Creators want a direct relationship with their own users, which is against the platforms’ DNA. E.g. FB restricts ability for large group admins to message members. Agree that platforms adding in direct monetization features is a big risk though to new startups in the Passion Economy. Here’s...

I like this article by Sam Lessin on the future of social, but think there’s a big omission. Namely, one of the major opportunities in social is to first focus on helping creators monetize and own their audiences, then layering in social elements on top.Read the full...

The top-earning writer on the paid newsletter platform Substack earns more than $500,000 a year from reader subscriptions. The top content creator on Podia, a platform for video courses and digital memberships, makes more than $100,000 a month. And teachers across the US are bringing in...

With social distancing as the prime method adopted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures undertaken by governments globally, we have seen an almost total immediate reliance on digital sales as a result of mandated closure of brick-and-mortar stores. As a result of the...

In the world of podcasting, the flywheel is spinning: new technologies including AirPods, connected cars, and smart speakers have made it much easier for consumers to listen to audio content, which in turn creates more revenue and financial opportunity for creators, which further encourages...

UrbanLeap, the startup that helps government-run pilot projects, has raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by StageOne Ventures with participation from existing investor Lool Ventures. The financing will be used to develop further UrbanLeap’s leading marketplace and discovery solution, which...

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has resulted in empty shopping malls across Asia, especially in countries such as Singapore, South Korea, and China where the spread of the virus has been even more pronounced. Except for the initial weeks where consumers wiped out supermarkets of toilet paper,...

Bizongo, a Mumbai-based online business-to-business marketplace for packaging, has secured US$30 million in its Series C funding round led by Switzerland-based hedge fund Schroder Adveq, according to an announcement. The International Finance Corporation, Accel, Chiratae Ventures, and venture...