Siftery

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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
and for those of you who'd like a longer overview, I posted more about Siftery's story on Medium: https://medium.com/@auren/in-a-w...
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@auren I think it would be awesome to build (in the future) a bot for recommendations.... Text XXXXX 'What companies use HelpScout?' OR 'Alternatives to Optimizely' etc etc

Would be awesome :)
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@bentossell whoa ... that is actually an amazing idea. one could text or ask directly from slack or twitter. (or even from email if one was old school). this is definitely something I hope we can do in the future. anything to make the buyer experience better. thx!
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell you could see what companies use Help Scout right now -- https://siftery.com/help-scout
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@vammok @auren I know you can see it already, but it would just be a convenient way for people to look up stuff super quickly. Also a lot of companies are/and will be taking advantage of the increasing chatbots this year (check out this post by @chrismessina ) - it is a big movement and with all the amazing data you collect, it could be an amazing addition to your offering.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell this is certainly something we'll think about! a slack bot in the making, may be ;)
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@vammok yeah for sure, I think Slack should be first. I'd consider FB Messenger afterwards, after the increasing number of businesses joining here and their opening up of Chat SDK
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell interesting this...didn't have FB messenger down as something a lot of businesses use. i could see why though, almost everyone advertises on FB, might as well use it for other work needs.
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@vammok yeah likewise.... but having 800M users on your messaging platform, you can bet that businesses will take note. (or should!)
ryanmtaylor — CoFounder of AllTeamz.com
@bentossell @auren This! Please. We have an immediate need for this exact function. Looking for alternatives to XMatters and Pagerduy.
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@ryanmtaylor @bentossell we are working on a comparison feature and more advanced discovery that hopefully will help you. hope to ship in March.
ryanmtaylor — CoFounder of AllTeamz.com
@auren @bentossell I showed the product to a couple of folks and the consensus was it's a great tool. Now if we only had a place to discuss some of the features and implementations of these separate applications, it would have value far above what it already offers.
Sam Doshi — Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@bentossell @auren Have always wanted to peek into goings on at juggernaut startups. Interesting idea! When I used to sell enterprise software - I wanted to have something like this to share with my potential clients so that they can garner context and feel the safety in numbers... will keep this in my collection for sure.
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Kevin William David — Co-Founder, Walletkit
Been using siftery for almost a month now. Share what products your company uses and Siftery recommends you what products to use. You can check out the software products that Uber, Dropbox, Slack, Product Hunt, and 130,000 other companies use. Siftery also tracks over 5,000 software products with a list of companies that use them. For ex, Checkout what products Product Hunt uses, discover which companies use Google Analytics , explore products used by Unicorn companies and discover products used by portfolio companies of 500 Startups & Y Combinator.

I love their onboarding. You’ll need to login but it’s very slick. Once you click on a few products you use, you are navigated to your own page and their recommendation engine kicks in to suggest products based on what you already use.

P.S They have a huge database of products and now has become one of my hunting grounds to discover what products to hunt on Product Hunt :)
Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@kwdinc it looks awesome. how did you discover it?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
huge thanks for hunting us @kwdinc! six months in the making, we’re super excited to share Siftery with the Product Hunt community.

we created Siftery to make software discovery easier and more meaningful. over the last couple of years, we’ve been lucky enough to see the software-eats-the-world phenomenon unfold. even a small startup like ours uses over 60 different pieces of software to run the show today, so that’s something! many of these products weren’t our first choice though. we had to chop and change quite a few times to get to a stack that worked well and we were happy using. this was the case with our previous companies too and those of many of our friends. so we got thinking. in an era where trying out almost anything is free or cheap, why are so many companies wasting valuable time working with products that they ended up chucking?

turns out (this is our theory anyways), not enough companies start out with the right options in the first place. Siftery is our attempt at solving this. by making it easy for anyone to explore what top companies like Uber and Airbnb, or any other company like yours uses, we can get you started on the right track. the best part though is our recommendation engine that suggests software to you based on the exact products you use. the more products you enter, the better the recommendations for you and everyone in the Siftery (and Product Hunt) community. so all product hunters out there, do join the party!
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@vammok it is certainly a good place for companies to start looking, especially if they have no idea. Certain solutions work for certain companies so I like that their are recommendations of others similar.

