Dynamic paywalls are the future. Algorithmically predict if someone might actually pay (developed nation, pay for other content, love this topic), and if not, let them in for free.
A lot of apps are going to copy Quora here
Love how Quora is embracing Q&A creators! New flexible monetization:
-Sell subscriptions for your exclusive Quora Space
-Contribute content to Quora+ to get proportional payouts
-Earn ad revenue from your Space
-Quora’s algorithm can help automatically decide what you paywall
Yahoo Answers is dead and Wikipedia hasn't changed in a decade, but Quora's Q&A site keeps evolving.
What should I ask its CEO @adamdangelo as we discuss the future of knowledge sharing? RSVP: constine.club/event/rip-yaho…
Over the last few weeks we’ve personally built websites for a number of creators @BuildWithSpore
Why? Because showing value is better than talking about it.
Here are some of the websites we built starting with @JoshConstine
SF teachers' union:
Refused to re-open schools for a whole year unless they got access to vaccines (& pushed themselves to the front of the line ahead of other essential workers like MTA).
Now defends the right of anti-vaxxers to expose your unvaccinated child to Delta variant. twitter.com/UESF/status/14…
My top startup PR tips:
-A personal blog post > a sterile press release
-Pitch what matters to their readers, not to your biz
-Brief emails get responses. The problem, your solution, evidence you’ll win, & the news
Agenda for my day as Chief Guitar Officer to this little boss:
-Wake up: Beck’s The Golden Age
-Playtime: Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark
-Bath time: Ra Ra Riot’s Water
-Bedtime: Flaming Lips’ Do You Realize
-Dream feed: Modest Mouse’s Float On
It was the Brief’s respect for its readers time that made us at SignalFire proud to fund @HobbsNews & @andreamhuey.
Now with the teams from Squad, Revue, Breaker, and Brief, Twitter is becoming the best place to build the future of media
A good day for journalism. Only-what-you-need newsreader app Brief’s team is joining Twitter.
They pioneered lock-screen widgets & summaries that combatted info overload instead of demanding page views. techcrunch.com/2021/07/27/twi…
What AWS did for servers, Bubble does for programming - making it easy so builders can focus on what's new
After 7yrs of bootstrapping, we at SignalFire were honored that @estraschnov & @jphaas1 let us lead their seed. Now they're empowering a generation! techcrunch.com/2021/07/27/no-…
How does the world make all the software it needs with too few engineers? No-Code, the democratization of development
Bubble is now helping 1M people create apps & startups without a computer science degree. In a huge moment for the No-Code movement, it just raised $100M!
The "Creatorization of the enterprise" is a big trend I see emerging.
Businesses are getting serious about:
-Growing an owned community, not just a social app following
-Making cohort-based-courses for staff
-Empowering employees outside of marketing to make content
Monarch tracks your checking, credit cards, brokerage, real estate, and crypto, and automatically adjusts finances so you hit your goals. TechCrunch reveals it's growing fast! techcrunch.com/2021/07/23/mon…
No PressClub today as we're committed to only bringing you great shows, and some guests dropped out. We'll be back with an epic on the future on knowledge + Q&A sites next week!
Check out our recent podcast on fintech for creators in the meantime podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fin…
Product Hunt launches a startup accelerator called Hyper:
-8-week educational program
-Distribution as a value-add
Smart, given all the competition for attention. Congrats @joshbuckleyproducthunt.com/stories/produc…
Interesting hour long discussion on financing problems in content creation by @JoshConstine with guest @alexandravbotez. Botez is probably the most interesting person to watch in the VC 🤝 content creator space as both a very successful creator and founder with VC connections.twitter.com/JoshConstine/s…m
My music career journey:
13: Sold burned CDs
15: Bar Mitzvah DJ
17: Radio DJ
19: Concert organizer
21: Rapper manager
23: Album critic
25: PM for Bon Jovi's tix/site
30: Reporter on music tech
36: Investor in future of concert streaming. I wrote this!
Protective provisions: A way to veto changes that endanger an investor's equity. The standard includes a majority of Preferred Stock consent for creation of any senior security, dividend, repurchase, or board change. Don't let them block hires/fires, comp changes, or pivots! 6/
Founder vesting: Typically founders get 1/4th of their equity each year for 4 years. Founders often view this negatively, but it's an important "pre-nup". Founder divorces are a frequent startup killer. You don't want a co-founder suddenly walking away with all their shares. 5/
Price & Options Pools: Many first-time founders focus on valuation, but price isn't the only determinant for dilution. The employee options pool for hiring typically comes out of the pre-money so dilution isn't shared with the investor. Standard is 10% but can be negotiated! 4/
Warrants: VCs will ask for warrants - the right to purchase stock at a specific price at a later date - as compensation for coming in early and catalyzing a round. This is not standard! Avoid it! Other investors will just ask for the same deal when they find out. 3/
Liquidity Preference: Who gets paid out first at exit. 2X or 3X means a VC gets multiple times their $ back before founders get any! If there's none left, sucks for everyone else. Keep pref at 1X or the team & other investors might get nothing unless the company becomes huge. 2/
"The notion of a special bond with a creator is contrived, and what seems like unfettered access to their lives is curated. It’s the intimacy you’d get from any imaginary friend." Fantastic piece by @fadeke_adegbuyi on parasocial relationships every.to/cybernaut/the-…
As a dad & a live music fanatic, so happy we funded Flymachine. See shows with no babysitter required!
I wrote about how it’s fixing concert streaming with overlaid video chat: signalfire.com/blog/flymachin…