Means of Creation

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Legitimacy Lost

How Creator Platforms Are Eroding Their Most Important Resource

50 Oct 14, 2021 by Li Jin and Katie Parrott

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Assessing Clubhouse’s Post-Pandemic Future

Also: Getty Images acquires Unsplash, LinkedIn’s new creator mode, the math behind MrBeast’s businesses, and more

24 Apr 10, 2021 by Li Jin, Nathan Baschez, and Yash Bagal

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Passion Economy News #3: TikTok’s Creator Fund, Amazon Explore, The Edtech Explosion, and More

Read to the end for why Warner Music Group paid $85m for a meme-making company

20 Oct 6, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Unpacking The David Dobrik Controversy

Also: OnlyFans is launching a creative fund for musicians, #BookTok is leading to a resurgence in book sales, and more

18 Mar 27, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Twitter Acquires Revue

Also in this week’s roundup: Clubhouse’s $1b valuation, a16z’s new media property, Forbes’s new deal for writers, and Instagram’s plan to keep up with TikTok.

15 Jan 27, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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News Roundup #6: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Livestreams on Twitch

Read to the end for a new tech & society newsletter you won't want to miss

15 🔒 Oct 27, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Passion Economy News #5: The Prop 22 Debate, Substack’s Mentorship Program, OnZoom’s Event Discovery Push, Business Insider’s potential Morning Brew Acquisition, and More

Read to the end for how women face unique challenges in the passion economy

14 🔒 Oct 20, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Side Hustle or Job Replacement? What Platforms Like Poshmark Are Really Providing

News Roundup #13: lottery meets YouTuber, Reddit’s Dubsmash acquisition, and a database with 20,000+ newsletters

14 🔒 Dec 16, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Passion Economy News: TikTok Deal, Creator Debt Financing, OnlyFans Disruption, Artist Monetization, and More

Plus, find new Substacks, a16z on the Passion Economy, and how to grow your podcast

13 Sep 22, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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News Roundup #12: YouTube Revamps Premieres & A New Player in Local Newsletters

Read to the end for a 9-year-old YouTube star who launched a Roblox world

12 🔒 Dec 8, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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News Roundup #10: Snap launches its own version of Creator Fund & rare interview with OnlyFans CEO

Read to the end for publicly listed TikTok Creator Mansion

12 🔒 Nov 24, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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The Creator Whisperer

Ian Borthwick’s secrets of influencer marketing

11 🔒 Mar 4, 2021 by Nathan Baschez and Bryant Jefferson

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Could the creator economy work for fiction authors?

Let's face it: 'writer' has never been considered a viable career goal. And it may be harder to make money as a writer now than it has ever been before.

10 Aug 20, 2021 by Elle Griffin

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Passion Economy News #4: Triller Poaching TikTok Stars, David Dobrik Gets Funding for Dispo, Journalistic Entrepreneurialism, and More

Read to the end for an insightful OnlyFans creator AMA

10 Oct 13, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Deconstructing Social Tech, with Chris Messina

And the product dynamics that drive social platforms

10 Dec 16, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Snap’s Spotlight Program Led To a 22% Rise In DAUs

Also: Patreon’s push towards creator equity, SMS platforms for creators, podcast advertising consolidation, and more

10 🔒 Feb 11, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Why Vice is Building an OnlyFans Community

News Roundup #14: Twitter acquires Breaker, Clubhouse announces a Creator Pilot Program, Substack’s SEO issues and more

10 🔒 Jan 6, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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News Roundup #9: Parlor Rises To The Top of App Store

Read to the end to learn how a business model changed a company culture

9 🔒 Nov 17, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Facebook Pushes Into Newsletters

YouTube revealed $30B in creator payouts and is incentivizing creators to use “Shorts”, an OnlyFans-like platform connecting foodies with chefs, and more

8 🔒 Feb 4, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Can NFTs Be A New Monetisation Model For Creators?

Also: Dispo’s $200 million valuation, MrBeast sells 1 million burgers, Spotify’s latest announcements, and more

8 🔒 Feb 25, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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How can Creators become successful Angel Investors?

Also: Spotify’s answer to Clubhouse, Cameo’s $1 billion valuation, Substack’s $650 million valuation, and more

8 Apr 3, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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LinkedIn Is Launching A Creator Program

Also: Mark Cuban’s plan to take on Clubhouse, Influencer unions, Triller’s latest content strategy, TikTok’s recipe-saving feature, and more

8 🔒 Feb 18, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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A New Funnel for Music

Recent news from TikTok, ConvertKit, and Ditto reveal an emerging new funnel for music creators to directly acquire, engage, and monetize fans.

8 Apr 17, 2021 by Li Jin, Nathan Baschez, and Yash Bagal

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Understanding How Internet Culture Works, with Taylor Lorenz

And what it means to be a journalist in 2020

8 Oct 20, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

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Apple is Holding Back the Creator Economy

What happens when a product company tries to run a platform?

7 🔒 May 10, 2021 by Li Jin, Nathan Baschez, and Yash Bagal