Product Hunt Weekly Digest
June 27th, 2021

A new app from Justin Kan
Build habits together

“I think of habit formation as filling a bucket one drop at a time. Building that infrastructure, rather than building yourself up.”

That’s what Twitch co-founder Justin Kan told us about his approach to building healthy habits.

If you have trouble with habits, you’re not alone. It’s a common topic of discussion we see in the Product Hunt community and we all have our own stories to tell. Kan’s story included hitting a rock bottom moment and looking to exercises in meditation to find his way to his way out.

When he was worried he’d fail, he turned to Twitter and asked his followers to help keep him accountable — a kind of building in public, only building on your self infrastructure. That started his journey to launching Kin, a social habit-forming app.

“I've been on a quest to improve my mental and physical well-being so I can present the best version of myself to the people around me. Amongst other things, this quest led me to start building Kin with @amittm, @damienkan, and @omarjalalzada.”

Kin’s goal is to help you create long-lasting changes and the makers have wrapped their learnings so far into the app, building off of concepts like breaking down your habits and even self-acceptance. Along with tracking, Kin bakes in accountability with chats and courses to help you learn about habit formation.

We spoke with Jalazada and Kan last week on Twitter Spaces to learn from their expertise on building habits. Here's a snippet from one of our favorite user-submitted questions.

Q: “Working at a startup can be extremely difficult and can take a toll mentally and physically. What should you do to not get burned out?”

A: “Developing some sort of ritual is key to bringing you some peace. If there’s no framework for you to hang on to, the energy of your environment is going to consistently pull you around. There’s a general tendency to believe “This person meditated or is working out, so if I meditated I will feel happier." BJ Fogg has a pretty good framework to identify your own aspirations. An example: You might be really into a particular sport or your kids. Spending 10 minutes with those might be a lot more beneficial to your mental well-being and physical well-being.” - Omar Jalazada, cofounder of Kin

You can also read our interview for more about habit formation from Jalazada and Kan here.

HIGHLIGHT

Last month we wrote about an influx in community tools focused on giving creators one spot to manage their content and businesses, and a bigger slice of their own pie.

Yesterday, Spore threw its hat in the ring. Spore is an all-in-one place for creators — from podcasters to writers — to managed their content and get paid for it. Early adopters (and investors) include Justin Kan and Josh Constine.

In terms of differentiation, maker Antonia Gary Jr. said: “Community is an area we prioritize but our overall focus is on giving creators ownership over their entire brand.”

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At the beginning of the month, we introduced our latest online hackathon, Makers Festival - Green Earth edition. Then you submitted your products — innovative ideas for making an impact across areas of sustainability, climate change, and more.

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