Imagine yous desire to read a story well-nigh the near recent Facebook privacy scandal or how Bitcoin actually works – what site would you get to? Some sites will requite y’all clickbait headlines and the same old recycled arguments. Other sites, even apparent ones, offer unremarkable second-hand accounts. Rarely practice you go to hear the in-depth story from the first-person perspective from the best tech professionals.
Hacker Noon delivers an independent tech blog with honest and unfettered stories and opinions written by real tech professionals, with:
- 7,000+ contributing writers,
- 200,000+ daily visitors,
- 8,000,000+ monthly pageviews
Our traffic is ranked in the summit 5K of all websites worldwide and in the tiptop 3k of all Us websites past Alexa. Nosotros publish ≈ 20 stories per day from effectually the internet. Hacker Noon has been
consistently profitable for ii.five years and is now raising funds for the first time.
Hacker Noon can become a much amend destination for tech publishing with your help today.
In 2017, to create a steady revenue stream, Hacker Apex started a weekly sponsorship bundle and worked with tech companies like Pubnub, Manifold, Pusher, Segment, Mixpanel, & Amazon’s Bot Division, educational organizations like Edx & Total Stack Academy, and blockchain companies like Odem, Ingot Money, and Dmarket. 52% of companies had renewed or committed to renewing with us.
In the Autumn of 2018, Medium, our Content Management Organisation (CMS), decided to ban all third-party ads. This meant that our revenue stream would be cut off and frankly didn’t make much sense to the Hacker Apex customs. How tin can Medium, a 3rd party to Hacker Noon, go on their own ads on hackernoon.com? Medium fabricated an offer to buy hackernoon.com, simply the offer was rejected.
The Hacker Noon story that bankrupt the Internet. Read more than
Manifold, PubNub & Pusher are amongst our echo customers
We ended the Weekly Sponsorship in fashion – with Amazon.
– says Codacy CEO & co-founder Jaime Jorge
– says CosmicJS’s co-founder Carson Gibbons
We don’t desire to annunciate the shoes you’ve considered buying effectually the web, we do want to surface sponsors that are relevant to the bailiwick matters existence read, such as blockchain sponsors on blockchain content. We believe sponsorship is not evil, if done right. What’southward evil is surveillance. Our sponsors volition be either site-wide or by subject matter.
We call back in that location is a major difference between a “sponsor” and an “advertiser”:
- Sponsors are long term. Ads are short term.
- Sponsors say why they’re here. Advertisers distract from you lot from being here.
- Sponsors care about demographics. Advertisers care near individual user data.
Hacker Apex runs on sponsorship promotions, never personalized ads.
Our promotions are like billboards – relevant to the content and not the individual reader.
Without sponsors, nosotros tin’t make the site costless for readers forever.
Our sponsorship placements are minimalistic & non intrusive. No sidebars, no popups, no video ads. Nosotros care about reading quality and will never take that experience away from the reader.
One of the main reasons Jonah Peretti left Huffington Post and started Buzzfeed was because the ad organisation was non baked into the tech. By increasing the advert elapsing and having no sales middlemen, Hacker Noon has been able to offer customers better rates and ameliorate relevancy, and we’ll have healthy margins with longer term customers. We want to own the relationship with the brands and take quality brands that validate the content. We have been extremely selective in choosing which brands to exist Hacker Noon sponsors and will continue to practise so going forward.
– says Antair Founder Andrey Butov
– says VC Business firm Founder Collective
Source: Google Analytics (excludes all RSS traffic)
Source: Source: Alexa (2018).
With upcoming guests like Tracy Chou of Pinterest & Projection Include, Gary Tan of Initialized Capital Partner, & Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel, The Hacker Apex podcast, hosted by Trent Lapinski (formally, Crypto Disrupted) will explore new mediums for delivering the truth about how the tech manufacture actually functions.
While Hacker Noon is primarily text-based, in a recent Hacker Noon survey, 71% of readers said they would like to listen to a Hacker Apex podcast. The community asks – we heed. Hacker Noon is on the path of diversifying our content and scaling our voice.
And yeah – this podcast is too run on sponsors. Our lineup includes Datadog (a echo customer), Harbor & Treehouse Tech Grouping.
Upwards next: quality video content on YouTube.
The Hacker Noon job board is where tech leaders hire, and the brightest people in tech find jobs. This marketplace is a natural extension of our publication. What’s a better place to hire tech talent than where people already read about tech & tech talent?
This chore board stems from our demand to rent our own tech talent in anticipation of the transition off Medium. Instead of paying for a talent acquisition service, we create our own! Then far, we take had over 100+ applications and we take interviewed 30+.
