Creator Economy

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Napkin Math

Spotify’s Quest to Own Your Ear

A Napkin Math and Trapital Production

30 🔒 Jan 31, 2022 by Evan Armstrong

Means of Creation

A Look Inside Pinterest’s Creator Strategy

Pinterest’s Global Head of Content & Creators unpacks why they’re doubling down on creators

17 Jan 4, 2022 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Means of Creation

The Web3 Renaissance: A Golden Age for Content

Like this essay and want to support us to create more like it? Consider collecting it as an NFT!In January 1996, Bill Gates published what w

47 Dec 20, 2021 by Li Jin and Katie Parrott

Divinations

The Athlete as Creator

How new regulations have brought college athletes into the creator economy, big time

15 🔒 Dec 15, 2021 by Matt Ragland

Means of Creation

Braintrust’s Founders on How to Run a Decentralised Marketplace

Gabe Luna Ostaseski & Adam Jackson on why the way we work is broken and how to fix it

24 Dec 14, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Means of Creation

Should Creators Own Their Means of Creation?

Erik Forman on how to counteract the precarious realities of today’s platform economy

1 🔒 Dec 7, 2021 by Nathan Baschez and Li Jin

Divinations

The Three Systems Beneath Network Effects

An exclusive excerpt from a16z general partner Andrew Chen’s new book, The Cold Start Problem

25 Dec 6, 2021 by Nathan Baschez and Andrew Chen

Means of Creation

Li Jin on the journey behind Variant’s new $110M fund to back the ownership economy

Variant and Atelier Ventures join forces as the passion economy and the ownership economy converge

22 Nov 30, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Reddit’s missing business model: Embedding commerce in culture

A deep dive into the monetization challenges of Reddit and the road to profitability it can take by embracing creators.

12 🔒 Nov 18, 2021 by Rohit Kaul

Means of Creation

Legitimacy Lost

How Creator Platforms Are Eroding Their Most Important Resource

68 Oct 14, 2021 by Li Jin and Katie Parrott

Divinations

The Inner Ring of The Internet

Hi, Nathan here! It’s been too long, I know!! I’ve got a big piece on product wedges coming out next week, but today I am so excited to shar

72 Jul 10, 2021 by Ali Montag

Cybernaut

Caught in the Study Web

Exploring Gen Z’s Ambitious and Anxiety-Fuelled Pursuit of Straight A’s Across YouTube, TikTok, Discord, and Twitter

148 May 24, 2021 by Fadeke Adegbuyi

Divinations

Why Content is King

How media creates power

317 Dec 18, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

Napkin Math

Substack Rhymes With Medium

Substack can't decide if it's a CMS or a media brand. Neither could Medium. Their indecision will likely lead to similar outcomes.

181 Sep 26, 2020 by Adam Keesling

Superorganizers

The Double Life of Productivity’s Most Famous Doctor

YouTuber Ali Abdaal shares how he makes the productivity videos that have netted him 1M subscribers

136 🔒 Sep 24, 2020 by Dan Shipper

Divinations

Instagram can’t recreate TikTok’s Magic

The content format is a red herring. What really matters is the structure and purpose of TikTok’s network, which is antithetical to Instagram.

170 Aug 24, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

Divinations

The open podcast ecosystem is dying — here’s how to save it.

It’s time to compete. Not complain.

90 🔒 May 21, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

Divinations

Inside the Clubhouse

The surprisingly compelling audio app that has consumed my life

243 Apr 24, 2020 by Nathan Baschez