Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

Founder of ProductHunt, Weekend Fund investor. Real likes, no gimmicks. ✌️😸

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#life

If you’re building a side project and serious about it, ask yourself: “What could this become with infinite resources in 3 years?” Observation: Many builders appropriately start small but never think big 🌠

#finding ideas

If you’re building a side project and serious about it, ask yourself: “What could this become with infinite resources in 3 years?” Observation: Many builders appropriately start small but never think big 🌠

#how to pich

Simple advice for founders: Don’t lie in your pitch deck. A friend informed me I was listed as a user of the product in a company’s deck. I’ve never heard of them before.

#team

Founders: In your investor updates, consider giving shout outs to the people that helped the company since the last update. It’s a great way to: 1. Recognize those that put in the work 2. Subtly peer pressure everyone else to help ;)

#meetings

While in person meetings are the best way to get to know someone, video calls are so much more efficient. Less small talk. No travel time (for either party).

#product

If you showcase customer logos on your site, make sure they ❤️ your product. Potential customers and investors will contact them.

#communication

There’s a time to pile people into a room but most team meetings should be canceled and replaced with asynchronous, written communication

#building

If you’re building a side project and serious about it, ask yourself: “What could this become with infinite resources in 3 years?” Observation: Many builders appropriately start small but never think big 🌠

#leadership

Many people assume a move into "management" is the next step to advance their career and skill set. That’s true for many corporate ladder-climbing career paths, but often not true for startups. IC’s can make a big impact and learn new things for years w/o a single direct report.

#startup Insights

Many people assume a move into "management" is the next step to advance their career and skill set. That’s true for many corporate ladder-climbing career paths, but often not true for startups. IC’s can make a big impact and learn new things for years w/o a single direct report.

#skills

Observation: Many entrepreneurs skew their world view to match what they *want* to believe to be true. The result: Wasted time and often failure. I’ve fallen into this trap. Be honest with yourself. 😊

#validation

Observation: Many entrepreneurs skew their world view to match what they *want* to believe to be true. The result: Wasted time and often failure. I’ve fallen into this trap. Be honest with yourself. 😊

#entrepreneurship

Observation: Many entrepreneurs skew their world view to match what they *want* to believe to be true. The result: Wasted time and often failure. I’ve fallen into this trap. Be honest with yourself. 😊

#copywriting

Pro tip: When launching a product, especially for an unknown brand, avoid super-vague-marketing-jazz-hands copy. E.g. I just saw a product described with the tagline, “For anywhere work takes you”. I have no idea what that means.

#simplicity

Pro tip: When launching a product, especially for an unknown brand, avoid super-vague-marketing-jazz-hands copy. E.g. I just saw a product described with the tagline, “For anywhere work takes you”. I have no idea what that means.