on purpose.” — Sophia

“Like my dad says, 'health is wealth!'” — Suzy

“You don’t really count the places you go in real life, but then you do it digitally [via check-in apps like Foursquare] and you’re like wow, I do a lot of stuff!” — Sophia

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Bird — Enjoy the ride — quick scooter hires for city commutes.

Complete — A community-based to-do app. Help each other GTD.

Co-Star — Hyper-personalized astrology.

Evernote — Note taking gets even simpler.

Fair — Get a car right on your phone and return it whenever you want.

1st Dibs — It's like Fab for the 1%.

Foursquare — Find the best places everywhere.

Girlboss — A new media site for women.

Headspace — Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day.

Highlight (RIP) — Find friends and new people nearby.

Hi Hello — Exchange contacts, seamlessly.

Lime — Rent bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters.

Nike+ Running — Track your runs.

Polymail — A simple, beautiful, and powerful email client for Mac.

Ritual — Reinventing the vitamin, delivered monthly.

Sanctuary— Free daily horoscopes for the cosmically curious.

Seed — Your daily probiotics + prebiotics for systemic health.

Simple Habit— Meditation for people who never have time.

Swarm — Keep up and meet up with your friends.

Tesla — The mass market electric car.

TimePassages — Astrology tools at your fingertips.

Trello — Organize anything, together.

Uber — Get a ride in minutes.

Universe — The easiest way to make an awesome website. From your phone.

Wonderschool — Airbnb for preschools and child care.

Nov 07, 2018
VC vs. bootstrapping and how to build big things with a small team
00:33:57

Today I'm visiting Stripe's office in San Francisco to chat with Patrick Collison and Courtland Allen, shortly after they announced their latest round of funding, valuing the company at a whopping $20B.

Patrick Collison is the CEO and co-founder of Stripe, an ambitious company aiming to increase the GDP of the internet. The now 1,300 person company was started in 2010 by Patrick and his brother, John Collison, at the age of 23 and 21, respectively. While young, this isn't their first startup. Prior to founding Stripe, Patrick and his brother started and sold Auctomatic for $5M in 2008.

Courtland Allen is a super talented designer and developer. In 2016 he founded Indie Hackers, an awesome community of bootstrappers and makers sharing their stories. Nine months later Stripe acquired the company. Courtland is also a Y Combinator alumnus and an MIT graduate with a degree in Computer Science.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Who Patrick and Courtland's role models were when they were building their businesses, and how the right role models today can help build a more inclusive tech ecosystem.
  • The influence of Indie Hackers on Stripe and why even with the great tech for online communication today, some of the best interactions between its community members happen at meetups.
  • If there's too much or too little funding in tech and how the investor-founder dynamic changes when you move outside of Silicon Valley.
  • Why Stripe started a book publishing business (in 2018) and the reading habits of Patrick, Courtland, and others at Stripe.

We of course also talk about some of their favorite products including a product to tell you how you sleep, helpful tools for building your next app, and some “oldies-but-goodies” that you might have forgotten about.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“How do we help increase the number of successful companies that get started in the world? The number of companies that get started is not some sort of cosmological constant, and if it can be increased then I think it's incredibly valuable to go and do that.” — Patrick

“Indie Hackers the movement wouldn’t have been as possible ten years ago, because there's so much more knowledge being exchanged now and so many more tools to help you build things — it's just easier to do with a small team than it ever has been.” — Courtland

“People are subject to extremely strong Girardian herd effects, so I don’t think investors are unique in this regard — they index on this popular conception of things. I think startups outside of the popular hubs are less popular than they ought to be and that people update too slowly based on changing trends.” — Patrick

“There should be more funding in the world, but more spread out and distributed more evenly.” — Courtland

“It all comes back to this idea of, 'how do we grow the GDP of the internet?'” — Patrick

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Airtable — Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid.

Firebase — App success made simple by Google.

JUMP — Electrified, dockless bike rentals.

Emfit — Contactless sleep sensing solutions.

Pocket — Save and read news, articles and videos that fuel your mind.

Retool — Build custom internal tools in minutes.

Uber — Get a ride in minutes.

WhatsApp — Fast, cross-platform messenger.

Yelp — Crowd-sourced reviews for local businesses.

Oct 31, 2018
The baby boom in Silicon Valley and the future of work and education
00:49:23

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I'm visiting TechCrunch HQ to hang out with two journalists that see more startups in a month than most people in a lifetime.

Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large at TechCrunch where he specializes his analysis on social products, including everything Facebook. Two fun facts: He's a Stanford graduate with a Master's degree in cybersociology and (like myself) a big fan of live music.

Sarah Buhr is a new mother and, as she announces on the show, is taking a break from reporting at TechCrunch to raise her child. I've known Sarah since she joined TechCrunch in 2014 and more recently she's focused her writing on the wild world of biotechnology.

We also have one more special guest: Sarah's beautiful six month old baby boy, Hayes. If you hear crying and clapping in the background, it's probably him.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The baby boom in Silicon Valley, including some of the coolest tech-enabled baby products helping tired moms and dads, as well as the ways that tech company cultures have changed since their founders and employees started having children.
  • Why it might be possible to beat unhealthiness with convenience. We talk about a number of startups that are trying to get you fit by making the healthy option the easier option, similar to how Spotify beat piracy by making streaming easier than pirating.
  • The future of work and education and how it will affect the world baby Hayes grows up in. We talk about why Sarah and her husband have been debating whether they should be saving for Hayes to go to college, how AR and VR will transform education and how automation will affect the workplace.
  • All things Facebook – whether new startups can compete with the massive social network and some quick thoughts on their first hardware product, Portal.

We of course also talk about some of their favorite products including a robot that makes burgers, a time-sucking app for meme lovers, and a virtual assistant that can do things for you when you run out of time (because you were browsing memes).

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“It's not just about transferring the work from humans to robots, because I think that gives us all that empty dystopic feeling. The idea is that rather than removing the humans from the equation, you instead want to remove the robotic elements of the humans’ jobs so that the humans can actually focus on the most personable, human, empathic part of the job.” — Josh

“Harvard came out with a study that said that lots of screen time isn’t bad for your child — what's critical is that you’re there present watching the screen with your child.” — Sarah

“You can’t just take peoples' livelihood away and give them the money instead, because they’re not going to feel like they have any purpose anymore.” — Josh

“I think what we’ve seen is that even if you make $19 billion off your startup, like WhatsApp, and you sell it to someone else, that means that you are no longer the captain of that ship and you may never get such a beautiful ship again.” — Josh

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Creator — Robot-made burgers.

Fin — Virtual assistant service.

Imgur — The most viral images on the internet.

Libby — Borrow eBooks and audiobooks for free instantly through your local library.

Mirror — The mirror that's also an interactive home gym.

O.school — Original videos and GIFs to learn sex, pleasure, and dating.

Snoo — The world's most technologically advanced bassinet.

TBH — The only anonymous app with positive vibes.

Thistle — Healthy meal subscription service.

Tonal — Machine learning digital gym + personal training built in.

Oct 24, 2018
Gen Z and the future of social apps
00:35:42

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I'm recording from my home in San Francisco to talk to two young entrepreneurs.

Tiffany Zhong interned at Product Hunt while she was still in high school. After she finished school, she worked in venture capital before starting Zebra Intelligence, a startup helping brands and old people like myself better understand Gen Z. She's also an investor with her fund, Pineapple Capital.

Drake Rehfeld is CEO of Splish, a Y Combinator-backed company that's building social apps to make the internet more fun. He formerly worked at Snap, where he was one of the youngest hires, as well as at Team 10. Drake's been a tech entrepreneur since high school when he created a product for school events that made real money.

In this episode we talk about:

  • “What the kids are using these days” and all things Generation Z, including what they're looking for in products and some of the common misconceptions about this younger demographic.
  • The projects that Tiffany, Drake and I started while still in high school, including the story of a OperationLaugh.com, a site I created with the goal of earning $100,000 that netted $70 before I shut it down. (Tiffany and Drake had more success with their high school ventures).
  • “Digital influencers” on Instagram, what Gen Z thinks of them, and why you would start your own. Also — why any of this has anything to do with fake plants.
  • The phenomenon of a “finsta,” the ways that “the kids these days” are reshaping how identity works on the web, and some of the experimental social apps that don't have any of the typical social features like comments, followers or likes.

We of course also talk about some of their favorite products, including the HQ Trivia of music, a tool for creating your very own “digital influencer” and an anonymous app that (surprisingly) brings positive vibes.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I like calling this [Gen Z] the side hustle generation, because nothing can stop us from building a company, given the internet.” — Tiffany

“I think [online identity] is less about real name versus fake name and more about the persistence of identity.” — Drake

“The future is going to be digital celebrities selling digital merchandise and digital collectibles.” — Tiffany

“You see someone who is 13 or 14 across the world shipping things and you see that and think, I could do that too.” — Tiffany

“You make what you use and there's this wave of products feeling more like toys than full-on utilities. People want toys not tools.” — Drake

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Facemoji — Emoji your face (via webcam).

IGTV — Long-form vertical videos from Instagram.

IRL — Hang out with friends in real life.

TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) — A creative music video clip maker.

Out of Tune — The HQ trivia of music.

Shots (RIP) — An online selfie-sharing app.

Splish — Live photo filters and animated effects.

Suprize — “Win sick sh*t.”

TBH — The only anonymous app with positive vibes.

Zebra Intelligence — Gen Z, Gen Z, Gen Z.

Oct 17, 2018
“Tinder babies” and the power of connecting people online and offline
00:38:42

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I'm in Los Angeles talking to Brian Norgard and Jeff Morris Jr., both of whom may be indirectly responsible for a generation of “Tinder babies”.

Brian Norgard is an entrepreneur, investor, and Chief Product Officer at Tinder. He has worked on a number of other products and was Tinder's first acquisition. He collaborated with Sean Rad on an earlier app called Chill, which we discuss on the podcast. Brian is also an investor in Lyft, SpaceX and AngelList.

Jeff Morris Jr. is the Director of Product for Tinder's revenue initiatives. He previously worked at Zaarly and has created a number of products, including one stretch over three months where he built and launched three products, reaching the top of Product Hunt. He is also an investor in Lyft, CryptoKitties, Particle, Brat and others.

In this episode:

  • The joy of turning online connections into real-world connections. Jeff is great at this. He once went biking with Lance Armstrong in Hawaii after reaching out to Armstrong on Twitter.
  • How seemingly minor design decisions, like adding a subtle animation to a play button, can “nudge” users into a new pattern of behavior and make products more enjoyable to use.
  • Brian and Jeff discuss the design of Tinder Places, including the thoughtfulness that went into the privacy features of the product, and how they took inspiration from Foursquare.
  • We get nostalgic and discuss some of our favorite products from the past, like Chill and Highlight. They leveraged location on mobile in an attempt to merge the online and offline world.
  • Jeff tells the story of the time he reached out on Twitter about a job opportunity and less than 48 hours later had moved from San Francisco to Kansas City.
  • Why Product Hunt has gained a reputation as a positive, fun, and upbeat community and how subtle, very intentional design decisions — like our ridiculous Google Glass-sporting cat — contribute to the community and brand.

Of course, we also chat about some of their favorite products, including messaging apps, trivia games as well as a couple of now-obsolete apps that were onto something at the time but didn't end up taking off.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“I like to respond to people who I shouldn't be taking to. I'll email people I shouldn't email. I don't care if they email me back. One in one hundred responses could change your life.” — Jeff

“Tinder's really a serendipity engine... It's one of the few experiences where you're actually leaning forward to meet someone you don't know.” — Brian

“[After he hired me via Twitter and a Skype interview] he said 'I'm in Kansas City, will you move here?' I packed my bags, got on a plane, moved to Kansas City and didn't go back to San Francisco for nine months. That was all from Twitter, within 48 hours.” — Jeff

“[When building products and communities ] follow the traffic anywhere. Things happen, a bunch of people aggregate, you find ways to give them unique value, and you reduce the friction because people are already there.” — Brian

“No one wants another copycat product in any category.” — Brian

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Chill (RIP) — A fast and fun way to communicate.

Discord — Free voice and text chat for gamers.

Highlight (RIP) — Find friends and new people nearby.

HQ Trivia — Live trivia game show by the founder of Vine.

Slack — Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

Telegram — Fast, encrypted messaging app.

Tinder Boost — Skip the line for 30 minutes to get more matches.

Tinder Places — Discover new people who hang where you hang.

Oct 10, 2018
The evolution of Y Combinator and counterintuitive advice for founders
00:48:49

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, I'm visiting Y Combinator's San Francisco headquarters to talk to two of the people who are integral to Y Combinator — Kat Manalac and Michael Seibel.

Kat is a Partner at Y Combinator and one of the people that convinced us to apply to join the program back in 2014. She's been at YC for five years, focusing on founder outreach, company pitch perfection, and much much more.. Prior to joining YC, she was Chief of Staff to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and also worked on brand and strategy at WIRED.

Michael is CEO of Y Combinator's accelerator program. He has been through YC himself a couple of times — first in 2007, as co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv — and again in 2012 as co-founder and CEO of Socialcam. Justin.tv later became Twitch and sold to Amazon, and Socialcam was sold to Autodesk.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The evolution of Y Combinator. It's changed a ton since Product Hunt went through the program four years ago. They've been working on several programs for founders — things that Michael wishes existed when he went through the program.
  • Michael and Kat's advice for founders, including counterintuitive tips they've learned after working with literally *thousands *of startups.
  • A key mistake that trips up new founders when pitching their company, as well as advice for founders seeking a technical co-founder.
  • How YC has scaled the organization as a 50-person company with its 4,000 (and growing) alumni.

