I founded Product Hunt and now invest in early-stage startups out of Weekend Fund.
Prior to that, I helped write Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and worked in product in the gaming industry.
I worked in Product Management since the beginning of my professional career nearly a decade ago with startups as small as 1 person (me!) to as large as 120.
One of the most underrated skills and competitive advantages in a startup is community-building. From the beginning, we put community first at Product Hunt to create the place for people to gather and discuss the latest in tech.
I've written over 150 essays, many of which are featured and quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Next Web. Visit http://medium.com/@rrhoover for all my writing.
I also co-created Startup Edition years ago to bring blogging founders, hackers, and designers together to share their learnings to a single question each week.
Got amazing insights from Ryan regarding the startup Im working on. Thanks a ton!
Ryan is the best
Ryan really takes the time to talk through specifics and get a general understanding of strengths and opportunities. Highly recommend a conversation for an outsiders perspective.
Ryan is very knowledgeable and supportive. Ryan brings a unique perspective as an investor and former Product Manager. He took the time out to review my SaaS product idea doc ahead of the call and distil his thoughts. Great product and business insight. Highly recommended.
This call with Ryan was great. He gave us several unique approaches to test, and provided perspectives from his years of experience in this space that likely saved us a considerable amount of wasted time and money. Excellent call and highly recommended.
Just had a great call with Ryan. Really appreciate him taking the time. Got some actionable insight and new strategies for identifying markets and validating concepts. Definitely recommended!
Ryan answered my questions methodically and I got exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks!
Just had an hour long in-depth conversion with Ryan regarding early-stage fundraising, community-centric platforms, and strategies for user growth.
Ryan has a wealth of knowledge around these topics. Not only would he offer a great perspective to my answers, but he also included examples and provided thought-provoking suggestions. Talking to Ryan was meaningful and something we could apply right away to improve our chances of succeeding as a startup team. This call made me a better founder.
Incredible call with Ryan. Appreciate him!
Ryan was super helpful. He's clearly genuinely interested in providing thoughtful feedback!
This was a great call for sanity check and invaluable insights for our upcoming app getStoryShots.com.
I was originally shooting for only a quarter but I changed my mind and made it take more than an hour. On top of Ryan's clear thinking, one thing I loved was that he pauses and ponders over what you just said for a moment before replying. He makes sure he has listened and processed it well first.