During my trip to NYC I swung into betaworks HQ to meet a few distant, product hunting Twitter friends in the flesh. Matt Hartman (Investments at betaworks), Maya Prohovnik (Community at betaworks), and Brian Donohue (Builder at Instapaper) join me to chat about emojis, GIFs, podcast apps, and also surprised me with a 3D printed Ryan. Looks just like me! Listen in.
I recently visited the colorful, graffiti-filled TechCrunch headquarters to chat with the tech publication’s Susan Hobbs, Sarah Buhr, and Kyle Russell. We chatted about a wearable smart ring, an app to command your friends, and a fun TapTalk meta game Susan and I play named #tapwhere. Listen in.
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I’ve been a long-time fan of TWiT and the network Leo Laporte and team have created. Last month I hopped on Amber MacArthur and Sarah Lane's The Social Hour, to chat about Product hunt and tech products. Here it is:
I know you’re probably sick of me talking about TapTalk but here’s a fun meta game you might enjoy playing. It all started when my friend, Susan, sent me a tap from the peninsula, asking, “where am I?” Later we named it #tapwhere.
How to play:
Aim your camera at something recognizable but not too obvious (remember, the map might provide a clue)
Tap the recipient to send your #tapwhere
Wait for their response… if they can’t identify the location, be kind and give them a hint
If your #tapwhere buddy guesses correctly, they’re awarded invisible cool points (hooray!)
Start over at step 1 when you change locations
Onno and the TapTalk team probably didn’t anticipate #tapwhere. It’s interesting to see what behaviors emerge from social applications like TapTalk and how they might influence future iterations of the product or entirely new app experiences.
I’m curious if any others are playing TapTalk meta games. If so, let me know at @rrhoover or tap me (I’m rrhoover).
On my trip to NYC last week, I swung into Brooklyn to record another episode of PHR with the awesome Alexis Ohanian (Co-founder of reddit, Partner at YC) and Amanda Peyton (Co-founder of Grand St.). We chatted about reddit’s upcoming (and long-overdue) mobile app, crack for beards, and the future of Product Hunt over an eclectic sampling of scotch. Listen in!
Before Product Hunt, I occasionally browsed AngelList, hunting for new startups for fun. As a long-time fan, I’m honored to have Naval Ravikant (Co-founder, AngelList) and Joshua Slayton (Venture Hacker, AngelList) on the show. We chatted about what AngelList really is, time-saving apps, and a few crazy products you wouldn’t believe exist.
I’ve been a huge fan of This Week in Startups since the first episode, more than four years ago. When Jason Calacanis asked if I would come on the show, my response was obvious. We chatted about the backstory of Product Hunt, its future, and of course, products.
Honestly, the whole thing was kind of surreal. Thanks for the opportunity, Jason. :)
This week I, Ryan Hoover, visited the colorful Homebrew headquarters to catch up with Hunter Walk and Satya Patel. We chatted about their latest portfolio addition, the qualities they look for in a founder, and the awesomeness of “crazy” products like Vessyl and Yo.
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