Of course, we also chat about some of their favorite products, including a virtual assistant that will do anything, a $1,500 smart mirror that will get you fit, and a beverage that will get you high.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

"80% of the pitch is to tell me what you do and 20% is to tell me why it's good." — Michael

"[When pitching] it is always best to start [by answering] one line: 'what do you actually do'?" — Kat

“The goal is always to make sure that people who are smart and want to build things have the opportunity to get funding and startup advice no matter who they know or where they come from." — Michael

"I think that a lot of people try to hustle around having a technical co-founder, which is possible, but I don’t think they realize how hard it is to hustle around that, [and if they did] I think they would just hustle to get a technical co-founder." — Michael

"Instead of pitching your tech friends on whatever your solution to that problem is, instead pitch your friends on how important that problem is." — Michael

"I recommend talking to as many people as possible about your idea because you never know who is going to be excited about it, or who might be interested in being an early investor, or who might want to join the team." — Kat

"You’ve got to get it out and into the hands of users, otherwise how do you know that they actually want what you’re building." — Michael

"It takes a special personality I think [to be a startup founder] — that you wouldn’t want to do anything else — that you couldn’t maybe. A lot of startup founders I know would be terrible employees." — Michael

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Bitwise — The world's first cryptocurrency index fund.

California Dreamin' — Cannabis infused sodas.

DearBrightly— Personalized prescription skincare products.

Fin — Virtual assistant service.

Gixo — Live fitness classes wherever you are.

JUMP — Electrified, dockless bike rentals.

Magic — Get whatever you want on demand with no hassle, through SMS.

Mirror — The mirror that's also an interactive home gym.

Nanit Baby Monitor — Smart baby monitor that tracks sleep using computer vision.

Peloton — World class indoor cycling experience wherever you are.

Remix — The platform for designing your city’s transportation future.

Robinhood — $0 commission stock brokerage.

Station.io — One app to rule them all.

STEEZY — Online dance classes with the world's best instructors.

Titan — Built like a hedge fund.

Tonal — Machine learning digital gym + personal training built in.

Twindog — Find other dogs and their owners around you.

Oct 03, 2018
Finding the world's 'lost Einsteins' and the end of aging
00:45:29

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio I'm joined by two incredible people, Laura Deming and Daniel Gross, who have accomplished more before the age of 30 than most people have realized in a lifetime.

Laura grew up in New Zealand and came to San Francisco when she was only 12 years old to join a lab studying aging. She was accepted to MIT at 14 before leaving to form Longevity Fund, a venture capital firm investing in companies aimed to help us all live longer and healthier lives.

Daniel came to the Bay Area from Israel, accepted into Y Combinator in 2010, the youngest founder to go through the program at that time. His startup, Cue, was later acquired by Apple which led him to a leadership position across a number of AI and machine learning teams at the company. He left Apple to work at Y Combinator and recently launched Pioneer, a program to identify and support brilliant people in the world.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it was like for Laura and Daniel to move to the Bay Area from overseas.
  • How Pioneer is aimed to find the “world's lost Einsteins, Marie Curies and Elon Musks”.
  • Why some animals don't age and how humans might be able to learn from creatures such as the tortoise or the naked mole rat.
  • The challenges posed by living much longer than humans do now and how society might change as a result.
  • Why you should sometimes call what you're creating on a project or experiment, rather than a startup.
  • How to find your passion through experimentation.
  • Advice Daniel and Laura have for founders and young people looking to start something big.

Of course, we’ll also cover some of our favorite products that you might not know about.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“The benefit of the Ivy League is not the curriculum, I think Google's an awesome curriculum. The benefit of the Ivy League is the network and the branding.” — Daniel

“There are a hundred versions of me that sent that same email and never got a response — and how many girls are out there who just never got the chance to explore science and grow in that way?” — Laura

“The question is, 'can we build a digital Ivy League campus' — that's truly what we're going at here [at Pioneer].” — Daniel

“Young people can do great work but I think it's really under-appreciated the extent to which that's a real phenomenon.” — Laura

“I think the biggest thing we're fighting with Pioneer is this subtle enemy of self-editing.” — Daniel

“We assume that the number of years we live today is the correct amount, but really it’s optimized for the savannah and different mortality conditions.” — Laura

“All you have to do, if you want to become a Laura Deming or a Ryan Hoover, is you just have to take your passion seriously — no one needs to give you permission.” — Daniel

“We should be able to choose when we die, and that could be later or earlier than it currently is... Everyone in the world should be able to choose how long they want to live, based on their particular circumstances.” — Laura

“We want to bring the power of software to the problem of finding the lost Einsteins.” — Daniel

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Anki— Learn more faster with better flashcards.

Longevity Fund — Investing in companies that will allow us to live longer, healthier, lives.

Nanopore Sequencing — DNA sequencing on a portable device for under $1,000.

Pioneer — An online tournament for productivity.

Sep 26, 2018
The dark side of the web w/ Anil Dash and Allison Esposito
00:48:22

In the second episode of the new Product Hunt Radio, I’m joined by two amazing community-builders based in New York, Anil Dash and Allison Esposito.

Anil is the CEO of Glitch, a friendly community where developers build the app of their dreams. You'll find everything from AI-powered musical spinners to multiplayer drawing game created on the platform. He's also an advisor to Medium, DonorsChoose, Project Include, and Stack Overflow.

Allison is formerly of Oyster, the Netflix for books, which was acquired by Google in 2015. Afterward she founded Tech Ladies, a community that connects women with the best jobs in tech.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The good ol' days of IRC, Friendster, AIM, and MySpace. A lot has changed since then, yet they continue to exhibit some of the same dynamics and challenges of today's massive social networks.
  • The challenges of building a healthy community on the internet in a time when careers and reputations can be destroyed in an instant.
  • How online communities mirror offline interactions. Opening up an app has many parallels to walking into a social gathering in real life.
  • Some of the common misconceptions people have about creating communities online and what a founder’s goal should really be in starting a community.

Of course, we’ll also cover some of our favorite products that you might not know about.

We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Quotes from This Episode

“There’s something about community that if you’re doing it right, it should feel like a mix of it just happened and it’s natural.” – Allison

“It turns out the hosting of the video wasn’t the thing, the community is the thing and it has a value. Whether you create an environment that you feel people can express themselves in is a rare and special and delicate thing.” — Anil

“You open up the app and you’re basically walking into an event. The design, language, people and the way they talk to each other [influence how people] adapt to this community.” — Ryan

“Most companies throw up a community and it’s a ghost town and nobody goes. The worst case is that they throw up a community and there’s nobody moderating or managing and it does grow. That is a nightmare.” — Anil

“I also have these theories that tech is a fashion industry — it goes in cycles. Instead of hemlines going up or down, we have centralized to decentralized, or this programming language is cool and now it’s not cool…” — Anil

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

AIM (RIP) – Instant messaging in the 90s

Aloe Bud — Self-care pocket companion

GeoCities (RIP) – Your home on the web

Glitch — The community where you'll build the app of your dreams

Hello Weather — All the weather info you need, and nothing you don't

LastPass — All your passwords in one place

MySpace – The social network with blinky tags and auto-playing music

Tech Ladies — A job board and community for women in tech

ThinkUp (RIP) – Personal analytics for social networks, delivered daily

Trello — Organize anything, together

Yapper — Stay connected to your community

Sep 17, 2018
The rise of voice, evolution of VC, and why ads are awesome w/ Alexia and Niko Bonatsos
00:51:26

In our inaugural episode, we're joined by two notable investors, Alexia Bonatsos and Niko Bonatsos.

Alexia is the former co-editor-in-chief of TechCrunch and founder of a new venture fund, Dream Machine, where she helps founders “turn science fiction into non-fiction.”

Her husband, Niko is Managing Director at General Catalyst, a leading Silicon Valley venture firm with investments in companies like Airbnb, ClassPass, Snap, Gusto, Warby Parker and others.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The rise of voice. As Google Home, Amazon Echoes, AirPods, and other voice-enabled devices continue to proliferate, we’ll see user behavior shift – the same way touch screens have influenced young kids – and new opportunities arise for creative entrepreneurs.
  • The corrosive nature of behavior online, in part influenced by today’s advertising model, and potential solutions.
  • The evolution of venture capital, with the rise of micro VCs and accessibility of capital.

Of course, we’ll also cover some of our favorite products that you might not know about, including an app to help end mobile phone addiction, a new anonymous social network (the next Secret done right?), and an app that reminds you that you're going to die.

Products mentioned on the show:

Arthena – Quantitative research in art assets

Atrium – Legal services for startups, powered by ML

Casper – Casper is changing the way the world sleeps

Moment – Put down your phone and get back to your life

Nuzzel – The super-easy way to see news from your friends

October – A new social network built for anonymity

Omni – On-demand itemized physical storage

Rally Rd. – Invest in blue-chip classic cars like stocks

SleepCycle – A bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep pattern

Substack – Paid email newsletters made simple

The Wing – Co-working and community for professional women

Transit – Real-time transit data and a bot to help you commute

Truebill – Find your paid subscriptions and cancel with one click

WeCroak – An app to remind you of death

Big thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. 😸

Sep 12, 2018
We're back!
00:01:58

Today, we're re-introducing Product Hunt Radio, a weekly show with the people building and shaping the future of tech and culture.

Our goal is to recreate Product Hunt in audio form. We'll discuss the latest tech trends and awesome products you probably don't know about. But this time around, we're including you on the show with community call-ins. Each week we'll host a different prompt. Call (707) 785–6152 to chime in and we might include it on the show.

The first episode will drop soon, so subscribe with your favorite podcast player.

And big thanks to our partners, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their support. You'll hear more about them on the sh

Aug 28, 2018
Episode 90: Donald Rumsfeld
00:25:33

This week’s episode is with Donald Rumsfeld. Donald is the former Secretary of Defense for the US and, at the tender age of 83, released an app - a solitaire game inspired by Winston Churchill. We talk about the app, lessons learned over his career, thoughts about succeeding in politics, in business, how he thinks about the future and much more. Edited by @jennaweissberman Lavish Praise to @Rumsfeldoffice Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jul 21, 2016
Episode 89: Jason Calacanis
01:18:38

Jason Calacanis is a long time founder and investor, having invested in Uber, Thumbtack, and many more. We talk about Jason’s Launch Incubator, investment strategy, legacy, and much more. As always, Jason tells it straight and does not hold back any punches. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Jason Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jul 09, 2016
Episode 88: Arianna Huffington
00:49:20

Arianna is the founder of The Huffington Post, board member of Uber, and author of "The Sleep Revolution". Order the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011G3HC0U/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 We talk about all things sleep, (i.e why we glamorize burnout), what inspired her to write the book, and what she’s doing to spark a sleep revolution. We also we talk about the story behind her joining Uber, her background and how she got into tech, and her long-term ambitions and thoughts on legacy. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @ariannahuff Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jun 24, 2016
Episode 87: Josh Elman
00:51:00

Josh is one of the most respected product managers in the game, having built products at Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Now he has made an name for himself at Greylock as a top vc We talk about his journey working at those companies, what it was like to work with some of the best founders of all time, his transition to investing, advice for people starting a company, and much more. Josh has been a friend and supporter and If you ever get a chance to work with Josh I highly recommend it. One of the best at what he does and he’s one of the good guys.

Jun 09, 2016
Episode 86: Tyler Willis
01:10:54

Tyler Willis is an angel investor and entrepreneur (former CMO of Hired). In this episode we talk about identity balancing the personal & professional self, goal setting, transparency, imposter syndrome, self-learning. the craft of angel investing, and much more. Do check out Tyler Willis' fantastic podcast about angel investing: https://soundcloud.com/angellist/episode-0-tyler-willis-intro-to-angellist-radio-s1 Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Tylerwillis Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

May 31, 2016
Episode 85: Bret Taylor
00:55:37

Bret Taylor previously built Google Maps and served as CTO of Facebook. He is now founder of Quip. In this episode we talk about what it was like working at Facebook & Google, how he’s grown as a CEO and founder of Quip and various lessons learned along the way. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Btaylor Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

May 18, 2016
Episode 84: Brad Feld
01:00:02

Brad is an incredibly successful investor, having founded the Techstars accelerator and Foundry group, and he's also also known as one of the kindest guys in the business. In this episode, we talk about how Brad rejects the term career, his principles of time management, why he doesn’t have kids, mental health and startups, romantic relationships, ego management, and much more. As one listener remarked, this episode is basically a how-to on life. Edited by @alexkontis

Apr 29, 2016
Episode 83: Esther Perel
01:04:05

Esther Perel is the perhaps world’s foremost expert on relationships. In this episode we talk about why desire wanes in relationships, how she would devise her own sex-education curriculum, why a bit of jealousy is good, how couples make non-monogamy work, how childhood affects one’s relationships, and much more. Esther has just launched a course called Rekindling Desire, which gets into all this stuff and much more. http://rekindlingdesire.com/?ims=yrbbp&utm_campaign=Discovering+Desire+2016+04&utm_source=Influencer&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Product+Hunt Here are the perks: -- Grand Opening price of $297 (After the grand opening, the normal price immediately goes up to $497 - $200 value) -- Private Facebook Group Support Community -- Signed copy of Esther’s book Mating in Captivity -- The first 300 people to register will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a private two-hour individual or couple therapy session with Esther. Edited by @alexkontis Co-host is @clairecaveny Lavish Praise to @EstherPerel Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Apr 19, 2016
Episode 82: Elisa New
00:46:01

Elisa New is a Harvard professor of poetry and founder of the non-profit, Poetry in America. Involved in the project are people like Nas, Bill Clinton, and others who want to promote a love of poetry. We talk about the role of poetry in society, the forms its taken place (academia, spoken word, hip hop), the business of poetry, and much more. For more information on Elisa's class, here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o051ZQ6OoDI And here is the link to register: https://www.edx.org/course/poetry-america-modernism-harvardx-ampox-6

Apr 13, 2016
Episode 81: Adam Grant
00:51:22

Adam Grant is the youngest professor ever to be tenured at wharton business school, and a best selling author of classics "Give and Take" and, most recently, "Originals" In this episode we talk about what separates Originals from their peers, what environments best nurture original thinking, how people can become more creative, why the effects of parenting are overrated, and much more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @adamgrant Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Apr 04, 2016
Episode 80: Larry Summers
00:35:05

Note: Apologize for poor audio quality on my part - we've transcribed the full podcast for your pleasure: https://docs.google.com/document/d/143v8O5o609f68uoco4oXRF67mPNGyzpleCiqzJR7E04/edit Larry is the former Treasury Secretary, former Chief Economist for Barack Obama, former president of Harvard, and is currently a board member for companies like Square and Lending Club. In this episode we talk about his approach to government, academia and tech investing, the rise of Donald Trump, Barack Obama’s legacy, the future of higher education, and much more. if you enjoy this episode, check out Larry's blog at larrysummers.com. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @LHSummers Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg *My apologies for poor audio in first few min.

