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Imagine you want to read a story about the most recent Facebook privacy scandal or how Bitcoin actually works - what site would you go to? Some sites will give you clickbait headlines and the same old recycled arguments. Other sites, even credible ones, offer unremarkable second-hand accounts. Rarely do you get 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 top 5K of all websites worldwide and in the top 3k of all US websites by Alexa. We publish ≈ 20 stories per day from around the internet. Hacker Noon has been consistently profitable for 2.5 years and is now raising funds for the first time.


Hacker Noon can become a much better destination for tech publishing with your help today. 

Hacker Noon 1.0: The Story

Hacker Noon began in January 2016 as Hacker Daily on Medium and became Hacker Noon in April 2016. The site, run by the husband and wife team of David and Linh Dao Smooke, started to gain momentum in October 2016 with stories like How it feels to learn Javascript in 2016, The Ethereum-blockchain size has exceeded 1TB, and yes, it’s an issue, I’m harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here’s how., and Why Everyone Missed the Most Mind-Blowing Feature of Cryptocurrency. 

In 2017, to create a steady revenue stream, Hacker Noon started a weekly sponsorship package and worked with tech companies like Pubnub, Manifold, Pusher, Segment, Mixpanel, & Amazon's Bot Division, educational organizations like Edx & Full Stack Academy, and blockchain companies like Odem, Ingot Coin, and Dmarket. 52% of companies had renewed or committed to renewing with us. 


In the Fall of 2018, Medium, our Content Management System (CMS), decided to ban all 3rd-party ads. This meant that our revenue stream would be cut off and frankly didn’t make much sense to the Hacker Noon community. How can Medium, a 3rd party to Hacker Noon, keep their own ads on hackernoon.com? Medium made an offer to buy hackernoon.com, but the offer was rejected. 

The Hacker Noon story that broke the Internet. Read more here

Manifold, PubNub & Pusher are among our repeat customers

We concluded the Weekly Sponsorship in style - with Amazon.

- says Codacy CEO & co-founder Jaime Jorge

- says CosmicJS's co-founder Carson Gibbons

Our stance on ads

We don't want to advertise the shoes you've considered buying around the web, we do want to surface sponsors that are relevant to the subject matters being read, such as blockchain sponsors on blockchain content. We believe sponsorship is not evil, if done right. What's evil is surveillance. Our sponsors will be either site-wide or by subject matter. 


We think there 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 from being here. 
  • Sponsors care about demographics. Advertisers care about individual user data. 


Hacker Noon runs on sponsorship promotions, never personalized ads.  


Our promotions are like billboards - relevant to the content and not the individual reader. Without sponsors, we can't make the site free for readers forever. Our sponsorship placements are minimalistic & non intrusive. No sidebars, no popups, no video ads. We 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 system was not baked into the tech. By increasing the ad duration and having no sales middlemen, Hacker Noon has been able to offer customers better rates and better relevancy, and we’ll have healthy margins with longer term customers. We want to own the relationship with the brands and have quality brands that validate the content. We have been extremely selective in choosing which brands to be Hacker Noon sponsors and will continue to do so going forward. 

- says Antair Founder Andrey Butov

- says VC Firm Founder Collective

Hacker Noon 1.0: Our Success to Date 

Hacker Noon's traffic has been extremely stable & growing at a steady pace 

Source: Google Analytics (excludes all RSS traffic)

Hacker Noon is comparable in traffic, audience and quality to these older sites

Source: Similar Web (Oct.2018)

Hacker Noon audience is younger, wealthier & more educated than the internet's average

Source: Source: Alexa (2018).

Hacker Noon leads in story quality comparing to 4 similar tech media sites

Source: Similar Web (August 2018)

Hacker Noon brings more traffic to Medium than Medium to Hacker Noon

Source: Similar Web 

Hacker Noon 1.5: The Start of New Revenue Streams

Medium’s latest pivot was a wakeup call. We were overly reliant on a 3rd party, and we need to evolve. Their ads remain on our site... for now. 


Since they banned our sponsorship package in early September, we have:


  1. acquired the Crypto Disrupted podcast & launched the Hacker Noon podcast,
  2. created the Hacker Noon job board,
  3. pre-sold 2019 sponsorship inventory, and 
  4. hired an awesome interim CTO

Hacker Noon Podcast

podcast.hackernoon.com

With upcoming guests like Tracy Chou of Pinterest & Project Include, Gary Tan of Initialized Capital Partner, & Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel, The Hacker Noon podcast, hosted by Trent Lapinski (formally, Crypto Disrupted) will explore new mediums for delivering the truth about how the tech industry 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 Noon podcast. The community asks - we listen. Hacker Noon is on the path of diversifying our content and scaling our voice. 


