A Simple Way To Make Product Hunt More Honest

We’ve somehow reached a point where the star, multimillionaire, forward for the Knicks, is a user of Product Hunt. Carmelo Anthony, and other celebrities like Nas, are creating curated lists that Product Hunt promotes widely to the media, investors, and startup community

These lists are amusing to look at but, every single one of the celebrity lists promotes products they’ve personally invested in. I found myself asking these questions this morning.

1.) Did Carmelo Anthony actually write the endorsements for these products?

2.) Why are these products being endorsed?

3.) Is Carmelo Anthony already an investor in this product?

We can only guess when it comes to answers to the first two questions. It’s possible that Carmelo Anthony has all of these products on his home screen and he jotted down these personal recs before losing to the Orlando Magic last night. It’s also possible that the person managing his portfolio wrote all of them, and he did so because he wants to invest in them, or is in the process of investing, or there is some other ulterior motive we don’t know about. It’s a mystery and we can only guess about the first two questions but the third one is a fact and ProductHunt can do something to make things more clear.

What if ProductHunt were to display an investor icon in the same way it displays a ‘maker’ icon?

The current iteration of the ‘maker’ icon looks like this:

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An investor icon would blend in nicely:

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It’s a simple way to disclose and would, by no means, really say everything, but it’s a good start.

I tweeted this to @RyanHoover and thus far haven’t heard a response. Will update this post if I do.


@CodyBrown @ProductHunt hey Cody! Good idea and it could help us build a db of investors similar to makers.

— Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) November 13, 2014