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Product Hunt Radio: Episode 13 w/ Naval Ravikant & Joshua Slayton
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
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 18 w/ Danielle Morrill, Andy Sparks, & Angela Kingyens
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.
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 19 w/ Ryan Sarver, Jamie Davidson, & Julie Logan
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.
The future of venture capital and how mindfulness can help founders with Nic Brisbourne
On this episode Abadesi talks to Nic Brisbourne, managing partner at Forward Partners, and creator of the popular email newsletter, The Equity Kicker. In this episode they talk about... The future of venture capital and the concept of “applied venture” “Why stop at having a few people on payroll to help your portfolio companies succeed? Why not find a way to have as many as possible? That allows you to help your portfolio companies with many more things, offer better service, and that should see the companies go on to achieve greater results.” Nic gives us a history of the waves of venture capital since the early 2000s and explains how firms have evolved over time to better serve founders. He talks about the new trend in the industry — what they call “applied venture.” He explains what it is and how it is having an impact on founders and companies. The culture at Forward Partners “When we think about our culture, on the one hand we’re trying to reflect what we have currently so that it feels authentic and on the other, we’re trying to stretch ourselves to what we want to be tomorrow.” Nic says that at Forward Partners they look up to characters who inspire and inform their work. He explains why they chose Indiana Jones, Yoda, and Leonardo Da Vinci as the three individuals who capture what they want to be at Forward. Nic’s introduction to mindfulness “It was totally the wrong time of year to go to India. I arrived at the New Dehli airport and there was a sign up in the airport with the temperature, 44 degrees centigrade at 1 o’clock in the morning.” Nic explains how he became an advocate for mindfulness after having a hesitant start and shares the funny story of going to India during the hottest months to meditate at an ashram. The benefits of mindfulness for founders “There was a biotech company that ran an 8-week mindfulness course for their employees. After eight weeks they did MRI scans and the happiness centres in the people who had been on the mindfulness course were noticeably more active.” After Nic became a mindfulness convert, he didn’t stop at how it could help him in his work, he looked also to how it could have a positive impact on the founders he works with as well. He explains some of the benefits to the practice and talks about some of the programs they have been putting on for founders to help them get in the habit. What he’s most excited about in the tech ecosystem “Really what’s most exciting for me is the way that the startup ecosystem is growing and growing. The world is changing faster and faster and we have bigger and bigger problems to solve and it’s entrepreneurs who are going to be solving those problems for us on a global level.“ He talks about some of the tech trends happening now that he loathes and loves, and explains what they look for when they’re evaluating a potential investment for the impact it would have on the world. Nic also shares some of his favorite products and explains why he was initially an Apple skeptic but has since become a fan. 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. 😸 Companies and Products Mentioned In This Episode 7Geese — Social performance management tool. Apple Watch — The most personal device Apple has ever created. Simple Habit — Meditation for people who never have time. Small Improvements — Help your employees grow and succeed. Wager — Bet against your friends.
How building a community can supercharge your business with Gina Bianchini
On this episode Abadesi talks to Gina Bianchini, a serial entrepreneur and an investor. She is founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, a platform for building communities. She also co-founded Ning and has been an entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen Horowitz. In this episode they talk about... The emerging trend of community-powered businesses “They’ve taken their personal experience and their personal story, combined it with expertise, and now there are people who are really excited to master or learn that topic together with other people in their community.” Gina says that the next big trend in business is experiential commerce. She says that it’s a myth that building a community is hard and talks about some of the non-traditional ways to build one. She also explains the many benefits of creating a community around your business. Why it’s important to stay laser-focused on the results your customers want “How am I enabling the people using my product to have results they cannot otherwise achieve? If you have that, you can charge money for your community, you can charge more money for your product or service. It’s understanding how you are enabling your users to go from point A to point B.” Gina talks about some of the different approaches a maker can take to community-building but says the most important one is to notice what your customers’ needs are, what they’re looking to get out of the community, and how that intersects with what you can provide. How a community helps build your brand “A brand is how people talk about you when you’re not in the room. Here’s the amazing thing about investing in a community early on. You’re not just talking to your customer but you’re a part of a conversation where your customers are talking to other customers. You will understand so much more clearly what the people you serve need from your brand.” She says there’s no substitute for watching your customers talk to each other and listen to the specific words they’re using and exactly how they’re