Mar 28, 2016
Episode 79: Gary Vaynerchuk
00:27:34

Gary Vaynerchuk is a entrepreneur, investor, and best selling author with a new book called #AskGaryVee Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z71HW8A/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1 In this episode we talk about his new book, how he became an investor, what it’s like staring a company with his brother, the role ego plays in his life, his famous jam sessions with Chris Sacca, Travis Kalanick, Ashton Kutcher, and much more. Edited by @Alexkontis Lavish Praise to @garyvee Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 28, 2016
Episode 78: Matt Mazzeo
01:17:57

Matt is managing partner at Lower Case Capital with Chris Sacca. We talk about how Matt transitioned from 8 years at CAA to the world of VC, the future of Lowercase and VC in general, advice for breaking into startups/VC, difference between LA and SF, and much more. Matt is one of the best investors in the game and also one of the kindest. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Mazzeo Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 27, 2016
Episode 77: Ruben Harris
00:40:51

Ruben Harris runs partnerships at Honor and is on the front lines of the diversity in tech movement. in this episode we talk about how he broke into tech, how he moved from Atlanta to SF and built a network from scratch, how before that he taught himself to be an investment banker, how he built a personal board of advisors, and more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @RubenHarris Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 26, 2016
Episode 76: Jesse Williams
00:52:00

Jesse Williams is an actor in the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, and founder of Ebroji. this episode we talk about the launch of his app Ebroji, emojis and gifs as extension and evolution in language, the upsides and downsides of him being famous, the role social justice plays in his life and much more . Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @jessewilliams Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 26, 2016
Episode 75: Dhani Jones
00:47:57

Dhani Jones is a former NFL player, book author and founder of Proclamation. In this episode we talk about life after the NFL, his transition into the business world, the NFL as an organization, misconceptions about football players, race in america, and much more. Edited by @Alexkontis Lavish Praise to @DhaniJones Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 26, 2016
Episode 74: Charles Hudson
01:00:51

Charles Hudson is founder of Precursor Ventures and a partner at SoftTech VC. This episode is about startup investing We talk about what makes a great investor, how Charles evaluates founders, how he raised a fund, advice to aspiring investors and more. We also talk about his past experiences at the CIA, Google, diversity in tech, the events business, and much more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @chudson Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 15, 2016
Episode 73: Jason Fried
00:56:21

Jason is the founder and CEO of Basecamp. In this episode we talk about building a company that lasts 40 years, what it’s like to build a remote team, how he thinks of the professional year in terms of seasons, daily rituals, and how he defines success. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Jasonfried Constructive Criticism to @ErikTorenberg

Mar 04, 2016
Episode 72: Sierra DeMulder
00:45:18

Sierra DeMulder is a renowned spoken word poet who’s just released her third book, Today Means Amen. In this episode we talk about what it means to be a poet today, how a poet makes a living, the craft of writing, editing, performing, and then themes in her work, which include relationships, mental health, shame, humor, and much more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Sierrademulder Constructive Criticism to @Eriktorenberg

Mar 02, 2016
Episode 71: Justin Boreta from The Glitch Mob & Team
00:46:41

This week's episode is with Justin Boreta of the Glitchmob, an electronic music group from LA, and the team that helped him make the app Hyperspektiv We talk about what inspired him to make the app in the first place, how he balances art and business, how he defines and measures success, the impact meditation has had on him, and much more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @boreta Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Mar 01, 2016
Community Stories 1: What's the first thing you built?
00:15:36

We're trying something new. We asked the Product Hunt community on Anchor, a new platform for bite-sized audio conversations, "what's the first thing you built?" Here are some of the answers. Enjoy. :) P.S. Check out Anchor. It's fun. https://www.producthunt.com/tech/anchor-4

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 70: Auren Hoffman
01:00:06

This week’s episode is with Auren Hoffman. Auren is a prolific entrepreneur and investor, having started and sold Live Ramp and invested in Thumbtack, Brightroll and many more. In this episode we get into a lot - the concept of who you know vs what you know, preserving optionality regarding career, competing with computers, the future of college, how to pick life partner, how to hire good people, how to give valuable feedback, navigating acquisitions, and much more. Auren is a fascinating thinker and has a lot to say. if you like what you hear tweet @auren to let him know, and do read his fantastic answers on Quora.

Feb 29, 2016
Episode 69: Mitch Kapor
00:24:17

Mitch Kapor is a successful entrepreneur, perhaps best known for founding Lotus, and investor, having founded Kapor Capital which focuses on tech startups that have strong social impact This episode we talk about Mitch's come up story, the world of impact investing and how Kapor measures impact, the ed-tech space, the role of government in tech and much more. This interview was recorded last year at the Launch Festival. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @mkapor Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Feb 25, 2016
Episode 68: G-Eazy
00:17:45

G-Eazy is a rapper from Oakland California. In this (short) episode we talk about his interest in tech, the intersection of tech and music, community building, brand building and much more. This interview took place last year as a part of the Launch Festival. Edited by @Alexkontis Lavish Praise to @G_Eazy Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Feb 24, 2016
Episode 67: Brad Hargreaves
00:47:58

Brad is the founder of General Assembly and now Common, which aims to do to co-living what WeWork has done for co-working. In this episode, we talk about his come-up story, lessons learned from General Assembly, what the real estate industry is like especially as it applies to tech, why he prefers being an operator to an investor, and much more.

Feb 22, 2016
Episode 66: Sam Lessin
00:51:44

This week’s episode is with Sam Lessin. Sam is partner at slow ventures and founder of Fin, which aims to eclipse Siri by building something like the technology from the movie "Her". Sam has made a name for himself both as an operator and investor, having started and sold Drop to Facebook and invested in companies such as Venmo, Birchbox, and Makerbot. In this episode we discuss his philosophy behind angel investing, product management, his college friendship and connection with Mark Zuckerberg, and why, if he was to give a controversial TED Talk right now, it would be about the end of capitalism. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @lessin Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Feb 19, 2016
Episode 65: Terry Gross
00:52:44

Terry Gross has been hosting Fresh Air on NPR for over 40 years. She's done over 13,000 interviews, and is, in many people's opinion, the best interviewer alive. We talk about how Terry got her start, how she met her husband, her experience in therapy, the craft of interviewing, and much more. As a student of the craft, it was an absolute honor to have Terry on the podcast. If you like this epiode, tweet @NPRfreshair and let them know. If you haven’t listened to Fresh Air, I recommend starting with the interviews of Maurice Sendack, Louis CK, Marc Maron, or any other guests that interest you. Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman Lavish Praise (& Money) to @NPRFreshair Constructive Criticism to @erikorenberg

Feb 11, 2016
Episode 64: Danielle Morrill
00:52:48

This week’s episode is with Danielle Morill, co-founder and CEO of Mattermark. We dive into her Mattermark story — company building, fund-raising, scaling, etc -- and then we get into her own personal story — what it’s like to start a company with her husband, her personal/professional rituals, her intellectual heroes (Ayn Rand being one of them), and much more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @DanielleMorrill Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Feb 09, 2016
Episode 63: Ramit Sethi
01:14:05

Ramit Sethi is the author and founder of IWT (Iwillteachyoutoberich.com) and GrowthLab (growthlab.com). Ramit applies behavioral psychology to help others lead a rich life, not only rich in finance but also in health, fitness, relationships, career & more. In this episode Ramit shares his come up story, how he’s built and scaled his business over time, how he changed his psychique, how he measures success, how being an immigrant shaped his perspective, his philosophy behind teaching, accountability. and much more.

Feb 05, 2016
Episode 62: Bryan Johnson
00:50:09

Bryan Johnson is the founder of Braintree and the OS fund, which invests in science and tech startups aiming to radically improve peoples quality of life. This episode we talk about the Braintree story, advice for entrepreneurs, how he grew up Mormon and then changed his belief system, becoming a father, the future of education, medecine, technology and more. Brian is both a fascinating thinker & a proven entrepreneur, and it was a pleasure having a very candid conversation with him about his life and where the world is headed. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @Bryan_johnson Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Feb 03, 2016
Episode 61: Jeff Raider
00:42:48

Jeff Raider is the co-founder of Warby Parker and Harry's. This episode goes deep in the weeds of building a company and building a brand . We talk about Jeff’s journey building 100 year brands at Warby Parker & Harry’s, mistakes and lessons learned from building and scaling those companies, his philosophy on hiring and firing, and much more. Edited by @AlexKontis Lavish Praise to @JeffreyRaider Constructive Criticism to @Eriktorenberg

Jan 29, 2016
Episode 60: Josh Kopelman
00:47:41

Josh is an entrepreneur, investor, and founder of First Round Capital. We talk about his come up story, starting half.com and selling it to ebay, how he started First Round, how he learned how to invest, advice to entrepreneurs, and much more. For anyone looking to learn how to invest, Josh is one of the best in the game and drops a bunch of gems in this episode.

Jan 27, 2016
Episode 59: Sarah Tavel
00:50:52

Sarah Tavel is a partner at Greylock, previously ran product at Pinterest, and is one of my favorite investors in the Valley. We talk about her story at Pinterest - why she joined, how it scaled, and how she transitioned from PM to VC. She shares career advice talk about career advice — when to join a company, when to move on, and how to identify a rocket ship. And then we discuss investing and how to get good at it. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @sarahtavel Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 25, 2016
Episode 58: Patrick Collison
00:47:14

Patrick Collison, cofounder of Stripe, is one of the most impressive and interesting CEOs in tech today. We delve into Patrick's story - how he came from Ireland, pursued Stripe while on leave from College, and then built and and scaled his company internationally. Patrick shares advice for entrepreneurs, thoughts on education, immigration, and a whole host of other topics. If you enjoyed the Tyler Cowen or Ezra Klein episode, you’ll also enjoy this one. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @patrickc Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 21, 2016
Episode 57: Ezra Klein (Part II of II)
00:58:42

Ezra is a journalist and founder of one of the most interesting media platforms today, Vox. In this second episode with Ezra Klein, we discuss politics: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Obama's legacy. We talk entertainment: highbrow vs lowbrow, and then I ask him a set of broad questions--namely where he differs intellectually from thinkers like Peter Thiel, Tyler Cowen, Elon Musk, Marc Andreessen, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and more. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @ezraklein Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 20, 2016
Episode 56: Ezra Klein (Part I of II)
01:12:24

Ezra Klein is a journalist and founder of one of the most interesting media platforms today, Vox. Our talk was so good I had to break it down into two episodes. In this first episode, we cover Ezra’s start in journalism, how he transitioned from journalist to manager, and then we get into the future of news media platforms and what it will mean to be a journalist in 2020. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @ezraklein Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 18, 2016
Episode 55: Des Traynor
00:46:31

Des Traynor is the co-founder of Intercom. In this episode we get deep into the weeds of startup land. We discuss product market fit, advice to entrepreneurs, hiring, firing, productivity, and a lot more. Des is one of the best growth and product founders in the game, and drops gems in this episode. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @destraynor Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 16, 2016
Episode 54: Emmet Shear
01:04:41

Emmet Shear is the CEO and Co-Founder of Twitch.tv and a partner at YCombinator. We talk about the story of Twitch.tv -- and how it evolved from Justin.TV -- how he became a YC Partner, and then we have a broader talk about capitalism, social inequality, and how technology can reduce it. Edited by @AlexKontis Lavish Praise to @eshear Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 13, 2016
Episode 53: Alysia Harris and Libby Ashton
01:07:27

Alysia Harris is a world renowned spoken word poet. This episode we talk about the the craft of poetry -- how Alysia writes poems, how she advises others who want to write poems -- We talk about the economics of poetry -- how Alysia merges art & business and the tensions therein -- we talk about the artist’s role in society, and then, for good measure, we sprinkle some talk about religion, metaphysics, diversity and much more. Edited by @Alexkontis Lavish Praise to @poppyinthewheat, @libashton Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 09, 2016
Episode 52: Cal Newport
01:08:13

Cal Newport is a computer scientist, professor, and author of five books. In this episode we explore his book "Get So Good They Can’t Ignore You" which talks about the importance of mastery, and the follies of blind pursuing your passion. We also talk about his new book. Deep Work, which comes out today, January 5th. His book explores the concept of deliberate practice and shares strategies for how to construct an environment where one can perform deliberate practice consistently. Edited by @AlexKontis Praise to Calnewport.com/blog Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg Check out Deep Work below. I highly recommend it. http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692

