Product Hunt Roundup (Week of July 13th, 2020)

Virtual schools, Zoom add-ons, and better business schools

For those who don’t want to scan every product launch of Product Hunt, don’t worry. I do, and I include the most interesting potential venture scale startups here, with bullets on why I think they could be be big.

Top 3 potential venture scale products

Virtually - A modern, fully-customizable solution for teaching online. Live conferencing, payment-processing, and student management brought together in one place.

  • Right now, courses are very popular whereas consulting is not. Yet, courses are pre-recorded consulting sessions. Virtually allows creators to create schools and teach the classes live, seamlessly. It’s an effortless merge of consulting and courses.

  • As you all know by now, I am very bullish on the creator market. More and more people want to teach online, and virtually will introduce a brand new format.

  • Virtually is currently a startup in the S20 batch of Y Combinator

Macro- Macro is a customizable meeting interface built on top of Zoom,
reimagined for collaboration and inclusive conversations

  • Where many companies are trying to compete with Zoom head on, they underestimate the challenge to just get video to work all the time. This is an underestimated element Zoom.

  • Macro instead is betting on Zoom, augmenting it, and maybe it 10x more powerful than it would be without it. Includes features people wish Zoom had.

  • I expect Zoom to have massive success, which Macro will be able to hold onto. Although a contrarian move to build on top of Zoom, I think it will pay off for them.

Brunchwork  - Learn from top business leaders, expand your network, understand market trends, and build your business acumen.

  • On the surface, this feels like it’s trying to copy YC. Look a little deeper and it’s actually a pretty badass way for people to understand what’s going in tech/startups. I think the best audience for this will be MBA types trying to understand tech

  • They have very well known names as a part of it like Andrew Yang, Trevor Blackwell, Arlan Hamilton, and many more. So clearly this has won over the trust of many insiders

  • They seems to be positioning themselves like a school, yet they aren’t using. messaging that reflects that. I like that. I feel like this will be a big company. I don’t know anyone inside of it, but I just have a feeling.

Honorable mentions

Projector - From live presentations to Instagram stories, Projector gives you the creative power to captivate an audience — no design skills required.

Vox -Vox lets anyone record voice messages for you online through their desktop or mobile browsers. 

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Listen to last week’s Forward Thinking Founders podcast:

242 - Hayoung Park (HYP) On Exclusive Product Release Auctions (Drops)

241 - Ara Ghougassian (Fluent) On Language Learning in the Browser

240 - Marlon Wayne (Impulse) On Social Ecommerce + Consumer Insights

239 - An Early Bet On Anisha Sunkerneni

238 - Adam Moelis (Yotta Saving) On Incentivizing Good Save Habits With a Lottery

237 - Sebastian Jimenez (Rilla) On Voice Analytics For Brick And Mortar Stores

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