How many software products are currently on Siftery?
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Kevin William David — Co-Founder, Walletkit
@_jacksmith They reached out to me a month back. 500 Startups invested in both our companies. Met the founders 2 years ago in a 500 startups event.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell right now we track around 5000 products. some of interesting ones you might want to check out profiles for would be Customer.io (https://siftery.com/customerio), Segment (https://siftery.com/segment), Greenhouse (https://siftery.com/greenhouse), Extole (https://siftery.com/extole), Influitive (https://siftery.com/influitive) and Culture Amp (https://siftery.com/culture-amp).
Pulkit Agrawal — Building Better Onboarding @trychameleon
@bentossell @vammok what would be cool for new companies starting out: add your product idea / customers etc. and get a list of key tools to start with for the relevant functions you'll have (e.g. an on-demand startup may use text messaging solution). You could even hack this together easily using a Typeform (which @trychameleon uses and is on Siftery!). That way you could tap into new startups and stick with them on their journey, and of course it saves a lot of time scrabbling around to find the best tool (which I often do on Product Hunt..!)
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@_pulkitagrawal this is a great idea Pulkit! if we'd given you a list of suggested products based on the nature of your business when you were just starting out, what other information would've made you trust this as good for you?
Pulkit Agrawal — Building Better Onboarding @trychameleon
@vammok well i assume i would have found Siftery first, because it was credible in this space and offered this service, and even if I did some of my own research afterwards, I can see it being a valuable service
Sam Doshi — Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@kwdinc cool thing about this is the instant context that it provides.. these days with the TMI overload that exists --- it's the curated web that allows us to make decisions --- curious how this will play out as the world get more and more complicated and curated sites themselves will need to be curated exponentially!
Chris Duell — Co-Founder, @elevioapp
This is a seriously cool product, I'm amazed how many tools are in the system, I'm not even sad that you guys are going to beat us to top position today by a mile (we made envisage).

You're getting a well deserved response from the community for a fantastic tool. Well done!
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@duellsy thanks for the kind words chris. just checked out Envisage, cool product. we're actually evaluating one like it right now!
Chris Duell — Co-Founder, @elevioapp
@vammok very cool, can I ask what tool you're currently looking at?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@duellsy we have Envisage/Elevio's profile here: https://siftery.com/elevio. add a few customers so it gets discovered?
Chris Duell — Co-Founder, @elevioapp
@vammok envisage is actually a tool that is part of elevio, so elevio is the main product
Amir Moin — Product Manager @Contify
This is a game changer. It's one of those ideas that you wonder why no one thought about before.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@amiranywhere thanks for checking Siftery out! do send ideas and feedback our way...
Eddie Siegel — CTO at TapFwd
I had a great experience with Siftery a few weeks ago. While I was filling out our company profile, Siftery suggested that we might be interested in MixRank. We were actually in the market for a tool to help with our sales outreach efforts, so the timing was great. I hadn't heard of MixRank, but I set up a demo based on Siftery's recommendation and it ended up being a really good fit for us. We also then went back to Siftery and used their database of products to find all of the relevant alternatives to MixRank so that we could make sure that we were making the right choice, and Siftery uncovered a bunch of alternatives that I hadn't found by googling and asking around. Ultimately we ended up signing up for MixRank, which I probably wouldn't have heard of if it weren't for Siftery's recommendation.

I'll definitely be coming back to Siftery in the future whenever I need to do this kind of product research.
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@siegeleddie that's an awesome story. really glad Siftery helped you find the right tool for TapFwd! and please keep sending us feature requests so we can continue to serve you.
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
I understand why you're doing this but as a user it's frustrating to visit a site with an immediate email paywall:

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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@rrhoover this is something that was very hotly debated internally. we ended up deciding on the login wall to make sure that our early users feel that they're participating in a two-way community, with every user investing at least a little. there are other parts of the site that are open though (groups, categories) and we plan to slowly open up as user group matures.
Joost Schuur — Product manager, Playmob
@vammok @rrhoover I was annoyed when I first saw this, but honestly, hearing that this was actually 'hotly debated' and that you still chose to go this route makes me even more disappointed. I would never link anyone to one of your pages if they knew they were greeted this way.
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@rrhoover the main goal of Siftery is to get product recommendations. and Siftery recommends products based on your stack. so we want to know what company a user is in so we can give them personalized product recommendations. of course, come to think of it, we might want to rethink the login wall on this page -- you make a good point. see our groups page (no login): https://siftery.com/groups/unicorns
Lex Evan — Senior Designer, Johnson & Johnson
building on @rrhoover, I'm even more hesitant to sign up with my work email.
Patrick Wang — accounts, livefyre
@vammok @rrhoover Understand the rationale but I think at least showing teaser data is worthwhile before the login wall. "Login to see the other 14 products used by PH"
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@junesix @rrhoover that's an interesting idea...we'll definitely think about this alternative. thanks!
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Ayan Barua — Cofounder, Siftery
@junesix Teaser data is in design right now :)
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
I love this idea and had one very similar while building Marketing Stack last year.

