Personally I'm really excited about Composer. So many implications...
- What does this mean for Evernote?
- Can Dropbox pull off a new product without prior traction? Mailbox seems to have generally worked out OK, but what's happened to Carousel?
- Will messaging inside of Dropbox a valuable angle on collaboration and if so, will anything happen between Dropbox and Slack?
- What will this mean for Dropbox's relationship with Microsoft?
- Who will Dropbox acquire next? They have files, mail, notes...seems like a modern Exchange.
Not only is Product Hunt important because of the visibility it provides to new products (and entrepreneurs), but also because it's arguably the most dense collection of high quality discussions about product development decisions. Notably, Ryan and his team have managed to accomplish this without being unnecessarily exclusive.
This is tremendously valuable for the technology community.
I appreciate that, Jason. I hope Product Hunt can help both large VC-backed startups and some kid that built a cool product, get the attention they deserve. It's early but we're seeing examples of this already. It's exciting.
I hope Product Hunt can help both large VC-backed startups and some kid that built a cool product, get the attention they deserve.
There's a huge opportunity for you to do that, but only if you open up participation. Because submissions and comments are limited to a few users, the kid with a cool product will only get eyes on it if she gets the right person's attention, which defeats the purpose.
According to Foursquare's co-founder Dennis Crowley, as quoted by TechCrunch, the service saw 5 million checkins per day as of Feb. 2013. But that was the same as per-day checkins as the previous year. Flat growth to me, especially in their space.
The rest, and a fairly critical piece of my statement, about checkins moving to Facebook and Path I admit wholeheartedly was anecdotal and speculative.
Admittedly I don't check in often. I use Path / Facebook for this now.
Trey Titone suggested in the comments on the post that if Foursquare could do frictionless sharing with the app running in the background, maybe they could get more checkin data. But I think the battery constraints / privacy concerns are too high, at least in the next 18-24 months, for people to opt in for this without getting much product value.
Battery life will get better, apps will be more battery-efficient, and privacy concerns tend to fade away. But frictionless checkins don't seem highly compelling to me from the user point-of-view for people to make the necessary sacrifices that adoption would demand.
I'm curious what others think about this. I'm a fan of Foursquare and their team and hope I am wrong about this. I'm also confident they will still have a large exit.
That being said, without a product hook that's very engaging, I think it's hard to build a local ads business, which is what I think Foursquare sees as its revenue stream. Do people see Foursquare differently, as say, an ecommerce company? Do they even need a growing product hook to build a good local ads business?
Having a large exit, and building a vastly profitable business are 2 different things. The former relies on the existence of the greater fool, while the latter actually depends on nailing the business fundamentals. Sadly.. I'm confident there will be a greater fool here too :)
I'm curious about their hand-holding UX approach. It worked for me. But I don't know if it's something that helps most users, or just gets in the way. Would be great to be able to A/B test something like this on mobile.
There are definitely a lot of negative reactions to the queue.
However, it's more the new user experience once you actually have access that's building love. Naturally, waiting doesn't build love. Maybe some excitement, but also some animosity as we saw in this case. But if you can drive the excitement as they did for some people, but most importantly capitalize on the hype when people are actually using the app for the first time...that's when you build love IMO.