Member Brief No. 16: Patreon’s Signal

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If you’re an independent creator, Patreon is your home. The upstart has accomplished great traction in a short period of time. CEO Jack Conte and Sam Yam’s creation launched in May of 2013 after Conte grew increasingly frustrated by Youtube’s lack of monetization. As the story would go, Conte beta-tested the site with his own personal Youtube audience and began raking in $7,000+ per video. Youtube’s monetization would earn him a little more than $50 for the same work. Fast forward five years and Patreon is synonymous with patronage, as much as Kickstarter is synonymous with crowdfunding.

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Issue No. 219: On TheSkimm

Opinion: The Skimm treats its readers like they’ve never read an article, looked at a map, or accidentally seen a CNN segment in their dentists’ waiting rooms. Its patronizing tone assumes that female news consumers tune out anything of import if it’s not processed through verbal eye-rolls. The very existence of such a service, especially one marketed specifically to women, is insulting.
As a fan of The Skimm’s business, I can understand how a lack of intellectualism can seem demeaning to an educated audience. But I also applaud the two founders for accomplishing two things with their unique style of content: a) keeping a very busy professional class semi-informed b) helping to make a general populace curious for real, intellectual depth. 
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Issue No. 218: Back on 🎯

 

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An interesting look into big box tech innovation thanks to data collected by CB Insights. In one of my many conversations with LeanLuxe’s do-it-all capitan M. Paul Munford, I opined that while focusing on brands is most fun – the platforms that aid their survival are equally important to cover. These sudden shifts in distribution can affect brands in more ways than one. Ask Kevin Plank how he feels about Sports Authority, these days.

Target’s recent attraction to DNVB’s like Harry’s, Bevel, and now Casper has become an industry-wide trend. These marquee, web-first brands are flocking to retailers like Target but how much longer can Tar-jay fend off up-market threats from Wal-Mart? Don’t be surprised to see these modern luxury brands veer that way in the coming quarters.

Read: Is Target back on target? 

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