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Replace your public email with an inbox that pays you.

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Balaji S. Srinivasan@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
21 allows you to replace your public email with an inbox that pays you. The idea is that you set up a 21 profile (like 21.co/naval) and people outside your network can now pay to contact you. You can keep the money or donate it to charity. It's like LinkedIn InMail, except you actually get paid :) And we use bitcoin under the hood, so it works in any country. You can sign up for a profile and answer messages on either web (at 21.co) or mobile (at ios.21.co). Note that "answering a message" is only the simplest task that the 21 webapp and app support. You can also complete surveys and do more complex things. You will see one of these surveys in the tutorial when you boot up the app; more are coming. But right now, the primary source of tasks will be paid messages to you from people outside your network. And the simplest way to solicit more such messages is to put your 21.co profile link on your homepage or Twitter bio, like this or this.
Adithya Shreshti@adithya · Founder of Startuposphere
@balajis Everyone here would have complimented the idea behind the product and its implementation - no doubt 21.co is the first of its kind that helps you avoid the spam that is generated on day-to-day basis and at the same time that provides you 'quality' connects and potential network of wonderful people. Here is something no one else would have told you: The combination of Black and Gold looks awesome - especially on an iPhone. :-) Kudos to the 21.co team @balajis :-)
Nate Murray@eigenjoy · IFTTT
@balajis I miss having you on Twitter
Duane Wilson✌️@helloduane · Design, Technologist, Helper of Startups
@balajis Super! logged in via facebook, created username, verified email, had prompt to login again, did so, login window persists... am logged in and can click other tabs but that initial empty state is confusing IMHO. Looking forward to using this and adding other nonprofits 👏
..@deleted-550540
Signed up. I'm curious to see how this plays out. Great idea @balajis!
Rick Chen@rick_chen1 · making people lazy at instantaccess.io
Love the idea and it's huge potential, looking forward to seeing what other tasks are there besides surveys and outside network contacts.
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Marketing, Freshworks
@balajis great idea there, Balaji! Can reduce spam messages, I bet.
billy smartt@bsmartt13 · unemployed for two weeks! Free man!
@balajis This was one of the cleanest launches I've ever seen. Signed up on web, got the email verification notification on my phone, which linked to the ios app, everything worked seamlessly, and both products felt very mature. Logo and UX are very well done. I'm quite impressed!
Mattuy@sabolmm
@balajis Do you have a blog for 21.co should add on here https://coinspectator.com/
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Balaji S. Srinivasan
Maker
@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
21 allows you to replace your public email with an inbox that pays you. The idea is that you set up a 21 profile (like 21.co/naval) and people outside your network can now pay to contact you. You can keep the money or donate it to charity. It's like LinkedIn InMail, except you actually get paid :) And we use bitcoin under the hood, so it works in any country. You can sign up for a profile and answer messages on either web (at 21.co) or mobile (at ios.21.co). Note that "answering a message" is only the simplest task that the 21 webapp and app support. You can also complete surveys and do more complex things. You will see one of these surveys in the tutorial when you boot up the app; more are coming. But right now, the primary source of tasks will be paid messages to you from people outside your network. And the simplest way to solicit more such messages is to put your 21.co profile link on your homepage or Twitter bio, like this or this.
Adithya Shreshti@adithya · Founder of Startuposphere
@balajis Everyone here would have complimented the idea behind the product and its implementation - no doubt 21.co is the first of its kind that helps you avoid the spam that is generated on day-to-day basis and at the same time that provides you 'quality' connects and potential network of wonderful people. Here is something no one else would have told you: The combination of Black and Gold looks awesome - especially on an iPhone. :-) Kudos to the 21.co team @balajis :-)
Nate Murray@eigenjoy · IFTTT
@balajis I miss having you on Twitter
Duane Wilson✌️@helloduane · Design, Technologist, Helper of Startups
@balajis Super! logged in via facebook, created username, verified email, had prompt to login again, did so, login window persists... am logged in and can click other tabs but that initial empty state is confusing IMHO. Looking forward to using this and adding other nonprofits 👏
..@deleted-550540
Signed up. I'm curious to see how this plays out. Great idea @balajis!
Rick Chen@rick_chen1 · making people lazy at instantaccess.io
Love the idea and it's huge potential, looking forward to seeing what other tasks are there besides surveys and outside network contacts.
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Marketing, Freshworks
@balajis great idea there, Balaji! Can reduce spam messages, I bet.
billy smartt@bsmartt13 · unemployed for two weeks! Free man!
@balajis This was one of the cleanest launches I've ever seen. Signed up on web, got the email verification notification on my phone, which linked to the ios app, everything worked seamlessly, and both products felt very mature. Logo and UX are very well done. I'm quite impressed!