Jan 06, 2016
Episode 51: Jeff Atwood
00:55:23

Jeff Atwood is a prominent entrepreneur and developer, having founded Stack Exchange and, more recently, Discourse. In this episode we get deep into the weeds on community building - Jeff's one of the best in the game. Edited by @Alexkontis Lavish Praise to @codinghorror Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Jan 04, 2016
Episode 50: Kanyi Maqbuela
01:01:05

Kanyi Maqbuela is a partner at Collaborative Fund. In this episode, we discuss Kanyi’s personal story going from Stanford drop out to VC, how he’s navigated failures, built mentor relationships, and we also go broad: We talk about tech and the intersection of education, academia, non-profit, government, culture, philosophy, and much more. Edited by @Alexkontis Praise to @Km Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Dec 26, 2015
Episode 49: Arielle Zuckerberg
00:51:19

Arielle Zuckerberg is a former Product Manager at Humin and Wildfire, and a new partner at Kleiner Perkins. We talk about the transition from product manager to angel investor to working at Kleiner, how her life has changed due to her last name (Zuckerberg), her senior thesis on the morality of artificial intelligence, and much more

Dec 21, 2015
Episode 48: Chris Sacca
01:10:21

Chris Sacca is one of the most successful angel investors of all time. He's invested in Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter, among many others. Before that he led special projects at Google and worked as a lawyer at Fenwick. He shares what it was like working with Larry & Sergey at Google, working with Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey as one of the first investors in twitter, becoming a guest shark on Shark Tank, interviewing Edward Snowden, and asking President Obama the tough questions while working with him in his two campaigns. edited by Alex Kontis praise to @sacca criticism to @eriktorenberg

Dec 17, 2015
Episode 47: Ryan Leslie
00:54:19

Ryan Leslie is one of the most interesting rappers and artists in the music industry. He graduated from Harvard at age 20, has grammy nominated songs, including one with Kanye West, and recently created the Super Phone, which is backed by Ben Horowitz, Betaworks and others. We talk about Ryan's story coming up in the rap game and the tech game, the future of the music industry, how he thinks about building his audience, and much more. Edited by Alex Kontis Praise to @ryanleslie Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Dec 11, 2015
Episode 46: Tracy Chou
00:48:57

Tracy Chou has been a super early employee at Pinterest and Quora and has become one of the most respected voices in the diversity in tech conversation, both in terms of gender and in terms of race, We talk about 1) her experiences being both a women in tech and asian in tech, 2) what’s it meant for Tracy to become a public figure, 3) how she evaluates who she spends her time with and why, 4) having a social impact beyond tech and more. Edited by @Alexkontis Praise to @triketora Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Dec 03, 2015
Episode 45: Alexis Madrigal
00:46:22

Interview with Alexis Madrigal, long-time tech journalist and media entrepreneur. We discuss tech, media, writing process, mentorship, Grantland, legacy, and more. Lead interviewer: Jonah Bromwich Edited by Alex Kontis

Nov 18, 2015
Episode 44: Matt Mullenweg
00:52:41

Matt Mullenweg is the Founder of Wordpress. In this episode we talk about daily rituals, how he started Wordpress, how being a successful CEO early on has affected his relationships, how he thinks about hiring, investing, and evaluating people. Edited by Alex Kontis Praise to @photomatt Criticism to @eriktorenberg

Oct 30, 2015
Episode 43: Peter Diamandis
00:48:25

Peter Diamandis is author of BOLD and co-founder of X-Prize, Singularity Institute, and many others. We chat about Peter’s story, lessons learned from Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Larry Page, and what’s enabled him to succeed across industries, everything from space travel to human longevity to education of the future. Edited by Alex Kontis Feedback to @eriktorenberg

Oct 22, 2015
Episode 42: Tucker Max
00:27:01

Tucker Max is the founder of Book in a Box and the author of a new book on relationships, "Mate". http://bookinabox.com http://www.amazon.com/Mate-Become-Man-Women-Want/dp/0316375365

Oct 20, 2015
Episode 41: Keith Rabois
00:23:19

Keith has been an early executive at startups such as Linkedin, Paypal, Square, and has been an early investor in companies such as Youtube, Airbnb, Palantir, Quora, Yelp, and much more. In this episode we discuss Keith’s story, his thoughts on career strategy, his philosophy on hiring and why its similar to drafting athletes, and much more. This was recorded during the LAUNCH conference earlier this year. Edited by Alex Kontis Feedback to @eriktorenberg Praise to @rabois

Oct 09, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 39 w/ Nick Quah
00:34:43

We just launched our new podcast vertical! www.producthunt.com/podcasts The Product Hunt Team -- Ryan Hoover, Alex Carter, and Erik Torenberg -- sit down and discuss podcasts with Nick Quah, podcast connoisseur and writer of Hot Pod, the defining podcast industry newsletter. Edited by Alex Kontis.

Oct 08, 2015
Episode 40: Mahbod Moghadam
01:03:30

Mahbod Moghadam is a cofounder of (Rap) Genius who recently resigned last year. This episode is a bit like a therapy session: We discuss Mahbod's relationships, his perception of his actions, his thoughts on tech, hip-hop, and much more. Mahbod is currently a cofounder of Everipedia which is "Thug Wikipedia". We conducted the interview before he founded it. www.everipedia.com edited by Alex Kontis feedback to @eriktorenberg

Oct 02, 2015
Episode 39: Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
00:55:43

In this episode we have Mike Shinoda, star of popular Linkin Park and Fort Minor. Linkin Park has recently launched a Venture Capital firm. We talk about everything tech - how and why Mike got into tech, what he wants to achieve, what he invests, but we also talk about his art - how he thinks about making art vs making a business off his art, how he deals with success and still pushing it - and a lot more. But the one thing I’m curious when you’ve tried so hard, and got so far, in the end, does it really even matter? Does it?

Sep 30, 2015
Epsiode 38: Mariquel Waingarten and Gaston Frydlewski
00:31:43

This episode I’m doing something a little different. It's with Mariquel and Gaston two entrepreneurs who run a business called Hickies, which is a shoelace replacement that allows you to to put on your shoes without tying them ,Bbt this episode has nothing to do with their business. It has nothing to do with tech. it has everything to do with relationships. We talk abut how they met, how Gaston courted Mariquel for 6 years, how, once they got together, they decided to build a business together and how that impacted the relationship, and how they’ve continued to build and strengthen their relationship . This is an experiment. I’ve wanted a more formal excuse to pry into peoples romantic and sex life and I’m curious if other people enjoy it. If you do, tweet me and let me know. If you think is this is lame, also tweet me. I’m just not gonna take silence anymore. I’m not gonna do it. Let me know what you think @eriktorenberg. Edited by Alex Kontis.

Sep 25, 2015
Episode 37: Ann Friedman
01:02:24

Ann Friedman is a journalist who writes about gender, tech, politics, and social issues in her weekly column for New York magazine. She also co-hosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend with her friend Aminatou Sow. In this episode we talk about how to be a journalist in 2015, how anne’s podcast with her best friend has effected their relationship, and what it means to be an ethical tech consumer. Edited by Alex Kontis For constructive criticism on the episode, message me @eriktorenberg For lavish praise, message @annfriedman

Sep 22, 2015
Episode 36: Steven Johnson
00:51:38

Steven Johnson is the author of many books, some of which Future Perfect, Where Good Ideas Come from, Mind Wide Open, and How We Got To Now. This episode is all about innovation, where it occurs in our own lives, where it occurs in communities, and how he keeps finding it in his own life. Innovation is one of those terms like "authentic" that has essentially been co-opted. It’s been used so much to describe nearly everything that it’s almost lost its meaning. But Steven’s been writing about innovation for two decades and has interesting and defining things to say about it. Edited by Alex Kontis For any feedback, message me by @eriktorenberg See more Steven Johnson at www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/ and message him at @Stevenbjohnson.

Sep 21, 2015
Episode 35: Jane McGonigal
00:53:23

Jane McGonigal is an author and game designer who believes that playing games and adopting gameful mindset can help improve our health, relationships, and her new book, Superbetter, explains how. In this episode we talk about Superbetter and how it works, we talk about not judging games by their content but by how the game is played, co-operative games vs competitive games, the intersection of games & therapy and more. Check out her book here: http://www.amazon.com/SuperBetter-Revolutionary-Approach-Stronger-Resilient-Powered/dp/1594206368 Edited by Alex Kontis For feedback, message me @eriktorenberg

Sep 18, 2015
Episode 34: Troy Carter
00:16:43

Troy Carter is the founder of Atom Factory and Smashd Labs. Artists he's managed include Lady Gaga, John Legend, Miguel, and many others. Startups in his portfolio include Uber, Dropbox, Spotify, and many others. In this episode we talk about the convergence between entertainment and tech, the music industry, and how Troy wants to be for entrepreneurs what Nike was for athletes. Edited by Alex Kontis For feedback, message me at @eriktorenberg

Sep 14, 2015
Episode 33: Chris Schroeder
00:47:06

Chris Schroeder is a successful founder, investor, and now author of "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution remaking the Middle East" which chronicles startup stories in Cairo, Gaza, Damascus, and other countries throughout the region. In this episode we discuss his book, the role governments play in innovation, the intersection between tech and politics (both in the Middle East and in Washington where Chris lives), the future of cities and much more.

Sep 09, 2015
Episode 32: Robert Greene
01:05:45

Robert Greene is the author of books such as Mastery, 33 Strategies of War, Art of Seduction, the 48 Laws of Power, and the 50th Law (w/ 50 cent). including mastery, strategies of war, art of seduction, laws of power, one of which is with rapper 50 cent This episode we talk about the ideas in his books (power, mastery, seduction) what in his personal life has inspired the books, but we also talk meditation, writing, not having kids, and bunch more. Edited by Alex Kontis For any feedback, tweet me at @eriktorenberg

Sep 06, 2015
Episode 31: James Currier
00:57:47

James Currier is a prominent entrepreneur and investor. He was one of the earliest to build social networks, starting Tickle in 1999 and then selling it in 2004 He’s since advised/invseted in a bunch of startups including Goodreads, Honeybook and Meerkat, among many others. and most recently started NFX Guild, which is an invite only accelerator program for networks effects businesses. In this episode we discuss what James looks for in founders, common advice he finds himself giving, the concept of personal brand, his involvement in Goodreads and Meerkat, and more. Edited by Alex Kontis For any feedback, tweet me at @eriktorenberg http://nfx.com/

Sep 02, 2015
Episode 30: Felix Salmon
00:54:34

Felix Salmon is a senior editor at Fusion. He's of the rare writers who really understands both media and technology and the businesses and cultures behind both of them. In this episode we discuss media skepticism towards the tech industry, why there’s such an obsession with scale, why good things come from wasting time instead of optimizing it, the future of news delivery and brands, and much more. Edited by Alex Kontis Would love to hear feedback at @eriktorenberg

Aug 31, 2015
Episode 29: Kevin Kelly
01:39:55

Kevin Kelly is perhaps most known for being a founding team member of Wired Magazine and for starting the Long now Foundation, which aims to solve problems in a ten thousand year time frame. More than a few people refer to Kevin Kelly as the most interesting person in the world. In this podcast we talk about what happens then robots take our jobs, how success to Kevin means doing things that only you can uiquely do, How Kevin didn’t have his first job till he was 35, and his first drug experience at 50, and a ton of other things. Check out his graphic novel, the Silver Cord, here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Cord-Kevin-Kelly/dp/1940689015 Edited by Alex Kontis Feedback to @eriktorenberg

Aug 25, 2015
Episode 28: Joe Greenstein
00:54:46

Joe Greenstein founded Flixter, the popular movie discovery platform, for nearly a decade before selling it and since has founded Innerspace, a YC company that helps other companies build great companies + company cultures in addition to great products. Joe shares the struggles in his personal life building his company, the tension that comes with selling a company, him wanting to become a father, and much more. Check out Innerspace: http://www.helloinnerspace.org Edited by Alex Kontis Any feedback on the episode to @eriktorenberg

Aug 21, 2015
Episode 27: Ben Casnocha
00:52:53

Ben is the co-author of The Start-up of You and The Alliance with Reid Hoffman, served for two years as Reid's chief of staff at LinkedIn, and has founded many different companies in Silicon Valley. In this podcast we chat about career strategy, what it means to live in "permanent beta", loneliness in San Francisco, and much more. Ben's blog: http://casnocha.com/blog The Alliance: http://www.amazon.com/The-Alliance-Managing-Talent-Networked/dp/1625275773 Edited by Alex Kontis Any feedback please let me know at @eriktorenberg

Aug 18, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 26 w/ Brit Morin
00:45:15

This week we talk with Brit Morin, CEO of Brit and Co. about the transition from working at Google to running her own company, about becoming a mother in the middle of running that company, and having a sense of privacy when she is literally the face and name of her company. https://www.brit.co/ Brit's book, Homemaker: http://www.amazon.com/Homemakers-Domestic-Handbook-Digital-Generation/dp/0062332503 Edited by Alex Kontis Let me know what you think @eriktorenberg

Aug 14, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 25 w/ Tyler Cowen
01:19:24

Tyler Cowen and I discuss why he thinks Elon Musk is overrated, religion is underrated, happiness overrated, and much more. Tyler Cowen is one of my favorite economists and bloggers - check out his blog here: http://marginalrevolution.com