Some great companies are already hiring on our task lath, like Decent, LeafLink, Noson, the Nakamoto Terminal, the Gritti Fund and yours truly (front finish developer & backend developer).
Up adjacent: Jobs integration with Hacker Noon contributors’ stores.
Hacker Apex’south Acting CTO
The founder of v1labs & Techstar-backed Knowtify, Dane is one of the all-time production minds around. He is joining Hacker Noon as interim Chief Technology Officer. Hacker Noon CEO David Smooke previously worked with Dane’s visitor Knowtify before it was acquired by Kissmetrics. His primary responsibilities will be evaluating tech talent (front end & back terminate) and working with the new team members to build our ain infrastructure.
“To build a good product, you’ve got to embrace change. When you have a product and you alter something about the product, there’s really only iii outcomes. It’south going to get better, it’south going to go worse, or it’s going to stay the same.”
i-CTO, Hacker Noon
Up adjacent: a full 3-person tech squad led past Dane to build our ain CMS.
To New Visitors, Nosotros Do Non:
Force readers to login
Run intrusive ads
Hacker Noon’s Market Position
We strive to provide a forum to acquire about and publish what matters in the tech world.
We intendance deeply about our contributors. What makes Hacker Noon truly stand up out is the fact that
we are independently-owned
community-driven. Our customs drives our editorial, not just our traffic. By staying truthful to our spirit (publish what the community wants), we naturally become ane of the virtually trusted blogs in blockchain & cryptocurrency. Going forward, nosotros will harness the ability of our community even more than by empowering subject matter experts to go verified writers and community editors (more below).
We alive in the beautiful cyberspace infinite betwixt corporate blogs and the New York Times – providing tech professionals a raw destination for what is actually happening in the tech manufacture. Past having a niche – engineering science – nosotros will always accept more than focus than past contributor networks like Medium and the Huffington Post.
“Hacker Apex tin can exist a much better destination for readers and contributors than information technology is today. For the first time, nosotros’re raising money.
Readers want to read more and writers want to write more. Support will go a long way with this community. We made Hacker Noon into a staple of tech media with a lean team and we are primed to expand. I made a questionable publishing partnership with Medium. Our goal is to build a new infrastructure that is optimized for how people use and desire to utilise Hacker Noon.
I’1000 looking forward to becoming the best identify for tech professionals to publish.”
Founder & CEO, Hacker Noon
Linh Dao Smooke & David Smooke
The construction of Hacker Noon 1.0 leaves much to be desired. Users either accept admin access to every unmarried page of the site (as an editor) or none at all and tin can only submit stories for review (as a writer). In Hacker Noon two.0,
earn the right to hit publish &
earn the right to control the site’due south curation.
A writeris someone who can submit stories for publication on Hacker Noon after an editorial review process. Based on the quality and functioning of their stories, all writers can become verified writers.
A verified writer
is someone with proven rail tape in an area of expertise. They will not exist subject to the normal 3 business organization day review process. They tin can automatically have their stories published.
A community editoris someone who can curate pages and publish story submissions. For example, if they are an expert in blockchain, they can curate, edit & distribute stories related to blockchain.
– says Hacker Apex’s CEO David Smooke
Ultimately, Hacker Noon contributors want – and deserve –
choice. The contributing writers are at the center & soul of our platform and nosotros want to serve them first and foremost.
In Hacker Noon two.0, the contributing writers volition have the opportunity to gain:
Audience & Community
Points and Coins
Nosotros will double downwards on quality story distribution, and improve how contributors gain value from that exposure.
In Hacker Noon 2.0, nosotros desire to better how we help contributors scale their own communities. For example, instead of gaining followers on our site,
nosotros will supplant the ‘follow’ push button with a ‘give email’ button. We prefer contributors electronic mail their community through us, but they are more than welcome to take their emails and communicate with their community how they encounter fit.
Contributors earn the right to take their stories optimized for their own call action – we will encourage pattern that drives real business activity.
In Hacker Apex 2.0,
embeddable call to actions
will exist baked into the site. We will likewise build
minimalistic stores then that contributors tin can capture interest for things related to their stories.
Utilise cases for these leads are: software demos, software purchases, email newsletter subscriptions, ebooks, long-class reports, consulting services, jobs, and more than.
Nosotros will leverage the brand and aggregate of the community to provide additional benefits to the individual contributor.
This will offset past systemizing activity that is already happening effectually Hacker Noon, such as
complimentary tickets to the all-time tech events.
