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Ryan Hoover is the founder and original CEO of Product Hunt. Though he stepped down as CEO in October of 2020, Hoover can still be found on his website, various blogs, and on the backend of other investment-related ventures.
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Who is Ryan Hoover?

Ryan Hoover is a project manager from the Pacific Northwest. Hoover got his start in 2013 when he launched Product Hunt — a resource website that became an overnight sensation in Silicon Valley.

Since launching Product Hunt, Hoover has kept busy. He has launched several other projects over the years, including Ship, a toolkit that simplifies the development process for new product developers, and a mentor program that pairs industry experts with entrepreneurs. Most recently, Hoover was involved in developing YourStack, a social network aimed at connecting people with products.

Hoover served as the CEO of Product Hunt until October of 2020, at which point he stepped down and passed the reins to Josh Buckley. 

What is Ryan Hoover known for?

While Ryan Hoover has had a hand in the creation of multiple projects and startups, his most noteworthy accomplishment is the founding of Product Hunt. Product Hunt has been described as "Reddit for new products". Users can view and vote on product ideas submitted by other users. 

In this way, Product Hunt acts as an aggregator for new ideas, projects, and audiences. It gives entrepreneurs with lean resources a platform for expanding their audience and a chance to access funding that might otherwise have been out of reach.

Traction vs Technology: How does Ryan Hoover view the relationship between the two?

A common challenge for new tech startups is the relationship between traction and technology. Traction is the momentum needed to generate hype, an audience, and funding, while technology encompasses the skills, know-how, and ideas that a project is founded on. 

Ryan Hoover, who has not only worked with several startups but also watched countless new companies rise and fall, has noticed key trends in how founders view this relationship. In his experience, most new tech companies are built by people who just want to code great apps and services. 

However, for companies to thrive, founding coders need to step out of their comfort zones and into tasks like marketing, speaking to investors, and fostering growth. 

Hoover's advice: Spend less time coding and more time learning how to grow and maintain an audience.

Where can you learn more about Ryan Hoover?

Follow Ryan on Twitter, at @rrhoover and browse his semi-regular thought-pieces, over on Medium.

General FAQ

Who is Ryan Hoover?
Ryan Hoover is the founder and original CEO of Product Hunt. Though he stepped down as CEO in October of 2020, Hoover can still be found on his website, various blogs, and on the backend of other investment-related ventures.
What is Product Hunt?
Product Hunt is a social media platform for investors and entrepreneurs to post ideas and share feedback. It uses a voting system similar to Reddit’s, which helps surface ideas that have the potential to garner traction.
What is YourStack?
YourStack is one of the newest startups from Ryan Hoover and Product Hunt. Inspired by platforms like LinkedIn and Product Hunt, YourStack is a social media service where users can share, display, and discuss their favorite apps and products.
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