Patreon

  • Patreon Gains $30 Million Series B Funding To Support Growth

    Patreon Gains $30 Million Series B Funding To Support Growth

    Hiring the right developers is an issue for many startups in Silicon Valley, but Patreon CEO Jack Conte tells TechCrunch the speed he needs to hire is a major issue for his fast-growing subscription-based artist funding platform. “We need to bring in so many people so fast. We need to keep up with hiring and keep up with making all of the things,” Conte said in a recent phone… Read More

  • Dick Costolo Joins The Patreon Board

    Dick Costolo Joins The Patreon Board

    Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has joined the Patreon Board of Directors, a move that aims to bring operational skills to the funding site. Patreon allows creators – podcasters, artists, gamers, etc. – to get paid for what they create. It currently hosts 17,000 projects. “Dick is a master operator and tells it like it is. He’s already had an immeasurable impact on… Read More

  • Extortionists Are Threatening To Release Patreon User Data

    Extortionists Are Threatening To Release Patreon User Data

    Cartoonist Steve Streza posted a tweet claiming that an extortionist would release his “tax id, tax forms, SSN, [and] DOB” if he did not pay one bitcoin to a certain bitcoin wallet. The extortion is quite ham-handed – there’s no way to confirm payment, for example and it’s not clear how much of the data was actually leaked in a recent Patreon. A Patreon… Read More

  • Patreon Hacked, Gigabytes Of Data And Code Leaked

    Patreon Hacked, Gigabytes Of Data And Code Leaked

    Maker-funding site Patreon was hacked last week resulting in the dump of gigabytes of code and user data. User passwords were encrypted using bcrypt which suggests they are mostly safe but some users have found their data in the trove. Founder Jack Conte wrote: There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some… Read More

  • Patreon Makes Space To Create | TC Cribs

    In today’s episode of Cribs, we visit Patreon, a subscription-based funding platform for artists. Patreon is all about creative. Giant murals deck the walls alongside the productions of writers and artists on the site. Employees gather for jam sessions, utilizing the many musical instruments available in the office. Tune in to see Patreon’s art-filled office and my first go at… Read More

  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

  • Patreon Acquires Artist Subscription Competitor Subbable

    Patreon Acquires Artist Subscription Competitor Subbable

    Patreon co-founder Jack Conte had a feeling that his company might someday join forces with Subbable, which is another subscription-based funding site for artists. That’s exactly what happened today. Subabble co-founders and YouTube sensations Hank and John Green joined the Patreon family, along with 24 creators that use Subbable’s platform. Subbable was founded by the Green… Read More

  • Patreon Raises $15 Million Series A, Revamps Site To Focus More On Content

    Patreon Raises $15 Million Series A, Revamps Site To Focus More On Content

    Patreon, a subscription-based funding site for artists, has just raised $15 million in a Series A from Alexis Ohanian, Sam Altman, David Marcus, Joshua Reeves and a bevy of other tech entrepreneurs. There were 17 angel investors and VCs in all who contributed to this series, with Danny Rimer of Index Ventures leading the round. Patreon founders Jack Conte and Sam Yam tell TechCrunch… Read More

  • What Games Are: Patreonomics And “Supposed To Be” Crunch Network

    What Games Are: Patreonomics And “Supposed To Be”

    When considering the economics of games, I’m more and more fascinated by the potential of a scalable patronage model and seen on Patreon. But also by the games industry’s continuing resistance to new economics in the face of innovation. Read More