Starting with verified writers and community editors, Hacker Noon 2.0 can move into boosted benefits, such as
free software and even the Airdropping of tokens, a la Earn.com. The best tech brands want their products and services in the easily of height tech influencers.
Nosotros volition as well brand it uncomplicated for readers to tip the contributor with fiat and crypto, and earn points for their contributions.
All contributors will earn hacker points, and in the futurity these points could serve equally the basis for non only site influence, only also a hacker apex cryptocurrency. It will be an iterative process to map points to value. More tangibly in Hacker Apex 2.0,
our design will arrive uncomplicated for contributors to collect appreciations from their readers
in the course of fiat and crypto collections.
– says onetime Wired writer Joseph Flaherty
– says Dimension Data’s Global Head of Talent + Innovation Antony Shaw
– says Huckletree Full-Stack Developer Alex Hughes
– says Hack Mental Wellness Founder Stephen Cognetta
The plan starts with a new infrastructure where more revenue opportunities are broiled into how it’s made – we plan to use approximately half of the funding to build a profitable site without Medium’southward Content Management System. We plan to use the other one-half of the funding (in addition to acting revenues) to dilate what’s been working. To attain this goal, here is the anticipated breakup by function:
We are raising $i,069,993.40 for 14.32% ownership of the company with a $vi,404,200 pre-coin valuation. If this crowdfund round is fully subscribed, Hacker Noon’s mail service-money valuation will be about $7.5M.
This is our first circular of funding. While we don’t plan to make fundraising a habitual exercise, we have plenty of equity bachelor to do another crowdfund or venture raise if we choose. As we publish a lot virtually cryptocurrencies and blockchains, our contributing writers take given us enough of ideas almost how we could create a Hacker Noon token. A token raise is the most likely and highest-ceiling road for Hacker Apex iii.0.
Our company is entirely common stock (#equality), just as a thing of logistics, all crowdfund shareholders will grant their voting rights to the CEO.
All investors can have their stor(ies) of selection reviewed by a man editor for publication on Hacker Apex, as well as free access to all Hacker Noon content forever or as long as at that place is Hacker Noon (hopefully that’south equally long as in that location is internet). Costless content is really true for anyone who visits the site, but equally many sites accept readers’ information, attention and/or currency in exchange for consuming stories, we want to remind you that by supporting Hacker Noon, you support one of the internet’s best principles – freedom of data.
$ane,000+ — all the above, plus access to the
overview and quarterly investor video briefing
$iii,000+ — all the above, plus “investor of the calendar week” feature atop our weekly newsletter to 175k+ ppl, linking to your social media of pick
$10,000+ — all the above, plus
an interviewby a Hacker Noon contributor; and
2 stories published
about y’all or your company on Hacker Apex
$25,000+ — all the to a higher place, plus a
Hacker Apex Podcast
— all the above, plus a limited edition Hacker Apex t-shirt (#painfullygreen). Isn’t the startup life too much about schwag? If you invest the max, nosotros’ll give you a day. Just permit u.s.a. where you live and what yous practice then David our CEO will go to
your city and place of businessand work on your tech, your media, your story,
helping build whatever it is yous’re building
in whatever fashion we tin can help. We hope people considering investing $107k would do the aforementioned for the states. At this level we’re looking for partners who desire to spend fourth dimension bettering Hacker Apex. Yes, we are not kidding near the t-shirt. Information technology is painfully greenish and it’s all yours.
*All perks occur after the offering is completed.
** If any of the perks isn’t applicative to you, the greenish T-shirt is yours.
Early Bird Disbelieve
Investors who invest on or before
November 5th, 2018 – November 6th, 2018 (11:59pm PT)
will receive a 10% early bird discount on the price per share ($7.38)
Investors who invest on or before
Nov 6th, 2018 (12:00am PT) – Nov 9th, 2018 (xi:59pm PT)
will receive a 5% early on bird discount on the price per share ($7.79)
We at Hacker Noon accept created a successful tech blog, providing free stories for readers, quality free distribution for writers, a community-driven editorial line and high performing campaigns for sponsors.
Your investment tin can help us grow into the #i contained tech blog on the web and keep us free of platform dependence. All platform dependence and venture investment create bias and vested interest. We want to amplify voices based on merit of their work and their story.
Nosotros believe At present is the best time for you to invest in Hacker Noon, because:
ane. Superlative 5k sites in the world
rarely have full raises this low.
There are 644 billion sites in the world & publishing platforms in the top 10k global Alexa ranking have a median Total Raise Corporeality of $28M (see nautical chart beneath). We tin can and we will greatly improve our valuation when we successfully build our own content management designed around our workflow.