Aug 13, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 24 w/ Kevin Nguyen
00:33:42

This week we talk with Kevin Nguyen, editorial director of Oyster. We talk about Kevin’s role curating books for Amazon, his thoughts on the future of publishing, what books have influenced him the most, reading highbrow vs low brow, and much more. Edited by Alex Kontis Interview by @eriktorenberg

Aug 09, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 23 w/ Dayna Tortorici
00:34:41

This week I talk with Dayna Tortorici editor in chief of n+1 magazine. It’s my fundamental belief that you can be a huge fan of your industry while also critiquing it at the same time. So I found it N+1 magazine especially refreshing in that offers no humble bragging, no-ass kissing, and no click bait. Just dead on, beautifully-written, social commentary. If you want to read something that may challenge core fundamental beliefs, pick up a copy N+1 Magazine. I’m such a believer in its importance that I feel something of a moral responsibiltiy to encourage you to read it. Dayna and I talk about Women in Tech, the Lean In philosophy of Feminism, the difference between an artist and a businessperson, and much more. Check out N+1 here: https://nplusonemag.com Edited by Frances Harlow Interviewer: @eriktorenberg

Aug 05, 2015
Maker Stories Episode 22 w/ William Deresiewicz
01:02:02

What does friendship mean in the era of social media? what should the ideal college experience look like? what’s the difference between an entrepreneur and an artist? William Deresiewicz and I, Erik Torenberg, talk about these topics as well as his new book, Excellent Sheep, the Miseducation of America’s Elite and the way to a meaningful life. Check out his great book here: http://www.amazon.com/Excellent-Sheep-Miseducation-American-Meaningful/dp/1476702721 Edited by Alex Kontis

Aug 04, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 21 w/ Adam Braun
00:50:41

How do you write a book about your own story w/ the subtitle “How an ordinary person can make extraordinary change” and be humble at the same time? How do you write a book for yourself but also the reader and not sacrifice something? How do you evaluate whether you’re a founder, entrepreneur, or executive, and what’s the difference? I get into all of this with Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise, a non profit that builds schools all over the world, and best selling author of The Promise of a Pencil - how an ordinary person can make extraordinary change. Check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Promise-Pencil-Ordinary-Extraordinary/dp/1476730628 Edited by Alex Kontis Interviewer: @eriktorenberg

Jul 31, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 20 w/ Dan Ariely
00:48:32

Dan Ariely is a leading behaviorical economist, 3 time best-selling author, and he is the first guest to appear multiple times on Maker Stories. In this episode we talk about Dan’s new documentary on dishonesty and cheating and why people cheat in sports, politics, relationships. I also ask him about his favorite thinkers, the limits of behavioral economics, how he met his wife, and how he views the term ‘success’ If you liked this episode, check out these other episodes with Dan Ariely: https://soundcloud.com/product-hunt/maker-stories-episode-6-w-dan-ariely https://soundcloud.com/product-hunt/dan-ariely-pt-1

Jul 30, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 19 w/ Cindy Gallop
00:23:18

Cindy Gallop is interested in building the YCombinator of Sex Tech. She’s an author, TED speaker, and is the founder of Make Love Not Porn, which aims to revolutionize the porn industry. Cindy's TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV8n_E_6Tpc http://makelovenotporn.com/pages/landing Edited By Alex Kontis

Jul 27, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 18 w/ Daniel Pink
00:55:12

Daniel Pink is a NYT best selling author who writes about how can we have more fulfilling work lives We talk about the tensions between journalists and academics, the term "pop science", and what TED’s effect on intellectual culture has been. We also discuss Dan’s writing process, the differences and overlaps in his personal + professional life, and his latest book "To Sell Is Human." Check out his book here: http://www.amazon.com/To-Sell-Is-Human-Surprising/dp/1594631905 He'll be giving a live AMA on Product hunt 7/28

Jul 24, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 17 w/ Seth Godin
00:46:31

Seth Godin is the author of 18 bestsellers, a popular blogger and founder of the altMBA. We discuss marketing and distribution, how to build online communities, and what he’s learned from his various education experiments. His newest book is What To Do When It’s Your Turn http://www.yourturn.link

Jul 23, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 16 w/ Amanda Palmer
00:43:43

Amanda Palmer is an accomplished musician, speaker, and writer, known for her passionate and dedicated fanbase. We talk about all that, we talk about her best friend passing, and we also discuss how she feels about becoming a mother. Check out her book "The Art of Asking", and look out for a Product Hunt AMA with her soon. http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Asking-Learned-Worrying/dp/1455581089 Edited by Alex Kontis.

Jul 21, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 15 w/ James Beshara
00:44:18

James Beshara went one from being a D1 basketball prospect, to an economist in South Africa, to founding and running Tilt, a crowdfunding startup which launches more campaigns than any other startup in the world. https://www.tilt.com/ Edited by Alex Kontis

Jul 17, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 14 w/ Ryan Holiday
00:46:16

Ryan Holiday is an author of three books, including Growth Hacker Marketing, and he’s an Editor at Large at the New York Observer. He dropped out of college at 19 to become director of marketing of American Apparel, and has since advised writer and artist clients such as Robert Greene, Tucker Max, and Tim Ferriss and many more. In this chat, we discuss Ryan’s writing process, both for books and articles, and advice for aspiring writers. We also discuss the media space — Buzzfeed, Vice, the NYT — and the misaligned incentives in journalism today, as elaborated upon in his first book, Trust me I’m Lying. And then we discuss life stuff: why he lives in the south, why he loves the Stoics, why he dropped out of college, why he reads so much, and what's next for him in his career. Edited by Alex Kontis

Jul 15, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 13 w/ Tony Robbins
01:04:19

@eriktorenberg chats with Tony Robbins about his book, Money: Master the game, tech investments, family, relationships, sex, coaching, and service, and a lot more. http://www.amazon.com/MONEY-Master-Game-Financial-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00MZAIU4G Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman.

Jul 09, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 12 w/ Jessica Lessin
00:53:17

I chat with Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information about the news industry, what makes a great journalist, the transition from reporter to entrepreneur, and much more. Jessica has a special deal for listeners, so tune in. Edited by Daniel Russel.

Jul 02, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 11 w/ Jared Fliesler
00:33:30

Jared Fleisler, partner at Matrix and previously an executive at Google & Square, chatted with me about what success means to him, how he got to where he is, and how he views making an impact. Listen in, and let me know what you think.

Jun 11, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 10 w/ Eric Ries
00:45:54

Eric Ries is the author of Lean Startup, which has since become almost gospel in the startup world. We have a great chat about writing, career strategy, lean startup philosophy, and much more. Eric’s book, The Leader's Guide, was also a first selection for the product hunt book club. Stay tuned for more about Product Hunt Books. Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman

May 20, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 9 w/ Nick Adler
00:19:21

Nick Adler, part of Snoops management team, talks about what it's been like to extend the Snoop brand into technology, and the details of his successes, failures, and learnings along the way.

May 12, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 8 w/ Matt Mazzeo
00:28:41

Matt Mazzeo is Managing Director of Lowercase Capital, partners w/ Chris Sacca, and one of the best guys in the biz. We interviewed him and many others at the LAUNCH festival last month. Edited by Daniel Russell

May 05, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 7 w/ Tim Ferriss
01:04:01

Tim Ferriss is an author, entrepreneur, podcast host, and many other things. In this wide ranging episode, we discuss his new show, advice to his younger self, friendship & relationships, & much more. This is my favorite podcast episode thus far. Listen in and let us know what you think. Check out Tim’s Show here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-tim-ferriss-experiment/id984734983?ref=producthunt http://www.producthunt.com/posts/tim-ferriss-experiment You can find more info about Tim as well as his writings and podcasts here: fourhourworkweek.com. Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman.

Apr 28, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 6 w/ Dan Ariely
00:44:30

Dan Ariely is worth listening to pretty much on any topic. In this interview we touch upon college, lying, alzheimers, relationships, online-dating, and much more. This is Part II of my interview with Dan. in Part I, we chatted about products, tech, academia and more: https://soundcloud.com/product-hunt/dan-ariely-pt-1

Apr 24, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 39 w/ Josh Elman & John Lilly
00:37:34

Today Josh Elman and John Lilly from Greylock join us to talk about their recent investment in Meerkat, Facebook’s new Message platform, and the future of micropayment economy thanks to Square’s $Cashtags and others. Listen in.

Apr 21, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 5 w/ James Altucher
01:06:56

James Altucher is an author, investor, and overall fascinating person. We get deep. Tune in. For more James, see here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/ Edited by Daniel Russel

Apr 14, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 4 w/ Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory
00:53:48

I chat with Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, founder of Genius (formerly Rap Genius)in their Brooklyn office. Genius Beta has just launched on Product Hunt - more info here: http://blog.producthunt.com/post/115855892109/maker-stories-episode-4-w-genius-founders-tom Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman.

Apr 08, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 3 w/ Anthony Saleh
00:28:48

Anthony Saleh is Nas's manager and a founding partner at Queensbridge Venture Partners. I interviewed him and many others at the LAUNCH festival last month. If you want to see more interviews from the festival, let me know and we'll release them here. As always, feedback, constructive criticism, and guest recommendations are always appreciated. Edited by Daniel Russell

Apr 05, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 2 w/ Aaron Lammer and Libby Ashton
00:55:51

If you’re interested in books, journalism, content, tech & humanities, the tension between being an artist, pursuing a passion, and running a business, you’ll like this episode with Aaron Lammer. Thank you all for your great feedback on episode one with Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media. Appreciate any constructive criticism for this and future episodes as well. Who should we have next on Maker Stories? Tweet me your suggestions @eriktorenberg Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman.

Mar 31, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 38 w/ Justin Kan
00:38:43

In this episode Justin Kan, partner at Y Combinator and founder of Justin.tv, Twitch, Exec, and Socialcam joins us. Justin shares tips for hopeful YC applicants, the motivation behind his new EDM music discovery site, and impressions of this renewed interest in livestreaming video. Listen in. P.S. Here's a pic of the original Justin.tv broadcasting machine, as taken from our "recording studio" at Twitch: https://instagram.com/p/0B2Gs9D9Z1/

Mar 24, 2015
Maker Stories: Episode 1 w/ Alex Blumberg, Matt Lieber, Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt
00:46:34

We're thrilled to announce the launch of Maker Stories -- one-on-one conversations with makers about their products and the stories behind them We’re going to discover what inspires these makers, how they perceive the world, what they grapple with - I want to get deep with this: What Marc Maron did for comedians and actors I want to do for entrepreneurs and investors and doers and thinkers creators and makers etc. and this isn’t gonna be just people in tech - it’s gonna be people in books, games, music, movies, a vast array of types of creators. Like all Product Hunt projects, it's going to be community driven. If you have recommendations for guests, let me know. Appropriately, the first episode features none other than podcast legends Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media. We discuss the future of Gimlet Media + Startup Podcast, what it’s like behind the scenes at Gimlet, and we get deep into the craft of podcasting. Edited by Jenna Weiss Berman

Mar 17, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 37 w/ Ben Rubin & Josh Elman
00:38:39

This week Ben Rubin(CEO, Meerkat) and Josh Elman (Partner, Greylock) join us to discuss the backstory of Meerkat and the future of livestreaming. Of course, we broadcasted the episode live on Meerkat, sporting lovely yellow swag: https://twitter.com/joewardpr/status/575809780322811904. Listen in. P.S. Want a Meerkat shirt? There are a few more days left to buy one on Teespring: http://teespring.com/meerkatapp

Mar 12, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 36 w/ Ben Parr
00:39:25

Ben Parr, former Mashable co-editor, investor, and now author, just released his first book, Captivology. We chat about how to drive awareness for your product, advice for those looking to break into the startup world, and magical apps that save time. Listen in.

Feb 28, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 35 w/ Jason Calacanis
00:52:56

This week Jason Calacanis joins us on the show to chat about next week's LAUNCH Festival (http://www.launchfestival.com/) (including the Product Hunt AMA stage), technology's influence in building empathy, and qualities he looks for in founders he invests in. Listen in and we'll see many of you next week at the conference!

Feb 25, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 34 w/ David Byttow & Sara Haider
00:48:51

This week, Secret's David Byttow (https://twitter.com/davidbyttow) and Sara Haider (https://twitter.com/pandemona) join us at Product Hunt HQ to chat about the big redesign of their anonymous communication app, why their co-founder left the company, and David reveals his deep, dark LARP'ing past. Listen in.

Feb 14, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 33 w/ Noah Lichtenstein, Pratap Ranade, & Ryan Rowe
00:42:42

Noah Lichtenstein from Cowboy Ventures and Kimono Labs co-founders, Pratap Ranade and Ryan Rowe, swung by Product Hunt HQ to chat about products. We discuss Twitter’s new Group DM’s, Snapchat’s media play with Discover, and halfway through the show we accidentally make an announcement. Listen in.

Feb 02, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 32 w/ Startup L Jackson
00:41:09

This week we're joined by the infamous Startup L Jackson (http://twitter.com/startupljackson). For years he/she's tweeted their candid, often humorous take on the startup industry, behind a veil of mystery. In this episode, SLJ shares his opinions on diversity in the tech industry, apps he/she uses, and reveals who he/she is not. Listen in.

Jan 21, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 31 w/ Chase Hildebrand & Sarah Buhr
00:33:18

Last week Cloe, Siri's smarter sister, launched on Product Hunt (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cloe). The unique, SMS-based Q&A service captured the attention of the community and the shortly afterward TechCrunch's Sarah Buhr, added to the conversation (http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/15/sms-based-recommendation-engine-cloe-aims-to-outsmart-siri/). One of the founders, Chase, was in town so we invited him over for a quick podcast at our new office in lovely San Francisco. Listen in.

