Nathan Baschez has worked in product roles at Substack, Gimlet, and General Assembly. He founded a company aimed at reinventing books, called Hardbound and co-created Product Hunt.
He wrote about his early startup experiences in the 2011 post Advice I’d give my younger self.
In December, 2019, he launched the Divinations Newsletter. Divinations is a newsletter on business strategy featuring original essays that explore classic frameworks from thinkers like Christensen, Porter, and Helmer, and use them to understand today’s most important technology and media companies.
In April, 2020, he decided to join forces with Dan Shipper and create the Everything Bundle. In the three days since they launched the bundle, they added 180 new subscribers. He wrote more about the concept at Bundle Magic. He and Dan also run the Talk Therapy podcast, where they discuss what happens when two friends start a business.
In May, 2020, he hit hit 6k emails and $50k ARR for the newsletter.
In May, 2015 he quite working at General Assembly to explore new ways of creating ebooks. His vision? Creatingoriginal, compelling books that are designed for your phone.
They formally launched the project in September at Introducing Hardbound: A new form of media — designed for your phone. By November, Hardbound had 100k unique readers and 5 million pages read. Later in November, they introduced “The Nightcap”—a quick, visual summary of the most important / fascinating news that happens every day.
In 2017, he participated in the Techstars Boulder seed accelerator program. This led to a new focus for Hardbound books, where they created 5-minute, illustrated stories based on the most fascinating books in business, history, and science.
In June, he stopped working on the project due to lack of funds.
He shared more about behind the scenes at:
- A letter to those considering becoming a Hardbound Patron
- How We Make Hardbound Stories: Lessons learned from the frontiers of mobile storytelling
- Is Hardbound “horrible for society”? A letter to those who think we’re making the world dumber
Nathan helped Ryan Hoover build and grow Product Hunt. He wrote about the process at The Origin of Product Hunt.
Nathan was the VP Product at Substack for 1 year. In May, 2019, he decided to leave.
Nathan was the product Manager at General Assembly from –
He was employee #2 at Olark live chat from May 2011 – Oct 2012. He lead the team building Chat Console, the first in-browser interface for the customers to talk to their web visitors.