And yes - this podcast is also run on sponsors. Our lineup includes Datadog (a repeat customer), Harbor & Treehouse Tech Group


Up next: quality video content on YouTube

Hacker Noon Job Board

jobs.hackernoon.com

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 job board stems from our need to hire our own tech talent in anticipation of the transition off Medium. Instead of paying for a talent acquisition service, we create our own! So far, we have had over 100+ applications and we have interviewed 30+. 


Some great companies are already hiring on our job board, like Decent, LeafLink, Noson, the Nakamoto Terminal, the Gritti Fund and yours truly (front end developer & backend developer).


Up next: Jobs integration with Hacker Noon contributors' stores.

Hacker Noon's Interim CTO

product iteration with Dane Lyons

The founder of v1labs & Techstar-backed Knowtify, Dane is one of the best product minds around. He is joining Hacker Noon as interim Chief Technology Officer. Hacker Noon CEO David Smooke previously worked with Dane's company Knowtify before it was acquired by Kissmetrics.  His primary responsibilities will be evaluating tech talent (front end & back end) and working with the new team members to build our own infrastructure. 

“To build a good product, you’ve got to embrace change. When you have a product and you change something about the product, there’s really only three outcomes. It’s going to get better, it’s going to get worse, or it’s going to stay the same.” 


Dane Lyons

i-CTO, Hacker Noon 

Up next: a full 3-person tech team led by Dane to build our own CMS. 

Hacker Noon 2.0: The Vision

With your help, here's what we will offer in Hacker Noon 2.0:

To Our Readers:  

  • Tech stories (from actual tech professionals)  

  • Free to read forever 

  • The choice to not share their reading data

To Our Writers:  

  • Quality distribution  

  • Community driven editorial line  

  • Multiple ways to monetize content & earn coins

To Our Sponsors:  

  • Top navigation site wide takeovers  

  • Branding of relevant writers, subjects & stories 

  • Minimalistic tech stores

To New Visitors, We Do Not: 

  • Track readers  

  • Force readers to login  

  • Run intrusive ads

Hacker Noon's Market Position

We strive to provide a forum to learn about and publish what matters in the tech world. 


We care deeply about our contributors. What makes Hacker Noon truly stand out is the fact that we are independently-owned & community-driven. Our community drives our editorial, not just our traffic. By staying true to our spirit (publish what the community wants), we naturally become one of the most trusted blogs in blockchain & cryptocurrency. Going forward, we will harness the power of our community even more by empowering subject matter experts to become verified writers and community editors (more below). 


We live in the beautiful internet space between corporate blogs and the New York Times - providing tech professionals a raw destination for what is actually happening in the tech industry. By having a niche - technology - we will always have more focus than past contributor networks like Medium and the Huffington Post.


“Hacker Noon can be a much better destination for readers and contributors than it is today. For the first time, we’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 want to use Hacker Noon. 


I'm looking forward to becoming the best place for tech professionals to publish."


David Smooke

Founder & CEO, Hacker Noon

Linh Dao Smooke & David Smooke

Hacker Noon 2.0: Empowering the Contributors

Writer, Verified Writer, & Community Editor 

The structure of Hacker Noon 1.0 leaves much to be desired. Users either have admin access to every single page of the site (as an editor) or none at all and can only submit stories for review (as a writer). In Hacker Noon 2.0, verified writers earn the right to hit publish & community editors earn the right to control the site's curation. 

Writer

A writer is someone who can submit stories for publication on Hacker Noon after an editorial review process. Based on the quality and performance of their stories, all writers can become verified writers. 

Verified Writer

A verified writer is someone with proven track record in an area of expertise. They will not be subject to the normal 3 business day review process. They can automatically have their stories published. 

Community Editor

A community editor is 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 Noon's CEO David Smooke

Future Benefits for All Contributors

Ultimately, Hacker Noon contributors want - and deserve - distribution and choice. The contributing writers are at the heart & soul of our platform and we want to serve them first and foremost. 


In Hacker Noon 2.0, the contributing writers will have the opportunity to gain:

  1. Audience & Community        
  2. Lead Generation          
  3. Freebies         
  4. Points and Coins 

Audience & Community

We will double down on quality story distribution, and improve how contributors gain value from that exposure.