Obviously the team here have done a way better job then I could've.

@auren @ayanb @vammok where do you see this going?

How do you entice startups to add the products they are using? (whats the benefit for them?)

I love how you have "YC portfolio companies" collections etc.

Would be great to be able to see which admins added which products and which removed which. Example: If I didn't know Product Hunt ever used X, I could see if it was added by another member of the team and ask them if we did use it previously.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@bentossell the idea is very simple -- the more we know about what products a company currently uses, the better our recommendations are. so the benefit for a startup to sharing products they use is that they get to discover other products that are a great fit for them, and the whole community can dip into that knowledge as well. we don't currently display who added a product to their company (although we have verification mechanisms in place to ensure accuracy), but we do plan to, at a later point in time, facilitate networking around products as well.
Thanasis — thanasis
This is actually awesome! Its very interesting to see what other people use even more to see what big companies use! Is this a feature that @ProductHunt should consider ?😉 Nice job! @vammok @auren @ayanb
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@tnsrig we certainly were inspired a little by Product Hunt!
Thanasis — thanasis
@vammok Thats a very good thing!
Alex H — UX Designer
Love the idea and I love how it suggests apps that might be a good fit for your company based on what you already use. Sadly, Adobe Premiere is not in your database yet! I need to add that app! :D Great work so far and I can't wait to browse some other companies to see what they are using! This will be really helpful in making sure you have the proper training before walking into a job interview!
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@metalhaze awesome to hear that Alex! oh...here's Adobe Premiere (https://siftery.com/adobe-premiere). add away!
Somak Roy — Senior analyst, Forrester
How deep is your data? I'd assume that's what the recommendation system is based on?
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Ayan Barua — Cofounder, Siftery
@somak_roy Thanks for asking this question! We have on average about 11 products per company right now (and we have over 130,000 companies that we track). Some companies have over 100 products listed on Siftery. As we grow our user base, we hope to significantly add to the number of products we have for any given company. Our goal is to get every new user to Siftery to tell us 3-10 products that their company uses.
Eddie Siegel — CTO at TapFwd
@somak_roy I was pretty impressed by the quality of the data when I first played around with it. I basically never found a legitimate product that was missing from the database, and I also didn't find any of the normal cruft/bad data that you normally see in databases like this.
Shane Green — co-founder & ceo, personal.com
We started using it a month ago and think it is great. Kind of easy to just start browsing around without even an explicit purpose. One thing I'm sure is on the road map is a chance to better understand why certain decisions were made, including regrets/mistakes. Those can be just as enlightening (and might even point to a reason why you SHOULD use something that didn't work for someone else). Congrats on a great launch!
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@shanegreen one of the things we decided early on was to make it very easy for anyone to discover what other companies or companies like them are using. it's a personal curiosity that i've always had, and a lot of my founder friends seem to share this too. as you mention, knowing the 'why' behind decisions is also very interesting and this is something that we hope to roll into Siftery as we grow.
Alan Garrec — CoworkerCoffee.com
At first I thought it was a curated list of tools/services, but it's much more than that! Clearly a lot of work has gone into this, congrats to @vammok and the rest of the team.
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@alangarrec @vammok thanks! and please send us feature requests and suggestions.
Akshay Katyal — Co-Founder & CTO, Strike (getstrike.co)
I have been using Siftery for a couple of days and it is no doubt an amazing product!
Recommendations are very close to perfect. I just signed up for 2 products suggested by Siftery and deployed one of them in production! Great work by the team.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@mrdhat great to know you've found interesting products via Siftery!
Siddharth Arun — Principal Designer, HYPR
I love this idea and I've been using Siftery for a couple of weeks now. I build products for startups - and a platform like Siftery really helps me understand the softwares/services that other startups use. I can then recommend those to my clients and build around it. Very, very useful. And their onboarding process is brilliant.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@siddhartharun thanks much! anything else we can do to add more value to makers like you?
Danny Lowney — Growth ⛏@ Sup
This is wicked. Starting to have a play - thanks @vammok @auren @ayanb!
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@dannylowney thanks for trying it. and please definitely send us feedback.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@dannylowney what's a product if it's not fun ;)
Danny Lowney — Growth ⛏@ Sup
@vammok absolutely! Well done for smashing it on PH today! We're one behind at Sup ;)
Mikkel Ulstrup — Founder & CEO, ReCapted
Awesome! I've always wondered what other companies uses in their everyday life. Simple design and easy maneuverability.
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Ayan Barua — Cofounder, Siftery
thanks @mikkel_ulstrup! Huge shoutout to @jmsdono for his design chops.
Avinasha Shastry — Looking for the Next Big Thing!
This is a great idea! I recently built something similar but in the lines of what libraries do you use during development targeted towards developers. How did you get the initial data going? Did you scrape the web? Also how are you planning to monetize? Will you charge for leads? This looks super helpful to me as a seller.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@avishastry makers and sellers are an important part of the Siftery community but we do not plan on monetizing them or charging them. our goal is to eventually build premium tools for buyers and not ever take money from the seller. that way, we can make sure our recommendations are always seen as unbiased and in the best interest of the buyer.
Somak Roy — Senior analyst, Forrester
Do you envision Siftery as the definitive repository for all kinds of products, not just SaaS? I mean traditional enterprise business apps such as SAP, Oracle, Infor, and so on?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@somak_roy we certainly do! our fledgling community has already shared a lot of data not just about on-premise enterprise software products but also on services and marketplaces they use.
hannahbastian — Product Marketing, App Annie
Siftery looks really neat, way to go guys. In the past, I've used Gartner, Forrester and a few others to research vendors before. These market research companies have a reputation of being pay-to-play. Curious - how does Siftery decide which products and vendors show up on your site?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@hannahlbastian our mission at siftery is quite simple. we want to help businesses better discover and better buy software. and that means our recommendations not only have to be good but also be free of any bias. as the community shares more information about what they use and what doesn't work for them, we can do a great job on quality, automatically floating up good products.

