You can’t buy a community, so make it worth it

Having fans is different than having a community

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha and Alex connected a slew of seemingly unrelated news items to answer a big question:

How do we balance community and capitalism?

The original question we sought to explore was “can you buy a community?” The answer to that question, after further exploration, felt obvious enough: no, so now what? Combining Epic Games’ recent acquisition of Bandcamp, Commsor’s latest raise and Lolita Taub’s new venture firm, community has a set of sharper standards around it. And nobody wants to let the buzzword go unchecked.

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We’re really enjoying using our Wednesday show to chat through trends and major topics. Tweet us with things you want us to hit on, if you have a particular bee in your bonnet!

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