In Hacker Noon 2.0, we want to better how we help contributors scale their own communities. For example, instead of gaining followers on our site, we will replace the 'follow' button with a 'give email' button. We prefer contributors email their community through us, but they are more than welcome to take their emails and communicate with their community how they see fit.


Lead Generation

Contributors earn the right to have their stories optimized for their own call action - we will encourage design that drives real business activity. 


In Hacker Noon 2.0, embeddable call to actions will be baked into the site. We will also build minimalistic stores so that contributors can capture interest for things related to their stories. Use cases for these leads are: software demos, software purchases, email newsletter subscriptions, ebooks, long-form reports, consulting services, jobs, and more. 

Freebies

We will leverage the brand and aggregate of the community to provide additional benefits to the individual contributor. 


This will start by systemizing activity that is already happening around Hacker Noon, such as free tickets to the best tech events

Starting with verified writers and community editors, Hacker Noon 2.0 can move into additional 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 hands of top tech influencers. 

Points and Coins

We will also make it simple 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 future these points could serve as the basis for not only site influence, but also a hacker noon cryptocurrency. It will be an iterative process to map points to value. More tangibly in Hacker Noon 2.0, our design will make it simple for contributors to collect appreciations from their readers in the form of fiat and crypto collections.

Some of Hacker Noon's Contributing Writers

Apolo Ohno

Entrepreneur & 8x Winter Olympic Medalist

Alibaba Tech

First-hand accounts by Alibaba's tech team

Daniel Jeffries

Author, Futurist and Thinker

Natalie Fratto

VP, Early Stage Practice at Silicon Valley Bank

Justine and Olivia Moore

Venture Investors at CRV

Omer Goldberg

Software Engineer at Facebook

Amber Cazzell

PhD, Social Psychology

Daniel van Flymen

Software Engineer & Photographer

Sam Altman

President, Y Combinator

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Engineer, Google Cloud

Azeem Azhar

Chief of The Exponential View


Brad Feld

Managing Director at Foundry Group

- says former Wired writer Joseph Flaherty

- says Dimension Data's Global Head of Talent + Innovation Antony Shaw

Isabel Nyo

Engineering Leader

Nir Eyal

Author of Hooked

Tal Kol

Founder of Orbs.com

Aakash Japi

Snapchat Software Engineer

Jose Aguinaga

Web Engineer

Arjun Sethi

CoFounder Tribe Capital

Quora

Share knowledge [partnership]

Chelsea Rustrum

Sharing Economy Author


Mohit Mamoria

Authorito Capital CEO

Whitney Meers

Satirist and Founder of Platformer Marketing

Serge Faguet

Mirror AI Founder & BioHacker

Beautyon

Bitcoin is. And that is enough

                                          - says Huckletree Full-Stack Developer Alex Hughes

                                      - says Hack Mental Health Founder Stephen Cognetta

Will Manidis

Managing Partner at DormRoomFund

Riz Virk (zenentrepreneur)

Play Labs @ MIT

Erik P.M. Vermeulen

Tilburg University Professor


Meg Adams

Engineering Manager at Conde Nast

The Next Web

Stories for Generation T [partnership]

Sam Radocchia

Co-Founder at Chronicled

Matt Turck

VC at FirstMark

Haseeb Qureshi

GP at MetaStable Capital

Roy Bahat

Head of Bloomberg Beta

Jeff Hollan

Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Azure

Poornima Vijayashanker

Founder of Femgineer

Thomas Webb

Magician & Hacker

Hacker Noon 2.0: The Budget 

For Year 1: From Fully Subscribed Crowdfunding Round ($1,069,993.40)

The plan starts with a new infrastructure where more revenue opportunities are baked into how it's made - we plan to use approximately half of the funding to build a profitable site without Medium's Content Management System. We plan to use the other half of the funding (in addition to interim revenues) to amplify what’s been working.  To achieve this goal, here is the anticipated breakdown by function:

The Offering

We are raising $1,069,993.40 for 14.32% ownership of the company with a $6,404,200 pre-money valuation. If this crowdfund round is fully subscribed, Hacker Noon's post-money valuation will be about $7.5M.


This is our first round of funding. While we don't plan to make fundraising a habitual exercise, we have plenty of equity available to do another crowdfund or venture raise if we choose. As we publish a lot about cryptocurrencies and blockchains, our contributing writers have given us plenty of ideas about how we could create a Hacker Noon token. A token raise is the most probable and highest-ceiling route for Hacker Noon 3.0. 