Source: Alexa (for ranking) & CrunchBase (for amount raised)
*We believe Amount raised is a factor in having an idea of a company’s valuation.
** For Hacker Apex: bold that this crowdfund is fully subscribed
two. We have been
for the by 2.5 years. It is rare for an early-phase startup to be immediately profitable similar us. (run across our Turn a profit & Loss chart below).
Source: Source: Hacker Noon’south Quickbook Intuit
3. Our team is
extremely lean. Well-nigh other tech sites with like traffic are much larger than u.s.a. (come across chart beneath). Going forward nosotros will go on to stay lean with a team of 5.
iv. We have
never taken whatsoever investmentbecause we didn’t demand to. We don’t even own a concern credit bill of fare – 100% of our operating cost has been derived from our revenue. To build our own CMS, we are raising money for the outset time. And what better style to showcase the power of our Hacker Apex customs by doing an equity crowdfund offset?
5. Our community of
7,000 contributing writers
(and growing) is our biggest nugget. The new site volition offer more than benefits to contributing writers. Our contributing writers will actually gain their followers email addresses, have the opportunity to earn coins, and the telephone call to action to their related business will be baked into the blueprint. Nosotros will give our contributors choice & distribution.
52% of customers have renewed
or committed to renewing with us. We’ve already pre-sold sponsorships for Hacker Noon 2.0 in 2019. This is possible because nosotros believe sponsorship if washed right is not evil. What’south evil is tracking users.
seven. Over the past three years of publishing xx+ stories every single day, we’ve cultivated
rare industry noesis
of how to publish wildly successful content. Our library of ≈ 25,000 weblog posts is something people keep coming back to. We will curate that knowledge in a cleaner way with the new site.
8. We are i of the
internet leading publications in cryptocurrency & blockchain. Nosotros saw the ascent of blockchain through our own growth & nosotros believe tokens are the hereafter. Nosotros have the manufacture knowhow, the community & strong connections with blockchain companies. We are also introducing Points & Coins in Hacker Noon 2.0 in preparation of a potential coin offering.
independent tech media
for a better net! Equally many media sites take readers’ time, information, and currency in exchange for content, nosotros want to remind you that past supporting Hacker Noon, you lot support what the internet was created for – freedom of data.
When yous invest in Hacker Noon, you lot are investing in a civilisation of experimentation. Nosotros are always looking for new ways to make amend publishing destination and tools. While future experimentations volition be under the Hacker Apex hood, this experimentation commencement culture has produced additional digital avails (with varying degrees of traction) that tin can help grow Hacker Apex.
ArtMap Inc (dba Hacker Noon) owns a number of digital media sites, publishing tools and social media accounts, including but not express to:
Pageviews over the last year (in parentheses):
- ARTplusMarketing.com (ii,120,000+)
- FutureTravel.Today (624,000+)
- FitYourself.Club (740,000+ )
- SmallBusinessForum.co (67,000+)
- MyStudentVoices.com (820,000+)
- 42Hire.com (182,000+)
- ResponsibleBusiness.co (21,000+)
- TheLacesOut.com (46,000+)
- FestivalPeak.com (120,000+)
- MovieTime.Guru (235,000+)
- HealthcareInAmerica.us (248,000+)
- Medium.com/Athena-Talks (792,000+)
- KeepingStock.net (789,000+)
- ExtraNewsfeed.com (5,129,000+)
Functions of these sites, and learnings from their performance, will exist in Hacker Apex two.0:
PaidStory.com is a contributed content service and branded content marketplace .
StoryLicensing.com is a marketplace to republish high quality blog posts. Also ain related domains: storylicense.com, bloglicense.com and bloglicensing.com.
- AMIpolls.com is a site for our savory twitter polls.
- AMI.network is a search engine of the AMI library.
WeeklySponsor.com sells Hacker Noon Weekly Sponsorships.
Twitter (75,000+ followers):
@ami, @hackernoon, @artmapinc, @athenatalkssf, @hackerinsights, @fityourselfclub, @thesmbforum, @mystudentvoices, @42hire, @keepingstock, @extranewsfeed, @lacesoutson, @movietimeguru, @americanhcare, @techtalented, @assesstalent
@startuphires, and more.
Hacker Apex has its proper name reserved on other meridian social platforms that we plan to expand on: Youtube, GitHub, Twitch, Minds, Instagram, Reddit, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Pinterest, Linkedin, GIPHY and Facebook (17k Likes).