Spotify is revamping its podcaster tools, including Anchor, and is partnering with Patreon
In addition to news related to its mobile app’s revamp and the introduction of TikTok-style music and podcast discovery feeds, Spotify announced podcast-focused news at its Stream On event in LA
Patreon adds a long-awaited native video feature
Patreon creators can now upload videos directly to the platform. After hyping it up for a full year, Patreon Video will roll out to eligible creators on Patreon’s Pro and Premium plans. “W
What’s next for creator-focused startups now that the venture boom is over?
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YouTube Shorts could steal TikTok’s thunder with a better deal for creators
The biggest open secret in short-form video has nothing to do with the algorithm. The secret is that you can’t get rich on TikTok, because even the most viral creators earn a negligible portion of t
Where’s the center of the startup world? Depends on which VC you ask
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Patreon lays off 17% of staff, affecting 80 employees
The creator subscription company Patreon is the latest company to be affected by a long line of tech layoffs. CEO Jack Conte wrote in a letter to staff — cross-posted to Patreon’s blog
The week an Apple event and YC Demo Day collided
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Daily Crunch: Former employee says Patreon has laid off its entire security team
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Patreon confirms security team layoffs
Patreon has confirmed it has laid off five employees from its security team. Emily Metcalfe, a former senior security engineer at Patreon, said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday: “So for better or
Patreon CEO Jack Conte is fed up with Instagram and Facebook
Before he was the founder and CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte was a musician, mostly posting videos of his songs on YouTube (which he still does). Now, running a company that helps creators earn predictabl
Snap will pay 25 Black creators $120k in a new accelerator program
On stage at VidCon, Snap announced its first accelerator program for emerging Black creators. Over the course of a year, Snap will pay 25 selected applicants $10,000 a month ($120,000 total) to help l
A major Patreon survey shows that most creators don’t want crypto payments
Patreon announced the results of its first creator census, which invited the community to share feedback about how the fan membership platform can best support independent creatives. Out of 250,000 cr
Only 12% of full-time creators make over $50K a year, says Linktree
Though the creator economy is rapidly growing and changing, there isn’t much existing research about the space, making it difficult for stakeholders to understand what’s going on behind th
Anglo-Hungarian anti-fraud platform SEON pulls in a $94M Series B led by IVP
Last year, SEON, which has an anti-fraud platform designed to fight accounts raised a $12 million Series A. It does this by looking at a customer’s ‘digital footprint’ – especially their s
Substack wants to join the podcast monetization fray
Uploading paywalled audio on Substack isn’t new, but the newsletter platform is re-upping its attempt to woo podcasters into using its service. Substack posted two blog posts today urging creato
Tumblr launches a tip jar feature to help bloggers make a buck
Tumblr is launching its second attempt at a monetization feature today. Rolling out in the U.S. now and soon globally, Tumblr Tips will let bloggers receive one-time payments from their supporters. Tu
3 views: How should creators weigh monetization strategies in the platform era?
How should creators think about monetizing their work today? TechCrunch’s Amanda, Natasha, and Alex worked to map out some possible routes forward.
Substack is testing a video feature, which will roll out widely in ‘the coming weeks’
The newsletter monetization platform Substack announced on its blog today that it’s testing video uploads in private beta. Like existing newsletter posts, creators can decide whether they want t
Not every creator economy startup is built for creators
The inherent tension within the creator economy lies between the promise of financial freedom and the realization this freedom comes at a cost.
Patreon CPO says the company will double in size in 2022
Creator monetization startups are cropping up left and right as the tech world embraces the fast-growing creator economy. But Patreon, founded in 2013, has been around since before words like “i