Substack

Paid email newsletters made simple

Substack makes it simple for a writer to start a paid or free newsletter. Writers get a CMS built for publishing email newsletters, integrated payments through Stripe, and a website that can host free and subscriber-only content.

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Thanks for hunting @katmanalac, this is a pretty neat innovation @hamishmckenzie I notice more and more entrepreneurs starting with a community first approach and tools like this help monetization happen quicker -- what led you to build this?
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@katmanalac @abadesi Thanks! Basically, Chris and I were sad that social media incentive structures were increasingly encouraging content that stoked outrage and sensationalism, making it hard for people to have reasonable conversations with each other. We wanted to build something that provided a better way for writers to get paid, and for readers to have quality reading experiences. We love the idea that readers pay not so much for content but for relationships with the writers they love and the community around them.
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I've hosted workfutures.org on Substack, after experience with Patreon and Steady. A great experience so far, a month in.

Pros:

Easy to set up/use, responsive team

Cons:

Single tier of subscriptions

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We need to introduce ourselves! I'm Hamish McKenzie, a journalist who has wandered through a couple tech companies (Tesla, Kik). Chris was the technical co-founder of Kik. We're both fans of Ben Thompson's Stratechery newsletter, and we wondered what it would be like if it were easier for writers to do something like that. So now, instead of wrangling a bunch of different tools like Thompson did to start Stratechery, writers can just use Substack as a simple, all-in-one solution to do paid newsletters. At a time when social media has distorted the incentives for media, we think the Substack model offers a better way forward for writers and readers.
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@hamishmckenzie I love this idea of "social media incentive structures were increasingly encouraging content that stoked outrage and sensationalism, making it hard for people to have reasonable conversations with each other. We wanted to build something that provided a better way for writers to get paid, and for readers to have quality reading experiences."
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Really awesome to see this take flight. A lot of great content taking life through Substack - huge fan already of Mixtape and the Second Arrangement. Great work @hamishmckenzie and @cjgbest
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@cjgbest @jalrobinson That's awesome to hear, James. We love Mixtape and The Second Arrangement, too. Long live Steely Dan!