Our company is entirely common stock (#equality), but as a matter of logistics, all crowdfund shareholders will grant their voting rights to the CEO. 

Investment Details

$8.20/share│$6,404,200.00 pre-money valuation│$106.60 Minimum Investment


Perks*

All investors can have their stor(ies) of choice reviewed by a human editor for publication on Hacker Noon, as well as free access to all Hacker Noon content forever or as long as there is Hacker Noon (hopefully that's as long as there is internet). Free content is actually true for anyone who visits the site, but as many sites take 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 information.


$1,000+ — all the above, plus access to the company’s quarterly overview and quarterly investor video conference


$3,000+ —  all the above, plus “investor of the week” feature atop our weekly newsletter to 175k+ ppl, linking to your social media of choice


$10,000+ — all the above, plus an interview by a Hacker Noon contributor; and 2 stories published about you or your company on Hacker Noon 


$25,000+ —  all the above, plus a guest appearance on the Hacker Noon Podcast


$107,000 — all the above, plus a limited edition Hacker Noon t-shirt (#painfullygreen). Isn't the startup life too much about schwag? If you invest the max, we'll give you a day. Just let us where you live and what you do then David our CEO will go to your city and place of business and work on your tech, your media, your story, helping build whatever it is you're building in whatever way we can help. We hope people considering investing $107k would do the same for us. At this level we're looking for partners who want to spend time bettering Hacker Noon. Yes, we are not kidding about the t-shirt. It is painfully green and it's all yours.


*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

** If any of the perks isn't applicable to you, the green T-shirt is yours. 



Early Bird Discount

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 November 6th, 2018 (12:00am PT) - November 9th, 2018 (11:59pm PT) will receive a 5% early bird discount on the price per share ($7.79)

Why invest in Hacker Noon now? 

We at Hacker Noon have 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 can help us grow into the #1 independent 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.


We believe NOW is the best time for you to invest in Hacker Noon, because:


1. Top 5k sites in the world rarely have total 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 Amount of $28M (see chart below). We can and we will greatly improve our valuation when we successfully build our own content management designed around our workflow. 


Hacker Noon v.s. other Media Sites: Amount Raised vs. Global Alexa Ranking

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 Noon: assuming that this crowdfund is fully subscribed


2. We have been profitable & cash-flow positive for the past 2.5 years. It is rare for an early-stage startup to be immediately profitable like us.  (see our Profit & Loss chart below). 

Hacker Noon Quarterly Revenue, Expense & Profit (Jan 2016 - September 2018)

Source: Source: Hacker Noon's Quickbook Intuit

3. Our team is extremely lean. Most other tech sites with similar traffic are much larger than us (see chart below). Going forward we will continue to stay lean with a team of 5. 

Among 400+ publications/blogs that rank 1k-10k globally by Alexa, only 14.4% have fewer than 10 employees

Source: CrunchBase

4. We have never taken any investment because we didn't need to. We don't even own a business credit card - 100% of our operating cost has been derived from our revenue. To build our own CMS, we are raising money for the first time. And what better way to showcase the power of our Hacker Noon community by doing an equity crowdfund first? 


5.  Our community of 7,000 contributing writers (and growing) is our biggest asset. The new site will offer more benefits to contributing writers. Our contributing writers will actually gain their followers email addresses, have the opportunity to earn coins, and the call to action to their related business will be baked into the design. We will give our contributors choice & distribution. 


6. Over 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 we believe sponsorship if done right is not evil. What's evil is tracking users.


7. Over the past 3 years of publishing 20+ stories every single day, we've cultivated rare industry knowledge of how to publish wildly successful content. Our library of ≈ 25,000 blog posts is something people keep coming back to. We will curate that knowledge in a cleaner way with the new site.


8. We are one of the internet leading publications in cryptocurrency & blockchain. We saw the rise of blockchain through our own growth & we believe tokens are the future. We have the industry 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


9. Support independent tech media for a better internet! As many media sites take readers' time, information, and currency in exchange for content, we want to remind you that by supporting Hacker Noon, you support what the internet was created for - freedom of information.

Hacker Noon PLUS: Additional Digital Publishing Assets

When you invest in Hacker Noon, you are investing in a culture of experimentation. We are always looking for new ways to make better publishing destination and tools. While future experimentations will be under the Hacker Noon hood, this experimentation first culture has produced additional digital assets (with varying degrees of traction) that can help grow Hacker Noon. 