Jan 20, 2015
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 30 w/ David Lidsky
00:44:35

In this episode, Fast Company's Deputy Editor, David Lidsky, joins Ryan and Erik all the way from New York City. We chat about cord-cutting TV apps, fitness products, and the rise of notification-driven apps. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Pluto.tv (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/pluto-tv) - Curated video programming - Sworkit (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sworkit) - 5 minute "body weight" video workouts you can do anywhere - Power 20 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/power-20) - Badass workouts for busy people (iPhone) - Nudge (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/nudge) - Klout for Healthy Living - Fiticle (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fiticle) - Improve your workouts with animated GIFs - Reserve (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/reserve-2) - A better dining experience. Pay effortlessly. - Ping (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ping-2) - You're going to like me (new app by Secret) - Nuzzle (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/nuzzel) - The super-easy way to see news from your friends - Newsle (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/newsle) - News about your network - SwiftKey (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/swiftkey-for-ios-2) - The keyboard that learns from you. - Derp (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/derp) - Play sounds on your friends' phones

Nov 18, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 29 w/ Tina Sharkey & Jason Shah
00:42:34

This week Erik Torenberg and I, Ryan Hoover, visit Sherpa Ventures/Foundry HQ to chat with Tina Sharkey (CEO, Sherpa Foundry) and Jason Shah (CEO, Do). We discuss productivity hacks, characteristics of startups Sherpa invests in, and the magic of voice dictation. Listen in, smiley face. - Do (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/do) - Do helps people run productive meetings - Boomerang (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/boomerang-for-gmail) - The ultimate toolbox to control sending/receiving emails - Tinder (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/tinder-4-0) - Tinder, now with #TinderMoments photos - Weave (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/weave) - Tinder for professionals nearby - Snapchat (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-chat) - Putting the Chat into Snapchat - Medium Embeds (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/medium-embeds) - Embed Medium stories, collections, & profiles on the web - Draft (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/draft-61) - Better writing software - Shyp (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shyp) - The easiest way to ship your stuff - Beepi (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/beepi) - Next gen used car marketplace - Munchery (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/munchery) - Wholesome meals in a snap

Nov 04, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 28, Hackathon Edition
00:43:43

Last weekend we hosted the first Product Hunt Hackathon at Y Combinator. While in Mountain View, we pulled a few awesome people into our makeshift studio (a garage in the back of YC) to chat about products and things they’re building. We're joined by Shrav Mehtaa (Developer Evangelist, Hired), Mark St Raymond (Unwind.me), Kyle Russell (Writer, TechCrunch), Erik Finman (Founder, Botangle and Intern for a Day) Dave Fontenot(The Hackathon Guy), and Aaron Landy (Engineer, Main Street Genome). Listen in. Check out the top hacks from the Product Hunt Hackathon: http://www.producthunt.com/e/product-hunt-hackathon-2014

Oct 28, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 27 w/ Camille Ricketts and Rob Hayes
00:45:07

This week Camille Ricketts (Editor, First Round Review) and Rob Hayes (Partner, First Round Capital) join us from bustling 500 Startups HQ. We chat about new messaging apps like Snowball, products kids use, and a fun little site to troll your friends. Enjoy. Products mentioned: - Snowball (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snowball) - All your messages in one place (on Android) - Slack (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/slack) - Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search. - Goji (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/goji) - The Keyboard for Fun - Swipe (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/swipe-2) - See the photos & videos your friends won't post on Facebook - Ringly (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ringly) - Fashionable wearables. Rings connected to your phone. - Sproutling (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sproutling) - Grow happy families - Signul (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/signul) - The world's first personal beacon system - BloomThat (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bloomthat) - Ridiculously fast flowers - Bacon Lover's Feast (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bacon-lover-s-feast) - Monthly bacon delivery - Luxe Valet (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/luxe-valet) - On-demand valet parking - Instagram (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/instagram-6-0) - Simple way to capture and share the world's moments - Remind (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/remind) - Teacher-student-parent communication - TD4W (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/td4w) - A party in your pants - Ethan (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ethan) - A messaging app for messaging Ethan - SHRTURL (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shrturl) - Edit any webpage. Get short URL. Troll your friends!

Oct 21, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 26 w/ Andrew Chen and Nir Eyal
00:51:45

This week, friends Andrew Chen (Entrepreneur, Investor. Ex-Adtech and VC) and Nir Eyal (Author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Blogger at NirAndFar.com), join me, Ryan Hoover, to chat about products. We discuss an unusual app called Ethan, habit-forming products, and the rise of pet products. Enjoy. Products mentioned: - Ethan (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ethan) - A messaging app for messaging Ethan - TD4W (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/td4w) - A party in your pants - Ping (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ping-2) - You're going to like me (new app by Secret) - Weave (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/weave) - Tinder for professionals nearby - Path Talk (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/talk-by-path) - Smart, Private Messaging - Mailbox (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/mailbox-2-0) - Fly through your email. - SaneBox (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sanebox) - Prioritization for your inbox - Spritz (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sprintz) - Reading reimagined. Technology for faster communication. - Readtime (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/readtime) - Helps me get through my pocket - Quibb (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/quibb) - Professional network to share industry news and analysis - Link Bubble (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/link-bubble) - Mobile browsing done right - Kloof (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/klooff) - Show the world how much you love your pet - BarkBox (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bark-box) - - BarkShop (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/barkshop) - Find The Perfect Pawduct For Your Pooch, from Bark & Co - BarkCam (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/barkcam) - The first camera app designed to make your pup a star - Sesame (https://sincerely.com/sesame) - Themed gift sets delivered in a beautiful box

Oct 13, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 25 w/ Ryan Orbuch, Gwen Brinsmead, & Ari Weinstein
00:38:50

This week we're joined by young makers, Ryan Orbuch (Founder, Finish), Gwen Brinsmead (Product, AppMesh), and Ari Weinstein (Co-founder, DeskConnect and Workflow) from a sunny rooftop in San Francisco's Tenderloin. We chat productivity tools, apps that create beautiful photos, and trends in teenage tech culture. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Finish (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/finish) - To do lists for procrastinators - Workflow (https://my.workflow.is/) - Powerful automation for iPhone & iPad - imoji (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/imoji) - Turn selfies or any photo into stickers you can text - Overcast (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/overcast-podcast-player) - The powerful, simple podcast app from Marco Arment - Hours (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hours) - Visual time tracking app - TiddlyWiki (http://tiddlywiki.com/) - A versatile note-taking web application - Sketch (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sketch-3) - Professional digital design for Mac - Avocado (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/avocado) - A new toolbox for interaction designers - Origami (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/origami) - A free design prototyping toolkit for Quartz Composer - Facebook Paper (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/facebook-paper) - Explore stories from friends and the world around you - Fyuse (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fyuse) - Build amazing spatial photos with your iPhone - Seene (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/seene-2-0) - Share life in 3D - Matter (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/matter-3) - Add Stunning 3D Objects To Your Photos - Fragment (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fragment) - Prismatic Photos - Hipstamatic (http://hipstamatic.com/classic/) - Digital photography never looked so analog - 1-Hour Photo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/1-hour-photo) - A camera app, where you wait an hour to see the photo - Snapchat (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-our-story) - Experience live, real-time events together - Instagram (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/instagram-6-0) - Simple way to capture and share the world's moments on your iPhone - to.be Camera (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/to-be-camera) - The Augmented Reality Camera - Mindie (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/mindie-2-0) - 10 second music videos

Sep 30, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 24 w/ John and Sam Shahidi
00:39:32

In this week’s episode, John and Sam Shahidi, brothers and co-founders of Shots, join PHR from their new office in SOMA, San Francisco. We chat about online bullying, music discovery, and the thoughtful anti-patterns of Shots. - Shots (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shots-of-me) - Share what you are doing through selfies and photos. - CyberDust (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cyberdust-for-android) - Take back control of your messaging - Kindly - Chat with helpful strangers. Private, anonymous, & safe. - Snapchat (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-our-story) - Experience live, real-time events together - Secret (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/secret-3-0) - Share anonymously w/ friends (on Android & avail worldwide) - YikYak (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yik-yak) - The anonymous social wall for anything and everything - Vine (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/vine-messages) - Fun & easy video conversations with friends - Plug (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/plug) - Lightweight OSX player for Hype Machine - Product Hunt for iOS (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/product-hunt-for-ios) - The best new products, every day, in your pocket P.S. Apologies for the poor audio quality. It’ll get better. :)

Sep 23, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 23 w/ Roy Bahat & Dan Strickland
00:41:20

This week's PHR comes from the beautiful Bloomberg Beta HQ on the Embarcadero with Roy Bahat (Head of Bloomberg Beta) and Dan Strickland (Operations at Bloomberg Beta). Roy shares his secrets to get to inbox 0, keyboards, we discuss invisible apps, and a preview of what’s to come at Product Hunt. - Keyboardio (http://www.keyboard.io/) - Making keyboards better - Nudgemail (http://www.nudgemail.com/) - The easiest way to send yourself reminders - Zapier + Product Hunt (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/zapier-product-hunt) - Create your own Product Hunt notifications - Jarvis (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/jarvis) - A personal assistant for $100/mo - Digit (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/digit) - SMS bot that monitors your bank account & saves you money - RubCam (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/rubcam) - Minimal iOS camera for taking pictures by rubbing the screen - Frontback (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/frontback) - Tell stories with photos - Checkr (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/checkr) - An API to Do Background Checks - SaviOne (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/savione) - A revolutionary delivery robot for the services industry - Jobr (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/jobr) - Tinder for job hunting - Two Margins (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/two-margins) - Annotate financial documents (ex. SEC filings) w/ the crowd

Sep 14, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 22 w/ Matt Galligan & Ryan Block
00:49:56

This week Matt Galligan (CEO & Co-founder, Circa) & Ryan Block (VP of Product, AOL) join me, Ryan Hoover, hours after the much-hyped Apple event. Of course, we geeked out about the Apple iPhone 6/6+, Pay, and the long-rumored Watch. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Apple Watch (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/apple-watch-2) - The most personal device Apple has ever created - iPhone 6 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/iphone-6-2) - Bigger, better iPhone - Apple Pay (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/applepay) - Integrated hardware, software, and services for payments - Circa (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/circa) - News app with high quality curated content

Sep 10, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 21 w/ Poornima Vijayashanker & Julia Grace
00:47:42

This week, Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder of Femgineer/BizeeBee & EIR at 500 Startups) and Julia Grace (Head of Engineering at Tindie) join Product Hunt’s Erik Torenberg and Ryan Hoover at 500 Startups HQ. We chat about tools communicate with remote teams, our love of email, and products to help fight digital distractions. Listen in. - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - Tindie (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/tindie) - Shop directly from indie innovators - Slack (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/slack) - Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search. - Screenhero (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/screenhero) - Collaborative Screen Sharing + Voice Chat - Pivotal Tracker (http://www.pivotaltracker.com/) - Build better software faster - Trello (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/trello-66) - Organize anything, together - Asana (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/asana) - Teamwork without email - Product Hunt for iOS (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/product-hunt-for-ios) - The best new products, every day, in your pocket - Edgar (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/edgar) - Stop letting your social media updates go to waste - Self Control (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/self-control-mac) - Avoid distracting websites - Boomerang (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/boomerang-for-gmail) - The ultimate toolbox to control sending/receiving emails - Mobile Flow (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/mobile-flow) - Eliminate digital distractions - “Hooked” Book (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hooked-book) - How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Tiny Habits (http://tinyhabits.com/) - BJ Fogg’s program to help build healthful habits - Streak (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/streak) - CRM in your inbox - for Gmail - imoji (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/imoji) - Turn selfies or any photo into stickers you can text - emoji.sexy (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/emoji-sexy) - The emoji URL shortener - Transform Your Ideas (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/transform-your-ideas) - 20 week e-mail course on building & launching software In case you missed it, check out batch 9 of 500 Startups (http://www.producthunt.com/e/500-startups-batch-9) and this lovely collection of Emoji Apps (http://www.producthunt.com/e/emoji-apps) on Product Hunt.

Aug 30, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 20 w/ Nick Chirls, Will Peng, Jon Lax, & Jake Levine
00:57:28

This week Nick Chirls (Partner, Notation Capital), Will Peng (Partner, Red Swan Ventures), Jon Lax(Partner, teehan+lax), and Jake Levine (Founder, Electric Objects), join me, Ryan Hoover, in the attic of Electric Objects' popup shop in the lower east side of NYC. We geek out about Levine's latest artistic venture, the revival of the hardware startup, and robots that fight crime. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Electric Objects (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/electric-objects) - Digital artwork from the Internet on your wall (pre-launch) - The Little Printer (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/little-printer) - A delightful web-connected printer that lives in your home - Knightscope (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/knightscope) - Autonomous robots that predict and prevent crime - SafeTrek (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/safetrek) - Travel safely. An app that dials 911 in an emergency. - Chesstime (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-time-multiplayer-game/id455602152) - Free multiplier chess - Reverb(http://www.producthunt.com/posts/reverb-1467) - The Marketplace for Musicians - Domai.nr (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/domai-nr) - Worldwide domain search - Honey (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/honey) - Chrome Extension that Automatically Finds Coupon Codes - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends. - LokLok (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/loklok) - Messenger app that works right on the lockscreen

Aug 24, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 19 w/ Ryan Sarver, Jamie Davidson, & Julie Logan
00:33:13

This week we have a double Ryan feature with myself, Ryan Hoover, and Ryan Sarver (Partner, Redpoint Ventures) along with siblings Jamie Davidson (Sr. Assoc., Redpoint Ventures) and Julie Logan (Founder, Nutmeg). In this episode we chat about a sound-making "Instagram for dogs," a fun app to make it rain $$$ on your friends, and everyone's favorite graphics file format: GIF. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Secret (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/secret) - Share anonymously with your friends. Speak freely. - Text (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/text) - Push notification messaging with friends (WUT w/o anonymity) - WUT (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/wut) - Anonymously chat with friends - Ultratext (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ultratext) - Type-to-create interface for GIF creation in seconds - Stacks (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/stacks) - Make it rain real money on your friends using Venmo - Nutmeg (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/nutmeg) - Making it ridiculously easy to text awesome gifs - BarkCam (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/barkcam) - The first camera app designed to make your pup a star - Homejoy (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/homejoy) - Get Your Place Cleaned - Beepi (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/beepi) - Next gen used car marketplace - Quibb (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/quibb) - Professional network to share industry news and analysis - IFTTT (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ifttt) - Put the internet to work for you - Discovr (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovr-discover-music/id412768094) - A creative way to discover new music Visit Product Hunt (http://producthunt.com), a curation of the best new products, every day.

