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For those who don’t want to scan every product launch of Product Hunt, don’t worry. I do, and I include the most interesting potential venture scale startups here, with bullets on why I think they could be be big.
Top 3 potential venture scale products
Tap - QR based operating system for drinking fountains
The founder, Samuel Ian Rosen, founded Makespace previously, which raised $87M. Tap currently has 3 followers on Twitter, so this is a gem in plain site.
QR codes are a hit in China, so I am confident they will catch up here, especially now that iPhones can registers them automatically.
Y Combinator added a Request For Product 3 years ago. The category? Water.
Time Lines - Making time zone conversions and comparisons easy
Beautiful app, which is needed as they are a targeting consumers and need a great UX to get the critical scale needed to be venture scale.
As remote work continues to grow, people will realize that time zones are insane to work with, and a billion dollar product will be built solving the problem.
The moat is that people can’t leave because their whole team will be on it. Could have the Slack effect. Also, every other product in this space has .001% market share each. There’s room to run.
Troav - Get paid for investing in the future of ownership
There was VC appetite for this concept with Omni, which failed. But maybe these founders can learn what went wrong and try again a different way.
Millennial and Gen Z don’t want to own more, and I feel like there is a more a trading/renting culture with the rise of the internet
The founders all go to Harvard, and the company was founded in its innovation lab. And the founders are developers, not MBAa.
Bard - A place for readers to discover content and support writers
Journey App - Social network that pushes you toward your goals
Here are a few posts I think you will like that are free/open now, but will be behind the paywall starting on June 1st.
And many more….