ArtMap Inc (dba Hacker Noon) owns a number of digital media sites, publishing tools and social media accounts, including but not limited to: 

Media Sites

Pageviews over the last year (in parentheses):


Publishing Tools

Functions of these sites, and learnings from their performance, will be in Hacker Noon 2.0:


  • PaidStory.com is a contributed content service and branded content marketplace . 

  • StoryLicensing.com is a marketplace to republish high quality blog posts. Also own 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.

Social Media Accounts

Twitter (75,000+ followers):


@ami, @hackernoon, @artmapinc, @athenatalkssf, @hackerinsights, @fityourselfclub, @thesmbforum, @mystudentvoices, @42hire, @keepingstock, @extranewsfeed, @lacesoutson, @movietimeguru, @americanhcare, @techtalented, @assesstalent

@startuphires, and more. 


Hacker Noon has its name reserved on other top 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). 




In the Press

Extreme biohacking: the tech guru who spent $250,000 trying to live for ever
September 21, 2018

In September last year, the young Silicon Valley entrepreneur Serge Faguet posted an article on the tech website Hacker Noon. It was headlined: “I’m 32 and spent $200k on biohacking. Became calmer, thinner, extroverted, healthier & happier."

Next Steps In The Integration Of Artificial Intelligence And The Blockchain
October 9, 2018

An article on Hackernoon lists some of the latest projects integrating blockchain and AI technologies to create cutting-edge solutions. Some of the more notable ones include SingularityNET, an AI marketplace where enterprises can acquire AI capabilities on a global scale to enhance the growth of the

Data journalism and the law
September 19, 2018

Lauren Glass, “Mastering Python Web Scraping: Get Your Data Back,”Hackernoon, September 12, 2017, https://hackernoon.com/mastering-python-web-scraping-get-your-data-back-e9a5cc653d88.

Publishing Wildly Successful Content Online with David Smooke of Hacker Noon
April 1, 2018

Today I’m talking to David Smooke, the creator of a very popular tech publication called Hacker Noon. David is one of my role models. And I think it shines through in this conversation, because I end up asking him an almost relentless barrage of questions about how to be successful at producing cont

A Pro-Crypto Gamer Hid Free Bitcoin in No Man’s Sky
August 7, 2018

Looking to find some free bitcoin? A pair of planets on the No Man’s Sky action survival game are hiding 0.004 BTC, according to Hackernoon. Players can claim the bitcoin by finding the corresponding communications stations in the game.

Spotify, Silicon Valley and Not-So-Tiny Desks
March 6, 2018

The Eightfold Path of the Legendary Trader (Hacker Noon)

Irrational Exuberance Revisited: Is Crypto The New Dot-Com Bubble?
September 15, 2018

In his thoughtful analysis published on Hacker Noon during the first downward tide of the year, Noam Levenson argues that the digital asset market has not yet reached the levels of adoption and capitalization needed for a proper ‘popping.’

Where There's Smooke There's Fire: Interview With David Smooke Founder of Hacker Noon
July 19, 2018

There are people in the world that you meet that are very special human beings. Their professional talent is the catalyst to crossing paths, but once you get to know them you realize they are much deeper than that. David is such a humble guy and doesn’t care about the spotlight.

Why Ripple May Still End Up on Coinbase
January 16, 2018

In mid-December, Coinbase indicated a need for expanding its office space by more than six times in order to keep up with increased demand, according to Hacker Noon. Perhaps the lack of infrastructure helped to explain why Coinbase added bitcoin cash to its limited offerings; the addition would help

Proof-of-stake
September 25, 2018

"Explain Delegated Proof of Stake Like I'm 5 – Hacker Noon". Hacker Noon. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

Hacker Noon with David Smooke
December 19, 2017

Hacker Noon turns out to be part of a network of Medium publications called AMI. AMI’s network includes sites like Art + Marketing, Future Travel, and Fit Yourself Club–all of which are distinct syndication platforms. David Smooke is the CEO of AMI, and he joins this episode to explain...

