Product Hunt Roundup (Week of June 8th, 2020
Podcasting monetization, human IPOs, and Twitch for foodies
For those who don’t want to scan every product launch of Product Hunt, don’t worry. I do, and I include the most interesting potential venture scale startups here, with bullets on why I think they could be be big.
Top 3 potential venture scale products
Ode - Helping podcast creators live off their work
Has a focus on podcast analytics, CPM rates, and a promo code/affiliate type model for its podcasters. Aiming to fill in the major gaps podcasters already struggle with.
Appears to be dipping toes into DTC, which is not new for massive influencers, but new for people like me, with a audience of 5,000-15,000 people. Opens up a lot of opportunity.
Differentiated approach to podcast monetization when compared to Glow and Supercast. Immediately makes them stand out, as this market is growing quickly.
Human IPO- Invest in people you believe in.
I am 100% bullish on buying equity in creators, which means buying equity in people. This platform enables anyone to sell shares in themselves today. The copy on the site is slightly cringy, but the fundamental concept is well ahead of its time.
ISAs took a huge step to normalize buying equity in people. Culturally, it’s hard to think society is read to accept this concept, but ISAs are evidence that its becoming more acceptable over time, rather than less acceptable.
Any founder crazy enough to build this and deal with the backlash of the concept of “equity in people” is a venture scale founder, straight up. This person is living in the future. I hope he/she’s as impressive as this platform.
FoodFeed - Stream, watch, and meet other foodies around the world
This is bringing the concept that got Twitch famous to the masses. Also, the app is built pretty well and has a great UX for its users.
Every meal I eat alone is a missed opportunity to make a friend. Going out to eat is expensive and takes time, so this app allows me to have lunch conversations from the comfort of my own home The book “Never Eat Alone” is real.
I personally know the founders (They don’t know i’m featuring them) and think they both have extremely talented technical minds and are empathetic to their users’s use case. Great qualities to have in a founding team.
Crystal - RateMyProfessor for police officers & departments
Everything- A bundle of your favorite paid newsletters
Here’s everything I wrote this last week
Open for everyone
When words fall short - A post outlining my commitment to have 50% of my guests be non white males by the start of 2021
Matt Mazzeo is building a new startup - I do a product review of a hot new app that just launched a few weeks a few weeks ago called Roadtrip.
How to pick a good startup idea - 1,500+ words on how to evaluate a startup idea, including timing of the market, assets you have, and your obsession with the idea or market.
Assets over ambition - A post about how young ambitious people may not get the success they think they deserve. Not because they aren’t ambitious enough, but because they don’t build any assets
Listen to last week’s Forward Thinking Founders podcast:
221 - Sunday Roundup w/ Jake Chapman, Cofounder and MP at Alpha Bridge Ventures
219 - Albrey Brown (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion @ Airtable) On Allyship
218 - Nicholas Hinrichsen and Christopher Coleman (With Clutch) On Refinancing Your ...
217 - Jomari Peterson (Finite Games) On re-imagining Esports, Starting w/ Rock Paper S...
215 - Jonathan Siddharth (Turing) On Building Remote Development Teams