On today’s episode we have Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt and an investor at Weekend Fund. I’ve been a fan of Ryan for a while. When AngelList bought Product Hunt back in 2016, I said “I really like like Ryan Hoover and Product Hunt.” I still do. Even if he hasn’t aged a day.
For more details on today’s conversation read on below…
Guest: Ryan Hoover
Where to Find Him: Twitter
What’s Ryan Panicked About?: Having kids.
We cover the early days building Product Hunt in the Tenderloin district, his move to Miami, and raising money naked in the age of Zoom. Growing up in a middle class family of entrepreneurs in Eugene, Oregon – they owned a video store – gave Ryan a view of the world through an entrepreneurial lens. After a stint at a video game company in Eugene, Ryan found his way to San Francisco where he worked at a startup called Playhaven. He spent three and a half years building a network, relationships, and blogging. He was curious about discovering great products and wrote a newsletter, which led to Product Hunt.
Once he sold Product Hunt to AngelList, Ryan switched hats to become an investor. He’d thought of venture investing before; he loved the idea of talking to founders and discovering new companies, but the time wasn’t right. Fast forward to 2017 and Ryan charged right in with Weekend Fund. We talk a little crypto, building communities, and round out our conversation with the three favorite public companies he’d buy tomorrow, regardless of price.
“How do I buy a stock Howard? I don’t even… just kidding!”