Cyber Attacks: 3 Essential Tips to Protect Yourself
October 8, 2018

Here are a few tips to help you follow breaking cybersecurity stories: Check major news outlets for cybersecurity updates on a weekly basis Read popular tech publications like TechCrunch, Wired, and HackerNoon for in-depth reporting Pay special attention to institutions you do business with, such a

The 50 Best Tech Blogs
October 16, 2017

Hacker Noon is the Internet’s 14th Best Tech Blog

Top Medium Publications
October 16, 2017

Hacker Noon is the 6th Most Subscribed Medium Publication

Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest Sip
February 22, 2018

The app will have to compete with traditional tech sites and their emails, the constant flow of Twitter and other social apps, various newsletters like Hacker Noon, and reader apps like Feedly and Flipboard. But Sip is set apart by boiling down the news into snackable nuggets.

I Tracked My Screen Time In iOS 12 & Here’s What I Learned
September 24, 2018

Overall, I spent 18 hours and four minutes with my phone over the course of four days. According to Hacker Noon, which aggregated data from multiple surveys and studies, my phone usage is pretty middle of the road as the average person spends at least four hours a day engaged with their phone.

iOS 11 Is Full of Tiny Design Inconsistencies
September 9, 2017

Disappearing comma, vacillating font weight. Photo via Hacker Noon. Over at Hacker Noon, designer and iOS 11 beta tester Ryan Lau has detailed the myriad design errors he’s noticed in Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

This Is The Truth About The Shortcut To Entrepreneurial Success
February 21, 2018

Article BY DANIEL TAWFIK, originally published on HACKER NOON

Cryptokitties had a glitch that allowed for unlimited automatic likes
April 5, 2018

Robert Durst, a ‘full stack engineer with a slight blockchain obsession’, described his experience of ‘hacking’ Cryptokitties on hackernoon.

The Single Biggest Problem Facing Ripple (XRP)
February 21, 2018

When discussing Ripple, it's important to make the distinction between the company and the tokens. They're not the same thing, as Hacker Noon succinctly summarized.

See What Facebook (Thinks It) Knows About You
March 14, 2018

But this is an evergreen topic, and it’s back in the news thanks to a HackerNoon article by Georges Abi-Heila. Anyone can download their data (on a computer, not on mobile) in a pretty straightforward way.

Here’s what Facebook knows about you, and how to download all your data
October 16, 2018

Facebook has long allowed you to download an archive of all the data the social network has on you, and HackerNoon’s Georges Abi-Heila decided to find out exactly what company knows about its users.

The world of cryptocollectibles like CryptoKitties looks like the internet’s early days
January 7, 2018

He wrote about the collaborative process that spurred this donation in a Hackernoon post titled, “How to turn 1 digital cat into 150 analogue cows.”

“I’m Not Worried About the Price”: A Recent Visit to Silicon Valley’s Unofficial Bitcoin Headquarters
December 28, 2017

Or, as he wrote in a reflective Hacker Noon post this month, he “tripped and fell deep down the Bitcoin rabbit hole.”

4 Innovative Use Cases For Blockchain
January 8, 2018

InHackernoon, SteelKiwi writes that “in order to destroy or corrupt a blockchain, a hacker would have to destroy the data stored on every user’s computer in the global network. This could be millions of computers, with each one storing a copy of some or all the data.”

Hacker Noon references on Wired
September 19, 2018

Hacker Noon references on Wired

Here is Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, Google and a bunch of satisfied writers and readers tweeting our stories
October 16, 2018

Here is Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, Google and a bunch of satisfied writers and readers tweeting our stories

Crypto Media: What We’re Reading This Week
July 20, 2018

A 2015 review of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest said the reader would finish the work not necessarily wiser, but with a whole new life-perspective; with its thought-provoking and left-field articles, we can’t help thinking the same thing with Hacker Noon.

How a Reddit Email Vulnerability Led to Thousands in Stolen Bitcoin Cash
January 5, 2018

Theories circulated, buoyed by posts on Hacker Noon and The Next Web. It was the r/bitcoin users out to cause trouble; Or was it a Reddit admin gone rogue?

$700 Otto smart lock is the latest luxe gadget to go belly-up
January 2, 2018

On Dec. 28, Jadallah wrote an obituary of sorts for Otto for Medium's HackerNoon blog, where he blames an unnamed company for Otto's failure -- a company that offered to buy Otto, but backed out at the last moment.

Look at how Amazon has changed the Seattle skyline in the last 3 years
January 1, 2018

As Hacker Noon first discovered, the growth in Seattle since 2015 is visible from a camera atop the Space Needle. This time lapse video shows how extreme the growth has been.

Over 1.3 million anti-net neutrality FCC comments are likely fakes
November 25, 2017

Source: published on Hacker Noon

There’s a Hack That Can Win the Majority of HQ Trivia Games
December 22, 2017

Originally published on Hacker Noon.

