History of Product Hunt - Product Stars
Best products of May 2018

History of Product Hunt

Learn community building from Product Hunt's example

Upvotes 881 PH Page >
Ruslan
Hunter
I'm a huge fan of Product Hunt and I love it! On weekend I came across this Academy and it has everything I wanted to know about the history of Product Hunt. Moreover, I never knew how far Ryan Hoover went to shape this community into what it is today. The format is quite new. Interactive, does not feel like a wall of text, structured into neat lessons. I had the pleasure of talking to the founder of AcademyOcean (the guys who made this product) and they surely grew their product since then and this Academy about Product Hunt just proves it.
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@ruslannaz we believe content shouldn't be a wall of text. That's why we love interactive academies : ) Thank you, Ruslan!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
Hey Product Hunt! Most new products today reach a point when they want to be featured on Product Hunt. Our product (AcademyOcean.com) is not quite there yet. Let me tell you why. About a month ago we started thinking about featuring AcademyOcean on Product Hunt. We read a dozen articles on how to do it properly and realized that we don't really know enough about Product Hunt and how it works. Some sections of the websites became a completely new discovery for us (like Time Travel, for example). That's when we thought: "How cool would it be to have an Academy about Product Hunt!" (our product helps other companies create Academies, so this is kind of our lens through which we looked at it). We contacted Ryan Hoover @rrhoover and shared our ideas. He said that topics like "How to launch your product on Product Hunt" have been covered over the top by now. Yet, he took notice of our idea of an Academy in which the history of Product Hunt would be told. We started working in that direction and in two weeks the Academy was ready. Ryan gave us some good feedback, suggested edits to the contents and said: "Overall very cool! The format is unique". This was great news, Ryan likes our work! Today we are proud to present you our Academy about the History of Product Hunt! We think it will be interesting not only to Product Hunt fans, but also to people who develop their own product or even just starting with an idea for a product. We took some great lessons out the history of Product Hunt for ourselves, especially the part that covers how Ryan build this awesome community around his new product. It's really something and could be valuable to anyone who is developing a new product. Whole AcademyOcean team hopes you enjoy your journey into the History of Product Hunt!
Fanny Berrington
It's unusual to see the history of Product Hunt in lessons, I was expecting a more "plain text" format, to be honest. Nevertheless, the academy is easy to read and process. Loved the quiz! How long did it take you to make this?
Tim Vlasenko
Maker
Hey, @anchalec84 glad you liked it! We spent about 10 days gathering the content and organizing it. This was the hard part. Deploying it into our Academy took around 2-3 hours, with coffee breaks :) Content is always the hardest part.
Eugene Lata
I found AcademyOcean useful for our content marketing efforts. And now it is so great to see the history of my favourite Product Hunt in so unusual format. Solid peace of content, guys!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@eugenelata thank you, Eugene!
Artem Borodatyuk
Nice stuff. Thank you!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@artem_borodatyuk thanks!
Pavlo Pedenko
Upvoted!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@graver_ua Thank you, Pavlo!
Roman Gluck
I used the academy when learning Planfix, i liked it for the simplicity and design. But my thought was can it incorporate some interactive practices and exercises - like in in this interactive book https://bureau.ru/books/fff/demo/15 Will Academy Ocean have similar features in the future? :)
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@roman_gluck thank you! I've saved your link, will definitely take a look tomorrow. Regarding the interactive practices and exercises - our focus in or Marketing and Customer Success first. So we are not promoting ourselves as a Learning Management System. But we do think that Gamification is a very powerful thing, so the the content in academies of our clients will be even more interactive and gamified soon. Think of it as Booking.com badges ; )
S O N A R
This academy looks nice, I even saved my certificate. My favorite colors, hehe. Why did you do it in the form of an academy rather than a post on Medium, for example? Maybe even a series of posts.
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@sonar000hz that's a great question. First, there are too many articles on the web already. And you don't know which one is good. Second, when you read an article - it is very easy to shift your attention from one article to another. Remember how people usually read Wikipedia, bouncing articles. Academy keeps you focused on what you are reading right now. So you get better results from this reading. Third, a plain article is much more boring. There is no interactivity, no step-by-step order, no gamification, etc. It is hard to engage your audience with just an article. Academy feels completely different : )
S O N A R
@vladimirpolo hm, never thought about it that way, thanks. Can I teach music with your academy?
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@sonar000hz yes you can. Our technology can be used in a number of fields. However, at this stage we are focused on helping SaaS companies build academies. Academies are used to boost SaaS marketing and provide better customer support.
Galina Divakova
That's a really cool idea. Congratulations on the launch!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@kengu_rut thank you, Galina!
David Braun
Great product. I know the founder and his passion about it. Have no doubts it's gonna dominate the market very soon.
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@david_braun thank you for the inspiration, David!
Galyna Pryhodko
Cool idea with the History of Product Hunt! Well done!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@galyna_prykhodko thanks, Galyna!
Celeste Henkelmann
This is great!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@celestehenkel thank you, Celeste!
Inna Okun
Did not find information about kitten. Where is his biography?
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@inna_okun that's a nice idea, Inna. Maybe in the next course ; )
Matthieu de Luze
I was looking for something with a lot of details and I found this course very pleasant to read. Congrats on crafting it 👍 Do you plan on updating it along PH's journey?
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@matthieudeluze yes, we do have plans to update the academy with at least one course. Comments like yours make us feel that we need to add the next course sooner : )
Matthieu de Luze
@vladimirpolo Super happy to know that you are going to update it 🤗
Davis Baer
Very cool @vladimirpolo! Academy feels like somewhat of a hybrid between Medium and Google Docs. Would you say that's a fair assessment? The $300/mo price tag is going to be pretty hard to swallow for most startups though :-/ Also, cool to read more of your story @rrhoover
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@daviswbaer we are inspired by medium's text layout. And our team uses Google Docs every day : ) I would say that an Academy lays between Ebooks and LMS, but we use none of these two terms when talking about AcademyOcean. Please take a look at this table - http://img.academyocean.com/vod/1c6x7-2018-04-23_17.17.00.png or this article about why companies need to stop creating whitepapers and ebooks - https://medium.com/marketing-and-entrepreneurship/7-reasons-you-need-to-stop-making-whitepapers-d0e64b6d943 Thank you for your feedback about the price!
Simona Yordanova
It is really useful, in my point of view. My admirations for the work that has been done here.
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@sasiyordanova thank you, Simona! And thank you @timvlasenko : )
Svetlana Shevchuk
Genius! Great job, guys!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@svetlana_shevchuk thanks, Svetlana!
Ali Dagli
Guys this is so good and provides incredibly valuable insights for the sector !! I love the layout... please keep it steady with history of other successful companies... I am a fan already and will follow.
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@ali_dagli what we offer as a SaaS (AcademyOcean.com) is we help companies to create academies about them. So they can explain their customers and potential customer HOW and WHY to use their products. Some of our clients also add their history into academies. Ali, thank you for the idea of creating academies about other companies! We need to think about it.
Ayush Chandra
Great job!! 😊 Will check it out
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@ayush_chandra thanks!
Vishal Joshi
Very interesting use of this tool. Academy looks great we will consider using it for our product training at Joy!
Vladimir Polo
Maker
@vishaljoshi thank you Vishal! When you are ready to see more about AcademyOcean - just ping me via skype (v.polonik).
null