Product Hunt

The little side project that won Silicon Valley's heart and eyes

Founder:
Ryan Hoover, 29
2015 Revenue:
Undisclosed
Industry:
Consumer Products & Services
Location:
San FranciscoCA 
Founded:
2013
18
Raised:
$7.1 M

Ryan Hoover launched Product Hunt in late 2013 as an e-newsletter about the latest, coolest tech products, gadgets, and apps. A veteran of San Francisco's startup ecosystem, he wanted to help folks like himself discover new products--and, simultaneously, to help small companies like his own get publicity at their launch. By the following year, he'd enlisted help to build Product Hunt into a full website with a social-recommendation component. And before long, he was being courted by investors--four separate ones met with him to urge him to apply to the prestigious startup school Y Combinator. After Hoover graduated, Product Hunt got a lot more buzz, and more than $7 million in funding. Today, Product Hunt has 18 employees; half work out of a condo in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, and half are spread across the globe, from Denver to Belgium.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16

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