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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...

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A major Patreon survey shows that most creators don’t want crypto payments

Patreon announced the results of its creator census, which invited the community to share feedback about how the fan membership platform can best...

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Only 12% of full-time creators make over $50k a year, says Linktree

A new report from the link-in-bio unicorn illuminates new findings about the creator economy.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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Discord is working on premium memberships, a new monetization option for creators

Discord is introducing a new way for creators to make money by offering community members access to paid, subscriber-only content. The new premium...

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Playground launches in beta to help creators cultivate community

Launching today in beta, Playground is a social platform that seeks to help people discover and develop community while empowering creators to...

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Small creators are big business

In the age of the individual creator, creator tech’s responsibility to the creators themselves is as much an ethical position as it is one of...

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Fourthwall raises $17M for its all-in-one creator commerce platform

Let’s say you’re a YouTube star — honestly, it’s not impossible, given that now, some estimate that over 20,000 YouTubers...

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Patreon confirms it’s exploring crypto as a way for creators to make money

Patreon CEO and co-founder Jack Conte and Chief Product Officer Julian Gutman spoke on a panel at The Information’s 2021 Creator Economy...

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One-time TikTok rival Byte relaunches as Clash, an app for video creators and their top fans

When the Trump administration announced it would ban TikTok in the U.S., a number of alternative short-form video apps began to flourish, as users...

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Memberful, a Patreon subsidiary, launches a newsletter product to challenge Substack

Between Facebook outages and Twitch data breaches, last week was bumpy for social platforms and the creators who build businesses on them. As...

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Guardian owner invests in Unlock, an NFT protocol designed for subscriptions and memberships

Monetization for the creator economy continues to be a huge issue and opportunity, but creators mostly have to lock themselves into platforms like...

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Patreon to roll out tools to help its adult creators meet Mastercard’s new standards

Remember when OnlyFans said it would ban explicit content, putting its creators’ livelihoods in jeopardy, then suspended that ban less than a...

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Tumblr’s subscription product Post+ enters open beta after much scrutiny from users

Tumblr is entering open beta for its subscription product Post+, meaning that all U.S. users can now try out the monetization feature. The product...

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Going after social commerce for sportspeople, Millions gets $10M

Millions.co, a social commerce platform geared toward professional and semi-professional athletes wanting help to monetize their fanbase by selling...

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Twitter Tip Jar lets you pay people for good tweetin’

Twitter today confirmed earlier reports that it’s testing a new Tip Jar feature. The new addition utilizes a number of different payment platforms,...

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Creator economy’s slow burn

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines....

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Patreon triples valuation to $4 billion in new raise

Patreon has tripled its valuation to $4 billion in a $155 million funding round led by Tiger Global, the company confirmed to The Wall Street Journal...

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Update: Telegram raises $1BN+, including $150M from Mubadala and Abu Dhabi CP via pre-IPO convertible bonds

Update: Telegram has now announced it’s pulled in over $1BN in debt financing by selling bonds. Founder Pavel Durov put out an update via his...

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Slapdash raises $3.7M seed to ship a workplace apps command bar

The explosion in productivity software amid a broader remote work boom has been one of the pandemic’s clearest tech impacts. But learning to...

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Fraud prevention platform Seon raises a $12M Series A round led by Creandum

Seon, which lets online businesses fight online fraud like fake accounts has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Creandum, with participation...

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Twitter’s ‘Super Follow’ creator subscription takes shots at Substack and Patreon

It’s been an all-around more ambitious year for Twitter. Following activist shareholder action last year that aimed to oust CEO Jack Dorsey,...

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