Product Hunt hunters analyzed

Exploring the insiders in the startup scene

Only live to the public for 100 days, Product Hunt is already bolstering an impressive affluent user base. Launched initially as a 20-minute MVP by Ryan Hoover (ex-PlayHaven, Startup Edition) and further developed into an actual product together with Nathan Bashaw (General Assembly), its user engagement and traction show they are on to something.

Their invite-only system has grown a user base featuring a who’s-who of the startup tech scene. Well known investors, founders, journalists, and developers are all hanging around.

My everlasting interest into the startup scene sparked me to look more close into these so-called tech insiders. A quick crawl of the site pulled in all 636 contributors, whom posted a total of 1571 products since October ’13.

By matching up their Twitter username with the Twitter API, I was able to pull in more profile details like location and Twitter reach.


Instead of doing a lenghty write up of my findings, I've coded up a leaderboard that will update every 12 hours.

I ranked the most influental people who contributed at least one product on Product Hunt by their Twitter follower count:

Ashton Kutcher doer 15,674,053
Kevin Rose Partner, Google Ventures 1,447,113
Tristan Walker 2,79,690
Brad Feld Managing Director, Foundry Group 162,671
Johnny Shahidi Co-Founder, Shots 141,352
Hiten Shah Founder, KISSmetrics 141,192
MG Siegler 139,271
Nihal Fares Co-founder & Chief Product at Eventtus 100,937
Fred Oliveira Head of Product, Disruption Corp 59,428
Hunter Walk Partner, Homebrew 57,575

If we look at the site's activity, these hunters have most reach:

Ryan Hoover Product Hunt / Tradecraft 948 #77
Murat Mutlu Co-Founder, Marvelapp 653 #44
Jonno Riekwel Product designer, Jonnotie 438 #48
Dave Ambrose Venture Investor 353 #38
Kevin William David CEO,WalletKit 342 #42
Adam Kazwell Product Manager 342 #40
Robert Shedd Founder 334 #34
Geoffrey Weg Independent 313 #23
Nathan Bashaw Product Manager at General Assembly 298 #37
James Mundy Founder, Foundbite 277 #2

Follow all these hunters with this Twitter list. If there is an interest I'll add some more features to the leaderboard.

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