Aug 09, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 18 w/ Danielle Morrill, Andy Sparks, & Angela Kingyens
00:47:15

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, Danielle Morrill (Co-founder & CEO, Mattermark), Andy Sparks (Co-founder & COO, Mattermark), and Angela Kingyens (VC, Version One Ventures) join me, Ryan Hoover, in San Francisco's sunny Potrero Hill. Danielle confesses her love for Secret, we chat about productivity services like Clara, and discuss the fears/opportunities in offering a public Product Hunt/Mattermark API. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Mattermark (http://mattermark.com) - Research, prospect, and track the fastest growing private companies with deal intelligence - Secret - Share anonymously with your friends. Speak freely. - Whisper (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/whisper-4-0-for-ios) - The best place to express yourself online - Kindly (http://kindlychat.com/) - Chat with helpful people who enjoy lending their ears - Anonyfish (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/anonyfish) - Chat anonymously with another Secret user - Sunrise (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sunrise) - Beautifully designed calendar app - Audible (http://www.audible.com/) - Great stories, beautifully told - Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/) - Radio that instantly connects you to any conversation - Clear (http://realmacsoftware.com/clear) - The simple to-do app - Anxiety (http://www.anxietyapp.com/) - Lightweight to-do management - Evernote (https://evernote.com/) - Remember everything - Hackpad (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hackpad) - The simplest way to organize and share knowledge - Clara (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/clara) - Virtual employee that schedules your meetings - Super.cc (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/super-cc-1231) - Quickly add events to your calendar from any email - Jarvis (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/jarvis) - A personal assistant for $100/mo - Facetune (http://www.facetuneapp.com/) - Powerful and easy to use portrait editing app - Insta3D (http://www.spe3d.co/product/) - Instantly create your 3D avatar - Front (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/front-now-mobile) - Take out the pain of shared email accounts - Buffer for Mac (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/buffer-for-mac) - Official Buffer app for Mac - HunterData (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hunterdata) - Product Hunt Leaderboard! - The News (iOS) - http://www.producthunt.com/posts/the-news-ios) - Designer News + Hacker News, now on iOS - Product Hunt Alert - http://www.producthunt.com/posts/product-hunt-alert) - Get a text when your domain is mentioned on Product Hunt As mentioned in the podcast, The Product Hunt Community Scares Me, In a Good Way: http://ryanhoover.me/post/93109569743/the-product-hunt-community-scares-me-in-a-good-way Visit Product Hunt (http://producthunt.com), a curation of the best new products, every day.

Aug 08, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 17 w/ Robert Scoble
00:59:33

In this episode, product hunting Robert Scoble, joins Erik Torenberg and myself, Ryan Hoover, to chat about startups and tech. We discussed content curation, Robert’s love for Facebook, and a bit about the future of Product Hunt in this increasingly fast-moving, noisy world. Listen in.

Aug 01, 2014
Product Hunt Radio Episode 16 w/ Matt Hartman, Maya Prohovnik, & Brian Donohue
00:46:15

During my trip to NYC I swung into betaworks HQ to meet a few distant product hunting Twitter friends in the flesh. Matt Hartman (Investments at betaworks), Maya Prohovnik (Community at betaworks), and Brian Donohue (Builder at Instapaper) join me to chat about emojis, GIFs, podcast apps, and also surprised me with a 3D printed Ryan. Looks just like me (http://instagram.com/p/qSOR2jD9f1/)! Listen in. Products mentioned: - Instapaper (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/instapaper) - Save articles to Read Later - Giphy Chrome Extension (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/giphy-chrome-extension) - Respond to emails, tweets & more w/ GIFs in a jiffy - Structure.io (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/structure) - 3D Sensor for iOS - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends. - Yo, Postcard (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/postcards-yo) - "Yo" your friends via snail mail - Get Shitter (http://www.getshitter.com/) - Tweets on toilet paper - Ultratext (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ultratext) - Type-to-create interface for GIF creation in seconds - Giphy Chrome Extension (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/giphy-chrome-extension) - Respond to emails, tweets & more w/ GIFs in a jiffy - Gif Yourself (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/gif-yourself) - Add your face to a gif - Emojili (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/emojili) - The emoji-only network (pre-launch) - Emoji Dick (http://www.emojidick.com/) - Moby Dick in emojis - Picturelife 3.0 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/picturelife-2) - The smart home for photos - Launch Center Pro (http://contrast.co/launch-center-pro/) - Speed dial for everyday tasks on iOS - Overcast (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/overcast-podcast-player) - The powerful, simple podcast app from Marco Arment - Quibb (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/quibb) - Professional network to share industry news and analysis - Knozen (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/knozen) - Rate & share personalities w/ co-workers anonymously - Pushbullet (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/pushbullet) - Send files, links, and more to your phone and back, fast! - LokLok (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/loklok) - Messenger app that works right on the lockscreen

Jul 26, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 15 w/ Susan Hobbs, Sarah Buhr, & Kyle Russell
00:35:57

I recently visited the colorful, graffiti-filled TechCrunch headquarters to chat with the tech publication's Susan Hobbs, Sarah Buhr, and Kyle Russell. We chatted about a wearable smart ring, an app to command your friends, and a fun TapTalk meta game Susan and I play named #tapwhere. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Pressfarm (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/pressfarm) - Find journalists to write about your startup - TalkTo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/talkto) - Never Make Another Phone Call, Text Message Businesses - Taptalk (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/taptalk) - Personal video and photo messaging - 4 Snaps (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/4-snaps) - Snapchat + Draw Something, an all-new kind of word game. - Ding Dong (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ding-dong) - "What's up" in one tap - Swarm (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/swarm) - Keep up and meet up with your friends- by FourSquare - Snapchat Our Story (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-our-story) - Experience live, real-time events together - Vpeeker (http://www.vpeeker.com/) - Watch the world in real-time via Vine videos - TravelbyDrone (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/travelbydrone) - Collects travel videos taken by drones - IRIS Auto-pilot Drone] http://www.producthunt.com/posts/iris-auto-pilot-drone) - Android-controlled smart videography (incl auto-follow) - Android Wear (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/android-wear) - Google's smart watch technology - Ringly (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ringly) - Fashionable wearables. Rings connected to your phone - Cuddle Clones (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cuddle-clones) - Custom stuffed animals based on your pet! - Sup (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sup-2) - See what your friends see - Povio (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/povio-2) - Message friends from your POV - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - Slingshot (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/slingshot-3) - Facebook's new ephemeral photo/video app P.S. As announced on TechCrunch last week (http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/17/product-hunt-founder-ryan-hoover-to-speak-at-disrupt-sf/), I will be speaking at Disrupt in San Francisco this September. We'll probably talk about Product Hunt and products. :)

Jul 21, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 14 w/ Alexis Ohanian & Amanda Peyton
00:48:17

On my trip to NYC last week, I swung into Brooklyn to record another episode of PHR with the awesome Alexis Ohanian (Co-founder of reddit, Partner at YC) and Amanda Peyton (Co-founder of Grand St.). We chatted about reddit's upcoming (and long-overdue) mobile app, crack for beards, and the future of Product Hunt over an eclectic sampling of scotch. Listen in! Products mentioned: - Grand St. (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/grand-st) - Marketplace for Indie Electronics - Question Block Lamp (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/question-block-lamp) - Mario-Inspired Touch Sensitive Lamp - Cloud (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cloud) - Interactive lamp and sound system - Flaviar (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/flaviar) - Discover Premium Spirits. From Craft to Big Brands - Fixed (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fixed) - The easiest way to fix a parking ticket - AirHelp (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/airhelp) - Get comped for delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flights - Kimd (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/kimd) - Use your smartphone camera without disturbing the crowd - Narwhal (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/narwhal-for-reddit) - A simple app for reddit designed for iOS 7 - iReddit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxlEodOETU) - Video commercial for the reddit mobile app from 2009 - TapPainter (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/tappainter) - Picture your room with new colors - Big Green Egg (http://www.biggreenegg.com/) - The ultimate cooking experience - Electric Objects (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/electric-objects) - Digital artwork from the Internet on your wall - Perfect Body Spell (https://www.etsy.com/listing/128737962/perfect-body-plastic-surgery-black) - Look amazing for only $49 P.S. Check out Alexis' epic alien knight. P.P.S. If you care about keeping the internet open, please support net neutrality by contacting your congressman or woman and send your thoughts to the FCC (http://www.fcc.gov/comments). To learn more about net neutrality, watch this video with Alexis: http://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/reddit-co-founder-on-net-neutrality-its-a-terrible-brand Intro/outro music by eldienneproductions - https://soundcloud.com/eldienneproductions/hip-hop-beat-instrumental

Jul 14, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 13 w/ Naval Ravikant & Joshua Slayton
00:33:38

Before Product Hunt, I occasionally browsed AngelList, hunting for new startups for fun. As a long-time fan, I'm honored to have Naval Ravikant (Co-founder, AngelList) and Joshua Slayton (Venture Hacker, AngelList) on the show. We chatted about what AngelList really is, time-saving apps, and a few crazy products you wouldn't believe exist. Products mentioned: - Yo PRODUCT HUNTED (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo-producthunted) - Get a Yo whenever there's a Product Hunt with > 100 upvotes - Notational Velocity (http://notational.net/) - Modeless, mouseless Mac OS X note-taking application - Clear (http://realmacsoftware.com/clear) - Simple, beautiful mobile to-do list - Timeful (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/timeful) - Intelligent Time Management - Secret (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/secret) - Share anonymously with your friends. Speak freely. - Dark Sky (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/dark-sky) - Weather app that predicts when it will rain or snow - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - Inside 2.0 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/inside-2-0) - Curating the best journalism in real-time - Sprig (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sprig) - Hand-crafted dinners on demand - Spoonrocket (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/spoonrocket) - Most convenient meal ever. $6 delivered. - Order Ahead (https://www.orderaheadapp.com/) - Order pickup from great businesses nearby - HotelTonight (http://www.hoteltonight.com/) - Last-minute hotel deals. Tonight. - Homejoy (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/homejoy) - Get Your Place Cleaned - Flytenow (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/flytenow) - Go flying with local pilots - Hitch (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hitch) - An affordable way to get around SF by sharing your ride. - Sidecar Shared Rides (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sidecar-shared-rides) - Sidecar offers "Shared Rides" - Bandwagon (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bandwagon) - Share cabs. Save money. - Sweetch (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sweetch) - Park on-street instantly in SF - Faraday Bikes (http://www.faradaybikes.com/) - Lightweight, inconspicuous electric bicycles - Airpnp (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/airpnp) - Airbnb for toilets. Intro/outro music by eldienneproductions - https://soundcloud.com/eldienneproductions/hip-hop-beat-instrumental

Jul 05, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 12 w/ Hunter Walk & Satya Patel
00:43:57

This week I, Ryan Hoover, visited the colorful Homebrew headquarters to catch up with Hunter Walk and Satya Patel. We chatted about their latest portfolio addition, the qualities they look for in a founder, and the awesomeness of "crazy" products like Vessyl and Yo. Products mentioned: - Nuzzle for iOS (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/nuzzel-for-ios) - See top news surfaced by your friends on Twitter & Facebook - theSkimm (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/theskimm) - Daily summary of current events in your inbox - Refresh (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/refresh-1-6) - Get Insights about the People You Meet - Slack (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/slack) - Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search - Fancy Hands (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fancy-hands) - Assistants for Everyone - SHADOW (alpha) - Dream-based social network - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - Outdoors - AirBnB for Outdoors Equipment - Vessyl (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/vessyl) - A cup that knows what you're drinking - TravelbyDrone (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/travelbydrone) - Collects travel videos taken by drones - Snapchat Our Story (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-our-story) - Experience live, real-time events together - shortwave (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shortwave-2) - Short-range anonymous messaging (Secret meets Firechat) - Leo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/leo-1154) - Ephemeral group photo chat with text that last 24 hours

Jun 29, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 11 w/ Kevin Rose & Brenden Mulligan
00:43:37