All Hacker Noon references on VentureBeat
June 27, 2018

All Hacker Noon references on VentureBeat

All Hacker Noon references on Breitbart
May 21, 2018

All Hacker Noon references on Breitbart

Crypto Canon
February 10, 2018

WTF is the blockchain? — understanding the problem it solves before defining it by Mohit Mamoria https://hackernoon.com/wtf-is-the-blockchain-1da89ba19348

El peligro de poner tu número telefónico en Facebook y cómo evitarlo
November 1, 2017

Recientemente el portal Hacker Noon descubrió que es relativamente fácil, sobre todo en países pequeños, descubrir los números telefónicos de usuarios de Facebook que decidieron incluir ese dato como parte de su perfil; incluso si la persona en cuestión no forma parte de tus contactos. La forma de o

Recent google news
October 16, 2018

Recent google news

Are decentralised apps the key to combatting Digital Maoism?
October 17, 2018

DApps — or decentralised apps — could be the alternative. As Dave Matli puts it via Hacker Noon, “Imagine a world where all of these content distribution, storage and shopping platforms could be mimicked — with all the same features — but there’s no big company that owns the platform.”

Offering Summary

Maximum 130,487* shares of common stock ($1,069,993.40)

*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See 10% Bonus below

Minimum 1,219 shares of common stock ($9,995.80)


Company
ArtMap Inc (dba Hacker Noon)
 

Corporate Address
Colorado Workspace
1099 Capitol Street, Suite 221
Eagle CO 81631
 

Description of Business
ArtMap Inc ("AMI"), is a digital publishing company that owns 16 different publications, averaging 10M+ page views monthly. Hacker Noon is the largest AMI publication at 8M+ monthly page views, 7k contributing writers, and 200,000 daily readers.
 

Type of Security Offered
Common Stock (the "Shares" or "Securities")


Voting Proxy
Each Subscriber shall appoint the CEO of the Company, or his or her successor, as proxy and attorney, with the power to (i) vote all Securities, (ii) give and receive notices and communications, (iii) execute any instrument or document that the CEO determines is necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its authority under this instrument, and (iv) take all actions necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the CEO for the accomplishment of the foregoing.


Purchase Price of Security Offered
$8.20 per share
 

Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 
$106.60

















Perks*

All investors can have their stor(ies) of choice reviewed by a human editor for publication on Hacker Noon, as well as free access to all Hacker Noon content forever or as long as there is Hacker Noon (hopefully that's as long as there is internet). Free content is actually true for anyone who visits the site, but as many sites take 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 information.

  • $1,000+ — all the above, plus access to the company’s quarterly overview and quarterly investor video conference
  • $3,000+ —  all the above, plus “investor of the week” feature atop our weekly newsletter to 175k+ ppl, linking to your social media of choice
  • $10,000+ — all the above, plus an interview by a Hacker Noon contributor; and 2 stories published about you or your company on Hacker Noon 
  • $25,000+ —  all the above, plus a guest appearance on the Hacker Noon Podcast
  • $107,000all the above, plus a limited edition Hacker Noon t-shirt (#painfullygreen). Isn't the startup life too much about schwag? If you invest the max, we'll give you a day. Just let us where you live and what you do then David our CEO will go to your city and place of business and work on your tech, your media, your story, helping build whatever it is you're building in whatever way we can help. We hope people considering investing $107k would do the same for us. At this level we're looking for partners who want to spend time bettering Hacker Noon. Yes, we are not kidding about the t-shirt. It is painfully green and it's all yours.

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

** If any of the perks isn't applicable to you, the green T-shirt is yours. 


Early Bird Discount

Investors who invest on or before November 5th, 2018 - November 6th, 2018 (11:59 PT) will receive a 10% early bird discount on the price per share ($7.38) 

Investors who invest on or before November 6th, 2018 (12:00 PT) - November 9th, 2018 (11:59 PT) will receive a 5% early bird discount on the price per share ($7.79) 

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments and salary made to one's self, a friend or relative; Any expense labeled "Administration Expenses" that is not strictly for administrative purposes; Any expense labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; Any expense that is for the purposes of inter-company debt or back payments.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$8,841.00 USD
$9,407.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$8,279.00 USD
$9,030.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$4,084.00 USD
$1,060.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$81,378.00 USD
$113,838.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$44,613.00 USD
$47,241.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$800.00 USD
$800.00 USD
Net Income
$27,009.00 USD
$57,595.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

Only 11 hours left!

