Going from Product to Investor — an AMA with Ryan Hoover

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Ever wonder how to make the transition from successful product operator and entrepreneur to VC? We're pleased to host a conversation between Hustle Fund's Elizabeth Yin and Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt (acq by AngelList) in an AMA format. 

-What makes for a good product? 

-How much does he care about product in evaluating companies? 

-What tips does he have for product leads in becoming investors? 

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Ryan Hoover started his career in the gaming industry as a product manager. His fascination with technology and behavioral psychology led him to help write Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, before founding Product Hunt, the global launchpad for makers and startups. The company raised capital from Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and others before it was acquired by AngelList. He and Vedika Jain now run Weekend Fund, an early-stage fund with investments in Deel, MainStreet, Mindbloom, Voiceflow, Magic, MoonPay, and more.

Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs.  Previously, Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator.  In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014).  Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

 

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