and to remove any scope for bias, we'll never take money from vendors. there are companies out there who are more likely to recommend products that pay them, but we believe that this approach ultimately does a disservice to the company which buys the software.
hannahbastian — Product Marketing, App Annie
@vammok Thanks so much for the response, that's great to hear. I'm definitely in favor of a non-bias recommendation approach to allow for more organic discovery and product matches. Glad that Siftery supports this!
Nick Talwar — Creator, Keepsake
What software products did you use to create Siftery and what do you recommend other companies use?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@talweezy love the question Nick! we're a young startup, but we use over 55 products to run shop. here's a list, obviously, in the form of our company profile on siftery http://siftery.com/company/siftery. some of the products we love are Algolia (which powers all our search - http://siftery.com/algolia), Clearbit (whose awesome APIs we use to get company logos), InVision (we use this heavily to collaborate on design), Inspectlet (awesomest tool to see videos of users interacting on the site), and Gusto (which makes managing our payroll painless).
Leonel More — Ramping up 1950Labs
Great and very useful tool @vammok @auren @ayanb. I check Thoughtworks quarterly "radar" publication for new dev tools trends, but Siftery let me get an instant snapshot checking companies I respect.

Do you plan to add a follow feature? (so to be notified when a something changes for a specific company, etc)
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@leonelmore great to hear you like the Siftery experience. the follow feature is definitely on the roadmap!
Nacho Martinez — weew.ee Founder
This will be the analysis product that will use more since I found producthunt. It's great.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@nachobuey that's great to hear, thanks Nacho! siftery and Product Hunt serve two very different needs though.
Dimitri — Student, Harvard Business School
This will eventually become a whole new abstraction layer for building companies and impact VC just as AWS has changed the economics of building companies. Have you guys raised funding?
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@dadiomov would love to get more ideas and feedback from you Dimitri! stay tuned for a funding announcement soon...
Liora — Product Manager in Silicon Beach
I work at SaaS startup and it's really amazing how many of the tools we use are already listed on our profile by the Siftery Bot! What you've built is truly remarkable, really impressed by what I've seen in the short period of time I've been playing with it.
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Auren Hoffman — fmr CEO of LiveRamp
@liora_ thx! really glad you like it. let us know what features you'd like to make Siftery even more useful to you
agree this can be big - and any saas company will game their siftery index by distributing for free to a lot of companies - new kind of seo.

i personally would like an approach where people rate which of the 100 tools they pay for they couldn't actually live without.
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Vamshi Mokshagundam — Cofounder, Siftery
@uhrenbacher i agree that there's a chance companies will try to game the system. the way we float up products isn't just based on customers numbers though -- it also accounts for whether a product is a good fit with a company's existing stack. love the idea of marking out products that you can't do without, this is something we'll definitely think of adding to the product!
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