Build your own "Ethan" app in under 5 minutes

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#4 Product of the DayOctober 22, 2014
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ethan@gliechtenstein · I made Textcast, Ethan, RubCam
Woooooooooah congrats @gozmike! I'm really flattered! Anway, too many people have been asking me about open-source so I will just share here: I know you guys really want to try Ethan out on your own and that was my original goal too! So I've been working on it days and nights (When I'm not texting). I will be announcing the open-source version of Ethan app, its admin interface, and the admin app in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! XOXO
Angelo Milanetti@angelomilan · UX Designer, Rivals
Lewis Lebentz@lewislebentz
@gliechtenstein @gozmike now I don't know whether to spend time implementing Ethanifier, or just wait for the official app!
Derek ShanahanPro@dshan · Three Hex, Cloud Unicorn
@gliechtenstein @gozmike All the things! Excited for the OS Ethan, and impressed with this build as well!
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@gliechtenstein Still waiting!!! :)
Alexis OhanianPro@alexisohanian · Co-founder, Initialized Capital, Reddit
This is getting meta and I love it.
Kevin HenryHiring@kevinleehenry · Founder, Accountable & Bolster
@alexisohanian yes. yes it is :)
Narek Khachatryan@narekk · Product Designer
This is a beautiful example of why Product Hunt is special.
Mike GozzoMaker@gozmike · Co-Founder & CTO at
hi everyone - amazing experience this morning. I'm at a tradeshow in vegas and published Ethanifier after losing 100$ on roulette then went to bed. Waking up this morning and seeing your reaction to this little project really made my day. I'm so happy you all like it as much as I liked experimenting with it. Feel free to reach out to me about anything here or over on twitter. Keep in mind this isn't meant to be a replacement for the broader service that @gliechtenstein is putting together, just a fun little demonstration of how you can build an app like this yourself fairly simply with my baby, :-)
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit

I knew you were up to something! 


Angelo Milanetti@angelomilan · UX Designer, Rivals
Hi @gozmike I just threw up this together: introducing... Barack. to extend the concept. What I like of Ethan is its pureness, and now people can build new things on top of it, thanks to Ethanifier. My vision for it is like "Charity dating" but via texting. It can use different models: pay monthly, pay once, in app purchases... with messaging daily limits. Or it can be used to ask questions to an advisor... like but via texting. I love the basic concept of Ethan. "Download my messaging app, you can contact me and only me" This gives instant authority like when you used to say "I'm a published author" or "I've my own website on the internet" haha would be great too see other hunters iterate on this :)
Mike GozzoMaker@gozmike · Co-Founder & CTO at
@angelomilan really interesting concept Angelo!
Angelo Milanetti@angelomilan · UX Designer, Rivals
@gozmike thanks!