Product Hunt + Hacker News

Jun 25, 2021 3 min read
Product Hunt + Hacker News

For a while Hedgehog's team was tiny, 100% focused on building the core user experience. This spring the company grew substantially, and we're ultra fired up about the product that we created never stop creating!

It's time to tell anyone and everyone that radically easier cryptocurrency investing is possible. Don't settle for less than beautiful, straightforwardly clear interfaces and workflows. We sure won't πŸ˜‰πŸ€—

Last week Hedgehog hit the milestone of having launched on both Product Hunt and Hacker News. Each community deserves its reputation as a haven for early adopters. We appreciate the thoughtful, informed feedback from the commenters. Especially those of you who came to join us on Discord!

Check out the Hedgehog overviews that we made for Product Hunt and Hacker News:

We understand that using crypto can be a huge pain in the neck: whether you're just getting started in crypto or already a pro with dozens of wallets and exchange accounts, we're here to help!

πŸ¦” Hedgehog helps you find the best prices in any crypto market.

Unlike other apps that let you trade a few coins on a few exchanges, we aggregate the aggregators to surface the best deals anywhere. By tracking 2,000+ actively traded currencies across hundreds of exchanges Hedgehog users can take advantage of price discounts upward of 0.5%.

πŸ’Ό Manage all your crypto in one place

Trade directly on 130+ exchanges and track addresses from over 550 different wallets. Add API keys or public addresses to automatically sync any balance from over 1000 chains.

πŸ“ˆ Build your portfolio, stack your assets

Discover new exchanges and coins, group your assets into customizable stacks like β€œBanking” or β€œEthereum Tokens,” and apply investment strategies based on blockchain data like market cap, active users, or transactions.

🧐 Learn about new coins, wallets, and smart contracts

Lots of crypto apps and exchanges are confusing. For the 55% of crypto enthusiasts making their first investment of any kind ever, we'll help hold your hand as you choose your exchanges and hardware wallets. We also surface data points from 1000s of different sources to help your decisions: overviews, films, teams, partners, market data, up-to-date news feeds, and more.

πŸ”’ Security

All sensitive client information is AES-256 encrypted and we follow all the highest security standards befitting of the most sensitive information.

As early team members at Acorns (the mobile app that invests your spare change), we helped simplify traditional investing and hope to bring that same level of transparency, clarity, and rigor to cryptocurrency.

We first got into this space in 2017. We were running a small consulting agency when three of our clients broke their contracts in the same month: one went bankrupt, one got sued by an ex-partner, and one was based in Alabama and decided that because we were in California they simply didn't have to pay us. We lost $30k that month.

That's when we learned about Ethereum and smart contracts, and a light bulb went off. Price and volatility aside, if we simply could have used a smart contract where money is automatically deposited upon project completion, we would have ensured payment.

But getting into cryptocurrency is complicated, painful, and it leaves new users particularly vulnerable. Taylor once spent $20k worth of ETH on fees, simply because of a bad interface. Add in secret keys and exchange hacks and you quickly find yourself in chaos. And yet, over half of cryptocurrency owners report that it was their very first investment, ever β€” and their most commonly used tracking tool is Excel.

That's why we built Hedgehog, to give you fine-tuned control over your portfolio: our average client trades on at least 3 exchange accounts and automatically syncs balances across more than 10 different wallets. You can also group your assets into stacks like "Banking" or "Ethereum Tokens", apply investing strategies, and even set up a rebalance calculator to help you distribute your funds based on live metrics like market cap, daily active addresses, or transaction volume.

We're already helping individuals and investment firms manage $40 million in cryptocurrency, and we are acquiring the necessary financial licenses to offer a custodial wallet that connects users directly with the best price. You will no longer need to connect your own exchanges and wallets, we'll manage multiple currencies across multiple exchanges for you. This allows us to earn revenue by making our own markets and keeping some of the difference between prices offered by buyers and sellers.

Love it or hate it, the fact that there's over $48 trillion in annual cryptocurrency exchange volume at this point makes it unlikely to go away, and there's a ton of work to be done in wrangling it into some sort of level playing field that makes sense to people.


Adorable hedgehog portrait by Kalle Gustafsson.

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