Early adopter is an individual or business who uses a new product or technology before others. Online businesses rely on early adopters to provide feedback about product deficiencies, and use this early stage feedback to help the developers iterate the product ready to launch to the general public.
Product Hunt is a community powered discovery website which is one of the most influential sources of discovery for startups. Hundreds of products are submitted everyday and the platform even allows the founders to interact with the community and get feedback.
StartupList is a community of early adopters looking to discover startups and a tool for startups to find targeted early adopters. It is a social network for all whether they are investors, bloggers, designers, programmers or other entrepreneurs. The StartupLi.st home page features one startup per day, chosen by an activity algorithm based on the number of follows, visits and recommendations of that startup.
Betalist helps startups get their first couple of hundred users before they launch. Betalist has an audience of over 15 thousand early adopters which results in startups getting as many as 500 new signups before they launch. These early users give valuable feedback to the founders to help them streamline their products for their mainstream audience.