by Jakob Greenfeld
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This is *awesome*. If you need a business idea, go here.Andrew Wilkinson Co-founder of Tiny Capital
This could be a game changer for the SaaS ideation problem.Charles-Eugène Loubao Solo SaaS Founder
This is amazing thanks for creating.James Morgan Investor. Growth @ Proof (YC W18)
I find it quite great! To the point where I dont want you to launch it and have it exclusive. So guess thats a good sign.Patrik Winkler Solo Founder
"One of the things I have been thinking about and haven't really executed but I think I would if I were starting today is that there is all these cool products that are on Product Hunt. Every day you think "that's cool". But most of them fizzle.
Sometimes they fail to catch and didn't go viral, but a lot of the time it's started by a developer and the developer doesn't understand how to market and grow something. So what I was thinking is that it would be smart to go through product hunt, go back 6 months, and just look at the coolest shit that came out. And then start approaching all these developers and say: "look I give you 5 grand".
And to them, they're like "This is useless to me, I've already shut it down, I don't want to pay for hosting". But for you it could be a 5 million dollar business."
- Andrew Wilkinson on the My First Million podcast.
The Product Explorer dataset allows you to explore the patterns behind successful product launches.
What kind of tagline do the most popular products use? When do they launch? How exactly do they position themselves?
There are thousands of products that launch successfully each year. But only a small percentage of them tends to stand the test of time.
Using the Product Explorer data you can analyze what kind of products still strive years after the launch and which ideas get abandoned quickly.
Marc Andreessen once observed that "there are no bad ideas. There are only early ideas."
Our database includes hundreds of products that got a lot of attention when they launched but are already dead now. Maybe now is the right time to revive them?
"There are tremendous opportunities to be found by sorting through dead, expired, or abandoned projects. Maybe the creator got bored? Maybe they moved onto bigger and better things? Perhaps they were great at building and bad at selling?" - Chris Bakke
"Free apps and web extensions are perfect buys for beginners. They hit all of these criteria and you can usually get them for little money because the owners aren’t making substantial income off them. [...] Another bonus: the owners are often individuals or tiny companies that built the software as a side project. Because the asset is not their main focus, they’re more likely to let it go."
- Nathan Latka in How to be a Capitalist without any Capital
The Product Explorer makes it easier to find promising extensions and apps that you can acquire at a great price. For example, you can specifically search for extensions with lots of positive reviews and active users that haven't been updated in the last twelve months. (This is potentially a sign that the developers behind it are no longer fully committed and hence don't see it as a valuable asset.)
All product launch data is filterable by the current status of the product's website.
This makes it easy to find projects that once got a lot of attention but then fizzled out.
Using the Product Explorer it's easy to filter the datasets by tags.
This is useful, for example, if you're just interested in, say, web apps.
The extension datasets can be sorted by the number of ratings and filtered depending on the average rating.
This makes it possible to find popular extensions with shortcomings that provide an opportunity for alternative products.
The Chrome extension and WordPress plugin datasets can be filtered by the date of the last update.
This allows you to find projects that are no longer a priority for their developers.
For all projects that launched on Product Hunt (currently ~20,000) and Indie Hackers, detailed domain information are included.
For example, you can sort the projects by estimated web traffic numbers or the strength of the domain.
Projects that launched on Product Hunt can also be filtered by their funding status.
This makes it easier, for example, if you're just interested in indie projects that received no external funding.
Another useful feature is that information on the makers of a project (Twitter account, personal website) are included in the database.
This way you can immediately contact a maker if you're interested in her project. (Currently, this data is only provided for projects that launched on Product Hunt.)
For Product Hunt projects, there is also, whenver it exists, a link to the Wayback machine snapshot at launch date.
This allows you to analyze what a project looked like when it launched. (It's also helpful for finding contact information for abandonded projects.)
Do I need programming skills to use the Product Explorer effectively?
No. All data is made available through Airtable and thus it's easy to create, for example, custom filters.
Is the data always up-to-date?
No, all data is cached. Product Explorer is a research tool, not a monitoring tool. For most use-cases it won't make a big difference if, for example, a Chrome extension has 271 or 273 reviews. However, if you have a particularly time-sensitive use-case, Product Explorer is probably not the right tool for you.
How often is the data updated?
Currently, all data sets are updated once a month. This should be sufficient for most use-cases. But if you have a use-case that requires more frequent updates, please reach out and we'll probably be able to work something out.
What about data on X?
No data set is ever complete and there is a lot of information that potentially could be useful but is currently missing. But as an early customer you have a big say in the Product Explorer's further development. You can help by sending us a description of your use-case and by suggesting new features.
Can I get a refund?
Yes, of course. If you're not satisfied, you get your money back. No questions asked. (But of course, we'd love to hear what you didn't like about it since we're committed to making Product Explorer as useful as possible.)
Will more data be added in the future?
Yes, one of the main goals during the next months is to add more long-tail data. And as an early supporter you can help to decide what kind of data should be a priority.