describing what they need. Observing your customers is made much easier when you are hosting the community. She also says that building a community off of the social media platforms is a better approach than trying to build on a monolithic platform like Facebook. Why it’s okay (and preferred!) to start small “There is no niche that is too small in 2019. There are 22 million people and brands that have over a million followers on Instagram. There are 147 million accounts with over 10,000 followers.” She talks about some of the lessons she learned from Ning, and explains why there was a “moment in 2007” where you could build a community for a broad swath of people but that moment has long passed. She says that not only is it easier to start small, it’s the only route to success. Gina also talks about some of her favorite products, why Instagram Stories has replaced TV for her, and some of her favorite accounts to follow on Instagram. 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. 😸
Tech, Comedy, and Following Your Passion with Sarah Cooper
Abadesi is joined by Sarah Cooper on this episode. She’s an author and comedian from New York, and has published two books: 100 Tricks To Appear Smart In Meetings, and How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings. She was also an executive at Yahoo! and Google. In this episode they discuss: How she got started in comedy and her advice for following your passion “Observe yourself. Notice where your mind goes when you’re supposed to be doing something else. What do you obsess about? What can you not stop thinking about?“ It was a difficult decision to leave a job at Google to pursue comedy full-time, but Sarah walks through her decision-making process and what pushed her over the edge. She talks about how to find your passion, and why you might need to let go of those childhood dreams. “Be flexible in what you passion is. Don’t feel like you have to do something just because it was a childhood dream.“ The inside scoop on working at Google Sarah worked for several years at Google in NYC, working on the Google Docs product. She explains what the best (and worst) things were about her time at Google. She dishes on the amazing interior design, the perks, the nap pods, but also the hyper-competitive environment that knew no bounds. For example, she says that people would race to be the first one to congratulate a co-worker on a personal announcement in an email thread. Another time, a co-worker of hers grabbed her laptop out of her hands to type on it himself because she wasn’t typing fast enough. What she’s excited about and how tech can do better at helping the world “It’s kind of ironic because one of the big selling points of joining a tech company is the chance to change the world. That’s the problem with capitalism — the question is always ‘how are you going to make it into a million-dollar company,’ even if it is going to help a small group of people immensely.“ Aba asks Sarah which technologies she’s most excited about. Sarah talks about some of the problems inherent in capitalism and why a company that makes a huge difference to the lives of a small number of people will nevertheless have a hard time getting off the ground. Her advice for people who are trying to write more “Never set aside time to come up with ideas. Ideas come to you when you’re observing people or yourself or in the world, or in the shower. I keep a running list of ideas and when I sit down to write I’m not starting with a blank page.“ Sarah takes us behind the curtain to show us what her creative process looks like. She explains why improv comedy is a favorite activity for tech companies looking to do team building, and the best way to turbocharge your writing process. And of course, we also talk about some of her favorite products. 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 Google Docs — Write, edit, and collaborate wherever you are. For free. Slack — Be less busy. Real-time archiving, messaging and search. Twimmage — Turn tweets into beautiful images you can share on Instagram.
How to learn to code with Saron Yitbarek
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.
The future of fintech with Chris Hutchins and Jake Gibson
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.
How Veni Kunche helps underrepresented candidates get into tech
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.
Empowering the next generation of makers with no-code tools
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. 😸
Episode 65: Terry Gross
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
Episode 66: Sam Lessin
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
Episode 59: Sarah Tavel
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
Episode 48: Chris Sacca
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
Maker Stories: Episode 12 w/ Jessica Lessin
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.
Maker Stories: Episode 9 w/ Nick Adler
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.
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 33 w/ Noah Lichtenstein, Pratap Ranade, & Ryan Rowe
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.
Product Hunt Radio: Episode 34 w/ David Byttow & Sara Haider
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.
The dark side of the web w/ Anil Dash and Allison Esposito
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
Episode 80: Larry Summers
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.
Episode 78: Matt Mazzeo
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
Episode 72: Sierra DeMulder
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
Episode 57: Ezra Klein (Part II of II)
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
Episode 54: Emmet Shear
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
Episode 36: Steven Johnson
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.
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Apr 13th, 2014
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Dec 4th, 2019
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