This week Kevin Rose (Partner at Google Ventures) and Brenden Mulligan (Co-founder of Cluster) join me, Ryan Hoover, in the sunny Mission district of San Francisco. We chat about the Fire Phone, Facebook's highly criticized new app, Slingshot, and a stupid simple app called, Yo. Listen, yo. Products mentioned: - Fire Phone (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fire-phone) - Amazon's Smartphone - Word Lens (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/word-lense) - See the world in your language - Slingshot (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/slingshot-3) - Facebook's new ephemeral photo/video app - Taptalk (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/taptalk) - Personal video and photo messaging - Headspace (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/headspace) - web and mobile Meditation platform - PSTMRK (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/pstmrk) - Meet people from around the world (Frontback w/ penpals) - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - Shortwave (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shortwave-2) - Short-range anonymous messaging (Secret meets Firechat) - Screenshotter (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/screenshotter) - The simplest way to organize and manage mobile screenshots - Cluster 2.0 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cluster-2-0) - Private spaces for you and your friends - Glose (https://glose.com/) - Get inspired by what you read

Jun 20, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 10 w/ Zack Shapiro, Erik Torenberg, & Connor Montgomery
00:38:43

I know I say this all the time but this may be one of my favorite PHR episodes yet. Zack Shapiro (Co-Founded Luna, hacking on Product Hunt), Erik Torenberg (CEO of Rapt.fm, hustling on Product Hunt), and Connor Montgomery (Builder at Pinterest) join me, Ryan Hoover, on my windy rooftop. We chat about tinder for the elderly, our favorite easter eggs, and Erik raps about Product Hunt. No joke. Listen. Products mentioned: - Swift (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/swift) - Apple's innovative new programming language - Stitch (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/stitch) - Tinder for older adults - BarkBuddy (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/barkbuddy) - Tinder for dogs. Adopt cute pups that need a home - Kittyo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/kittyo) - Play With Your Cat. Even When You're Not Home via Phone - Electric Objects (http://www.electricobjects.com/) - Put the Internet on your wall - Domainr (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/domainr) - Worldwide domain search - Oyster (https://www.oysterbooks.com/) - Netflix for books - EPIC! (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/epic) - Netflix for kids books - Pocket (https://getpocket.com/) - When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket - ClickHole by The Onion](http://www.producthunt.com/posts/clickhole-by-the-onion) - The most irresistibly shareable content on the internet - InstaNerd (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/instanerd) - Be smart, instantly - 5iler (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/5iler) - A notepad for the rhythm of your mind - OneTab (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/onetab) - Manage Your Tab-Hoarding - to.be Camera (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/to-be-camera) - The Augmented Reality Camera - "Hook" Product Hunt API](http://www.producthunt.com/posts/hook-producthunt-api) - Unofficial Product Hunt API for retrieving today's hunts - Notifyr (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/notifyr) - Receive iOS notifications on your Mac - Alfred (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/alfred) - Never use your mouse again - Shuddle (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shuddle) - Uber for Families - Rhymer's Block (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/rhymers-block) - In-line rhyming dictionary for hip hop & poetry lyrics - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends - bttn (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bttn) - Press the bttn & Magic Happens™ (internet connected button)

Jun 16, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 9 w/ Carmel DeAmicis & Misha Chellam
00:51:30

This week I, Ryan Hoover, am joined by Carmel DeAmicis (Reporter, Pando) and Misha Chellam (Co-founder, Tradecraft). In this Maker's Mark-inspired episode we chat crazy apps that respond to "Marco!", the wonders of SF's on-demand food services, and the secrets of online dating (hint: emojis). Grab a drink and tune in. Products mentioned: - Twister (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/twister) - Panoramic video with a party trick hook - Bubbli (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bubbli) - Dynamic Spherical Photos - Marco Polo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/marco-polo) - Find Your Phone by Shouting MARCO! - Sprig (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/sprig) - Hand-crafted dinners on demand - Zesty (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/zesty) - Healthy food takeout and delivery app - Spoonrocket (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/spoonrocket) - Most convenient meal ever. $6 delivered. (SOMA & East Bay) - Munchery (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/munchery) - Wholesome meals in a snap - Coffee Meets Bagel (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/coffee-meets-bagel) - Meaningful connections with one quality match per day - Tinder (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/tinder-4-0) - It’s how people meet - Context (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/context) - Fast visual texting - Taptalk](http://www.producthunt.com/posts/taptalk) - Personal video and photo messaging - Cluster 2.0 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/cluster-2-0) - Private spaces for you and your friends - CoffeeMe (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/coffeeme) - Tinder for Professional Networking

Jun 09, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 8 w/ Michael Sayman & Kyle Ryan
00:37:59

Don't tell the other guests but this may be my favorite episode of Product Hunt Radio yet. This week I (Ryan Hoover) am joined by 17-year-old 4 Snaps creator, Michael Sayman, and 19-year-old creator of Heartwood, Kyle Ryan, sharing their teenage perspective on technology and products. We chat about betaworks' beautiful new mobile game, anonymous social apps in schools, and a fun product to troll your friends. Products mentioned: - Heartwood (http://goheartwood.me/) - A fun and easy way to share what's happening with friends - 4 Snaps (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/4-snaps) - Snapchat + Draw Something, an all-new kind of word game - TwoDots (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/twodots) - A beautiful new puzzle game for iOS from the makers of Dots - Stay in the Line (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stay-in-the-line/id871434635) - Drag your finger to move your player. Stay in the line! - Secret (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/secret) - Share anonymously with your friends. Speak freely. - Whisper (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/whisper-4-0-for-ios) - The anonymous social network. - Ask.fm (http://ask.fm/) - Ask your friends questions, anonymously - Taptalk (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/taptalk) - Personal video and photo messaging - Snapchat Chat (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/snapchat-chat) - Putting the Chat into Snapchat - Fresco (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/fresco) - Instagram for news - Circa (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/circa) - News app with high quality curated content - bttn (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/bttn) - Press the bttn & Magic Happens™ (internet connected button) - Yo (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/yo) - A simple app to say "yo" to friends. - SHRTURL (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shrturl) - Edit any webpage. Get short URL. Troll your friends! - Ship and Dip (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/ship-and-dip) - Discover your next favorite dips (Birchbox for condiments) - Shaken Cocktails (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/shaken-cocktails) - A monthly pack of cocktail ingredients, delivered - Vinyl Me, Please (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/vinyl-me-please) - The best damn record club out there - Reeses Puffs (http://www.amazon.com/Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cereal-13-Ounce/dp/B001EQ5D42) - The best cereal in the world - Tinder (http://www.tinder.com/) - Tinder is how people meet. It's like real life, but better. - Coffee Meets Bagel 2.0 (http://www.producthunt.com/posts/coffee-meets-bagel) - Meaningful connections with one quality match per day

Jun 03, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 7 w/ Nathan Bashaw & Alex Baldwin
00:46:53

In this week's PHR, we're going coast to coast. Newly minted Manhattan resident, Nathan Bashaw (Product at General Assembly), uses the power of the internet to join Alex Baldwin (Designer at thoughtbot) and myself (Ryan Hoover) in San Francisco. We chat about music apps, location-sharing product, and reveal the best new thing to hit the internet since the GIF. Products mentioned: - Console.fm - http://console.fm - Soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com - Hype Machine - http://hypem.com - Swarm - http://producthunt.co/posts/swarm - Facebook Friends Nearby - http://producthunt.co/posts/fb-nearby-friends - Typehere - http://producthunt.co/posts/typehere - Yo - http://producthunt.co/posts/yo - SoundRad - http://soundrad.com - Doneliner - http://producthunt.co/posts/doneliner - Stamplay - http://producthunt.co/posts/stamplay - Snapchat Chat - http://producthunt.co/posts/snapchat-chat - Cards Against Humanity 90’s Nostalgia Pack - https://store.cardsagainsthumanity.com/ - Dash - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/dash

May 27, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 6 w/ Sandi MacPherson & Ash Bhoopathy
00:44:22

This week Sandi MacPherson (Editor-in-Chief at Quibb) and Ash Bhoopathy (Entrepreneur at Sequoia) join me, Ryan Hoover, to chat about time-saving products, new startup funding options, and fertility apps (yes, the baby-making kind). Ash also surprises us with a big launch announcement. Listen in. Products mentioned: - Cover - https://www.coverscreen.com/ - Stamplay - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/stamplay - Easyfridge - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/easyfridge - import.io - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/import-io (see Matt Ellsworth’s Web Scraping for Sales & Growth Hackers - https://www.udemy.com/learn-web-scraping-in-minutes/) - Kimono - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/kimonify - Maily - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/maily - Glow - https://www.glowing.com/ - ArtCorgi - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/artcorgi - Washio - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/washio - Dogvacay - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/dogvacay - Sprig - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/sprig - Instacart - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/instacart - Getaround - http://www.getaround.com - Airenvy - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/airenvy - Alphaworks - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/alphaworks - Patreon - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/patreon

May 18, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 5 w/ Semil Shah
00:39:40

In this episode Semil Shah (Product at Swell, writer, and investor) joins me, Ryan Hoover, to chat about one of my favorite topics, home screen apps. We also talk about Swell, Semil’s approach to investing, and washing vegetables in the shower. Enjoy. Products mentioned: - Swell - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/swell - Stitcher - http://stitcher.com/ - Soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com/ - Sunrise - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/sunrise - Circa - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/circa - Pocket - http://getpocket.com - Medium for iOS - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/medium-for-iOS - Clear - http://realmacsoftware.com/clear - Asana - http://asana.com/ - Last - http://last.co - Slack - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/slack - MessageMe - http://messageme.com - Quibb - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/quibb - Refresh - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/refresh-1-6 - Instacarthttp://instacart.com Subscribe on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/product-hunt/id862714883

May 12, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 4 w/ Josh Miller & Ben Yoskovitz
00:42:10

Last week Josh Miller (Product, Facebook & Partner, betaworks) and Ben Yoskovitz (VP, Product at GoInstant/Salesforce) joined me, Ryan Hoover, at the Everywhere Else Conference in Memphis, TN. We all happened to be speaking at the event so I thought it would be a great opportunity to pull away into a makeshift studio[1] to chat about products. We talked about the awesome story of 17 year old 4 Snaps creator, Michael Sayman, Snapchat’s big Chat update, and (yes, again) anonymous social apps, Secret and WUT. Listen in. :) [1] Apologies for the embarrassing audio quality. It was the best we could pull together last minute! Products mentioned: - 4 Snaps - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/4-snaps, Michael Sayman's story: http://pando.com/2014/04/30/how-a-florida-kids-stupid-app-saved-his-familys-home-and-landed-him-on-the-main-stage-of-facebooks-f8/ - Snapchat Chat - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/snapchat-chat - Potluck - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/potluck - PhoneTag - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/phonetag - WUT - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/wut - Secret - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/secret - Rumr - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/rumr-app - Interlude - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/interlude - Monument Valley](http://www.producthunt.co/posts/monument-valley-2 - Codacy - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/codacy - Ouija - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/ouija Subscribe on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/product-hunt/id862714883.

May 06, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 3 w/ Abram Dawson & Greg Koberger
00:29:12

This week Abram Dawson (http://twitter.com/abramdawson) (Associate at SV Angel) and Greg Koberger (http://twitter.com/gkoberger) (Founder of ReadMe.io) join me, Ryan Hoover, on the third episode of Product Hunt Radio. In our dimly lit basement, us three dudes geek out about products, from selfie apps to new innovative healthcare solutions. Products mentioned: - Taptalk - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/taptalk - Emissary - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/emissary - Holidogs - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/holidogs - Mindie - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/mindie - Context - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/context - Facefeed - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/facefeed - Shots of Me - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/shots-of-me - Developer Agents - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/developer-agents

Apr 26, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 2 w/ Kat Manalac, Nikhil Basu Trivedi, & Jack Altman
00:32:45

This week Kat Manalac (Partner at Y Combinator), Nikhil Basu Trivedi (VC at Shasta Ventures), and Jack Altman (Growth at Teespring) join me (Ryan Hoover) in the second episode of PHR. We chat about online-to-offline apps, a product to fight those darn San Francisco parking tickets, and the trend toward anonymous communication. Products mentioned: Flock - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/flock Jukely - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/jukely design+code - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/design-code Cloak - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/cloak-ios Fixed - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/fixed Patreon - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/patreon Secret - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/secret Rando - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/rando Facebook Nearby Friends - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/fb-nearby-friends Intro/outro music by eldienneproductions -https://soundcloud.com/eldienneproductions/hip-hop-beat-instrumental --- Product Hunt is a daily leaderboard of brand new products. Visit producthunt.co.

Apr 22, 2014
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 1 w/ Shaan Puri & Furqan Rydhan
00:42:58

In the inaugural episode of Product Hunt Radio (PHR), Shaan Puri and Furqan Rydhan joined me (Ryan Hoover) to geek out about product. We chatted about the Bebo reacquisition, backstory behind Monkey Inferno's new video walkie talkie app, Blab, shared our favorite Product Hunt discoveries, and brainstormed epic product ideas. Overview: - 00:00 - Intro to Monkey Inferno, Shaan, and Furqan - 1:34 - Blabbing about Blab and Bebo - 23:00 - Favorite Product Hunt Finds - 34:02 - Billion $ Product Brainstorm Related links and products mentioned: - Blab on Product Hunt - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/blab - Momentum on Product Hunt - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/momentum - Tickle on Product Hunt - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/tickle - Homescreen 2014 on Product Hunt - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/homescreen2014 - #Homescreen2014 by John Borthwick - https://medium.com/on-startups/4d07472265c7 - Snappy Checkout on Product Hunt - http://www.producthunt.co/posts/snappy-checkout Intro/outro music by eldienneproductions -(https://soundcloud.com/eldienneproductions/hip-hop-beat-instrumental --- Product Hunt is a daily leaderboard of brand new products. Visit producthunt.co.

Apr 13, 2014