Announcing a $3M venture fund to invest in your next favorite thing.
Product Hunt started as a side project while I transitioned from another startup nearly 4 years ago. The goal was simple: I wanted to share and discover interesting new apps and products with friends.
I worked nights and weekends and friends joined to help build the community (of course, without them Product Hunt wouldn’t exist). Quickly and unexpectedly, Product Hunt became my life as it gained momentum and the opportunity became clear.
More than 30,000 entrepreneurs have launched their product on Product Hunt, leading to more than 100M product discoveries to date. It expanded from a simple email list among friends into a platform to discover awesome products and help makers reach an audience.
Product Hunt’s upbringing isn’t unique.
Some of the most transformational companies started as a side project driven by curiosity and an eagerness to build something new.
Right now, the next Facebook is being built on nights and weekends and its these curious, creative founders that I’d like to support. As Chris Dixon says:
What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next side project, I shared a few tips here.
Weekend Fund is a $3M fund to support founders at the earliest stages.
The fund is run off of AngelList’s new Angel Fund platform. They manage back office, legal, and many of the logistical headaches that go into setting up a venture fund at a fraction of the cost. While I’m biased, Angel Funds is a potentially great option for operator angels, people like me who work full-time at their startup.
If you’re interested in setting up an Angel Fund, email me and I’ll connect you with the right people.
Product Hunt remains my #1 focus, and like the startups I plan to invest in, this is my nights and weekend hustle.
Big thanks to the LPs supporting me and Weekend Fund’s portfolio founders. I’m thankful to have many great folks on-board from seasoned entrepreneurs to experienced investors to leaders in entertainment.
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P.S. If this announcement sounds familiar, you may have read Axios’ article from from a few weeks ago. Well played, Kia and Dan. 😊