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Patreon sells product curation site Kit to GeniusLink

Patreon sells product curation site Kit to GeniusLink Patreon, the platform for independent content creators to operate membership businesses for their core fans, announced it is selling the assets of Kit.com to localized affiliate link service GeniusLink. Founded in 2015, Kit is a social-shopping platform where influencers curate bundles of products (“kits”) […]

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Tech startups want to destigmatize sex

Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. Given how sex is such a huge part of our lives, it’s no […]

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Roblox EC-1, immigration requirements doubling, grief in the workplace, and cannabis startups

Roblox EC-1, immigration requirements doubling, grief in the workplace, and cannabis startups The Roblox EC-1 Following in the wake of our deep profiles of Patreon and Niantic, we have our next EC-1 package, this time on children’s gaming platform Roblox . Extra Crunch writer Sherwood Morrison has covered gaming and startups for […]

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Extra Crunch Daily: Exascale Computing

Extra Crunch Daily: Exascale Computing From Extra Crunch Patreon, the focus of our first EC-1, has now announced the new pricing tiers that they telegraphed in our deep dive. New reports discuss the growing demand for foreign talent and consumer annoyance with media fragmentation (i.e. can’t everything just be on Netflix?) One […]

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The gaming clips service, Medal has bought Donate Bot for direct donations, and payments

The gaming clips service, Medal has bought Donate Bot for direct donations, and payments The Los Angeles-based video gaming clipping service, Medal, has made its first acquisition as it rolls out new features to its user base. The company has acquired the Discord -based donations and payments service Donate Bot to enable […]

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Patreon’s future and potential exits

Patreon’s future and potential exits Through the Extra Crunch EC-1 on Patreon, I dove into Patreon’s founding story, product roadmap, business model and metrics, underlying thesis, and competitive threats. The six-year-old company last valued around $450 million and likely to soon hit $1 billion is the leading platform for artists to run […]

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Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big? Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but […]

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The disappearing Form D

The disappearing Form D We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the authors: Danny at [email protected] or Arman at [email protected] if you like or hate something here. Ignoring the midterm hysteria, we continue our obsession with […]

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Patreon buys Memberful but keeps it indie as patronage consolidates

Patreon buys Memberful but keeps it indie as patronage consolidates Patreon is forming a patronage empire. Today it acquired white-labeled subscription membership platform Memberful, which lets creators sell exclusive access to content through their own site instead of a centralized platform like Patreon. Rather than being folded into a Patreon feature, Memberful […]

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Open source sustainability

Open source sustainability Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange, they ask for nothing in return except for recognition and help in keeping […]

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