Mattuy@sabolmm
@balajis Do you have a blog for 21.co should add on here https://coinspectator.com/
Niv Dror
Hunter
@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Everyone should sign up to the new 21 app because free bitcoin
Mohit@mohitify · Developer - Product - UX - Mobile - SF
@nivo0o0 Thats not free bitcoint. That is dollar? Or I am missing something?
billy smartt@bsmartt13 · unemployed for two weeks! Free man!
@mohitify @nivo0o0 the only way to cash out is BTC. This seems like a wise decision, given how many PH comment threads start with "This isn't available in my country (or currency)".
Nick Abouzeid 🕴@nickabouzeid · Social & Growth at Product Hunt
And... if you want to do a good thing today, you can donate the approx $1.75-ish in btc that you'll receive for completing a 4-question survey to a nonprofit!
Balaji S. Srinivasan
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@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
@nickabouzeid Yup! Right now we support Black Girls Code and Folding@Home, but we'll be adding more over time. If you have ideas on what we should add, we set up a quick form at nonprofits.21.co that you can fill out.
Ethan Kravitz@ethosventures · CTO, Overnight
@balajis @nickabouzeid sidenote is there a db/api for pulling a list of vetted non-profits that users could select for donations. Is the list at something like Amazon Smile built in house?
Vasily Kuznetsov@vasily_kuznetsov
I have completed all the initial tasks but now can't cashout bitcoins. It just gives me a "failed" error message. Also, I wonder where does all of that money come from...
Niv Dror
Hunter
@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
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Balaji S. Srinivasan
Maker
@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
@vasily_kuznetsov Hi Vasily, if you have an issue can you send a screenshot to support@21.co? It may be that you haven't gotten verified yet.
Chad Whitaker@chadwhitaker · Design at Product Hunt
I would prefer to verify my identity using AngelList - I don't have a LinkedIn account 😆
Nikolas Huebecker@nhuebecker · COO @ TeenMade
@chadwhitaker I don't have one either and can't figure out another way to be verified.
Chad Whitaker@chadwhitaker · Design at Product Hunt
@nhuebecker It looks like we'll have to create a LinkedIn account 😣
Nikolas Huebecker@nhuebecker · COO @ TeenMade
@chadwhitaker I did but you need 50 connections in LinkedIn for it to work
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Maker
@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
@chadwhitaker AngelList support is coming!
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Maker
@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
@nhuebecker @chadwhitaker Right now, you can email verify@21.co and we'll take care of you. As context, we've had a crush of signups recently and are working hard on streamlining the process. Starting next week, verification will be integrated with signup on both web & mobile, and we will give you a timeline on how long verification will take (it should be quick once that's up and running).
noah rosenberg@nrose · founded Pikazo, now a new thing
@chadwhitaker This wins for the most "valley in-culture" response to one of the most "valley in-culture" product I have ever seen on here :) how many people suffer from the terrible problem of getting too many emails asking for their advice? And who outside of product culture even has an angellist account?
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Maker
@balajis · CEO of 21.co and Board Partner at a16z.
@nrose @chadwhitaker > how many people suffer from the terrible problem of getting too many emails asking for their advice? Really good question. Short version is that LinkedIn InMail is reported to be a $300M/year business, so paid emails from outside your network are more in demand than one might think. Longer version is that it's not just about asking for advice -- it's about inbound fundraising pitches, sales emails, and recruiting emails. Longest version is that we have some tools coming which will allow even people who aren't super famous to get nontrivial inbound traffic. Stay tuned!
Chad Whitaker@chadwhitaker · Design at Product Hunt
@balajis Beautiful! It appears my account was verified since signing up last week. I love the work 21.co is doing with Bitcoin to solve interesting problems and to ultimately make Bitcoin useful outside of just value store. Props to the 21 team 🙌
noah rosenberg@nrose · founded Pikazo, now a new thing
@balajis @chadwhitaker sounds awesome! Thanks for the thoughtful reply!
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@nrose @chadwhitaker I don't currently have a "maker" mark here on ProductHunt, but I absolutely have an AngelList account. I've also been approached there (on AngelList) by numerous folks in real estate, and others outside of "product" culture. I don't have lots of people currently emailing me asking for my advice. However, I can easily see how I could market myself (my experience) in a manner where this type of gateway could easily be positioned as a first-tier, income generating gateway in advance of full consultative engagement (to name just one possibility.) I am in the Kansas City area... a looooong way from the "valley." Just giving you a look through the eyes of someone not in the Valley. Hope that's valuable for you in some way.