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What the world’s most influential founders are writing about

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#5 Product of the WeekSeptember 02, 2016
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Dan Edwards@de · Designer
Lovely work and I love the idea! It would be great to see a bit more diversity. 90% of the people you've included are white dudes. ✌️
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@de yeah would love to know the current diversity split and plans for expansion here. Love the idea here :)
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@de thanks for pointing it out, Dan, this is totally spot on and helpful. We asked our audience and let them decide the names but definitely starting to improve the list based on your feedback. super appreciated 👌
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
thanks @bentossell, happy to hear if any more thoughts or suggestions as well!
Dan Edwards@de · Designer
@meseali That's great to hear 😊
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@de 🙌
Kevin William DavidHiring@kwdinc · Community @Siftery. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@kwdinc oh yes! this helps a lot. thanks for the huge support as always, Kevin!
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@de Thanks so much for pointing that out Dan...because not one black person made this list that looks like me, and they "traveled the whole world" in search of founders and entrepreneurs. I love the product hunt community!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@nicholassheriff thanks for pointing it out again, Nicholas! We're working on it, also really appreciate the links you dropped below. If there're other specific names you'd like to see on the list, pls drop them as well. thanks!
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@meseali Pretty sure I'm crying right now at 5am telling my imaginary son...see it's getting better, you guys are amazing! This is how it starts :D ..upvoted!
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@de you beat me to it. This list completely ignores all the amazing women and POC in startups. See @helena's Techies Project and if you need inspiration for more folks in tech, take a peek at our LIVE Chat guests.
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@rrhoover @de @helena Love the concept here, but going to echo the need for more diversity on it. I suggest drawing some inspiration from the great lists that are out there of female, non-white, non-tech, and outside-SV founders. Check out @arlanwashere and what she's doing with her new projects; some great ideas for diversity there. :) Otherwise, looking forward to seeing this expand to include a whole host of new people!
Maria Salamanca@mariasalamancam · Associate, Unshackled Ventures
@rrhoover It's great to see this be something everyone thinks about now, slowly but steady progress in the right direction.
Evan Kimbrell@evankimbrell · Founder, Sprintkick
@meseali @de You should add like an affirmative action filter to your poll results
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
Hey guys! Super excited to get this out the door today! If you're anything like us and simply can't get enough of their essays, hopefully you'll find this tool useful. Of course huge thanks goes to @thisissethsblog @mcuban @rrhoover @fredwilson @ev @chrismessina @sacca @brian_chesky @biz @joelgascoigne @sivers @davemcclure @dhh @randfish @awilkinson @scottbelsky @sarahtavel @msuster @benedictevans @mgsiegler @james_clear @ericries @jason @davemorin @vanschneider @paulg @jasonfried @cdixon @caterina @ftrain @nireyal @bfeld @andrewchen @saranormous @natekontny @garyvee @dharmesh @levie @benchestnut @kevinrose @joshelman @sama @hunterwalk @danielle_morrill @stewart @bhorowitz for inspiring us with their awesome writing! ⚡️🔥 Also want to thank the awesome team behind it, especially @andrewjaustin @charlesdeluvio @shaunroncken @timswn💪 Please let us know what you think (any other name you'd like to see on the list? suggestions to improve the diversity? list expansion, etc.) 🙌
Kevin William DavidHiring@kwdinc · Community @Siftery. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
@meseali Nice work. Great way to keep up with their writing. Just signed up! Would love to see @jaltucher @hnshah @NeilPatel @howardlindzon @robgo @om @satyap @jeremyliew @subes01 @stevenlevy @timoreilly on the list!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@kwdinc great names! thanks for the suggestion Kevin, noted all 🙌
Yvo Schaap@yvoschaap · CTO / Entrepreneur / Developer
Pretty design!
Nandini Jammi@nandoodles · Growth @ ProdPad
@meseali @kwdinc Hey I would love to see @simplybastow on this list! ProdPad + MindTheProduct co-founder. Generally also a badass lady writing about product strategy, startups and prod mgmt.
Robleh Jama@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@meseali 👏🏾 Congrats Ali and Crew! Looks like another solid side-project! I'm really finding services that curate the type of content I like super useful. Some interesting examples recently that I've been digging are Hash (news), Hyper (video) and this falls in that category for me under writing.
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@yvoschaap thanks, Yvo!
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@charlesdeluvio @mikaelcho @shaunroncken @meseali @andrewjaustin…wondering why this list proclaiming to be a collection of “the world’s most influential founders and entrepreneurs” is severely lacking diversity! Once again it’s a list founders and entrepreneurs who look like me aren’t allowed to be on. …you know for one Tristan Walker The 25 Most Influential African Americans In Technology http://www.businessinsider.com/m... The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology http://www.businessinsider.com/i... 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology http://www.theroot.com/articles/... 50 Most important African Americans In Technology Bios http://www.blackengineer.com/eve... 20 Notable Black Innovators In Tech http://mashable.com/2013/02/03/b... They’re are so many of us globally, given that you traveled the world for all of these people and not even one black male or female founder/entrepreneur, who have been severely under-represented, made this list.
Ben Lang@benln · Spoke
@meseali very impressive, congrats Ali!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@nandoodles @kwdinc @simplybastow thanks Nandini, working on it!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@benln thanks Ben!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@ronnhere thanks, Ranit, all noted!
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@robjama pretty interesting examples actually, love the Hash especially
Tom Whatley@thetomwhatley
I hope you guys never stop making cool sh*t. One area I would love to see is an "up & coming" type category. Those who are just getting their footing, writing about their journey and sharing their lessons. Think Alex Turnbull of Groove when he first started blogging about his journey :).
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@thetomwhatley thanks for your encouraging comment, Tom 👊 OK, noted, actually this reminds me we wanted to have a similar section at the beginning of the project but it got off the radar somehow. Will get our hands back on it 👍
Fred Rivett@fredrivett · Co-founder UserCompass.com & @wecontrast
Dang this is cool 👀 We've all seen how popular curation is to Product Hunters. Heck, even this site itself is built upon the foundation of curation. Often I see replica sites spin up with little differentiation, stash this, stack that, but this, for me at least, is a new spin on keeping up with the writing of some of the most influential founders about. No surprise here that the folks at Crew are behind this. Ali wrote a post that really resonated with me almost a year ago now, "Side Project Marketing Is The New King". He's totally right, and the team at Crew know it. https://medium.com/swlh/side-pro... Great job guys 🙌
Ali Mese
Maker
@meseali · http://growthsupply.com/
@fredrivett oh man, seriously, you guys are so supportive - huge thanks from all of us at Crew! Glad that post resonated with you by the way. Thanks for taking time to give this feedback, really appreciate it
Fred Rivett@fredrivett · Co-founder UserCompass.com & @wecontrast
@meseali I like creative ways at solving problems from different angles. This is a cool way to keep up to date with the industry leads, your stuff always inspires me on the side project marketing front. Keep it up 👊
Vivek Sancheti@evivz · Co-Founder DocsTub.Com
Am I the only one who feels that blue color is overriding and itching?
Dhruba Adhikari@acpmasquerade · Product Director, Picovico
@evivz Yes, why so blue ?