8 months ago

Can you believe it??? 4 months finally come to an end. 

We welcome 70+ new investors for the past 2.5 days. You will all be added to our waitlist, in case space opens up! 

For those interested in investing, there is no time like NOW! If you act fast enough (within the next 11 hours), there's a very good chance that you will be an official investor in Hacker Noon. 

A big, big, big shoutout to our investors at Monday Capital (Katerina Stroponiati & Konstantinos Stroponiatis), who have been so graciously lending us their office space at 441 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Also, shout out to Nick Larson of Onepiece who runs such an impressive co-working space!

Thank you, Monday Capital! Honored to be your first non blockchain/crypto investment! 

After 10 days in San Francisco meeting as a team, we are finally back to our normal routine. Our last work session lasted until 2a.m. early Saturday morning. Now, Austin is back in Michigan, David & I are in Colorado (reunited with our daughter Norah), and Dane is alone again in San Francisco. :-) 

During our 10 days in San Francisco, we have had a lot of fruitful deep-dives, several project sprints, and of course, a successful event @Github HQ (videos to come later this week). We are looking for volunteers, sponsors, & speakers for our next event in London around May/June. Email partners@hackernoon.com if you are interested!  We have A LOT of good progress to show you, and can't wait for Hacker Noon 2.0 to launch any day now.

I'll leave you with this set of Hacker Noon 2.0 emojis below. They will be incorporated in story reactions  👀 👀 👀 Check out this tweet to see the prototype of Emoji Reactions GIF.


Until next time... there's only 11 hours left so... what are you waiting for??? hit that invest button 💰 💰 💰

- Linh Dao Smooke 


Hacker Noon #devstories @GitHub HQ, and officially oversubscribed campaign!

9 months ago

Hello everyone,

Two great things happened last night:

Firstly,120 developers showed up to our Hacker Noon #devstories @Github event, which was the first time 3 of our 8 speakers (all veteran developers btw) gave a #devtalk (what?)

And secondly, our equity crowdfunding is now officially oversubscribed! Woohoo! Regardless, there’re still chances to invest some more. I’ll explain in a bit. 

Thank you - Stefan! 

Hacker Noon’s humble start as a tech blog was a place for the overqualified and under-glorified engineers to share their stories, from the first-person perspective. We’re a place to publish how they do they job: what they’re building, why it’s cool, and how exactly they’re building it. 

“Too often, the story of the software is framed by the tech executive who doesn’t make the thing. The person who makes the thing is the best to tell the story because they actually made the thing. The writer of code is the dictator of experience.” read the full transcript here

And for us to unabashedly and fully dedicate an entire evening honoring the developers, it was fulfilling, wholesome, and much needed. 


Hackers Welcome indeed! 

The presenters grappled with questions like: can technology reflect, or better yet, predict human behaviors?, how to deal with the paralysis of choice when it comes to design and iteration (pitting time against money to decide effort)?, and the duality between “open” & “close” in an inherently contradicting system such as the blockchain. More videos & pictures to come. 

Dane showing Hacker Noon 2.0’s emojis to readers :) 

Everyone lovesssss Brian's talk

The audience was ecstatic. Almost 2 hours long, and no one left. After the event, people lingered around for more in-depth conversations, and suggested we do more events like this. And you know what, after this one, we might just. 


Two of the presenters Lily Chen & Crystal Beasley 

Thanks for coming, Jackie! 

Our next stop: London - one of our top 3 cities in terms of readership. We are looking for volunteers, sponsors, & speakers for our next event around May/June. Email partners@hackernoon.com if you are interested. 

Switching gears….

WE OFFICIALLY RAISED THE MAX FOR OUR EQUITY CROWDFUNDING!


$1,069,985.71 raised! What a number. 

It’s been a long road, but we are nearly there. We’ve now entered a phase called oversubscription of a campaign.

What does this mean?

Yes, you can still invest in Hacker Noon. And no, we don’t really have $1.07M in the bank yet. 

Even though the SEC’s limit for a Regulation Crowdfunding is $1.07M, commitments to the campaign above the maximum amount are listed as “non-binding indications of interest” and placed on the waitlist. As we speak, StartEngine is working on getting all past investors’ confirmation of their investments. If for some reason, a past investment didn’t go through (due to inaccurate or expired payment info, or no response on certain communication emails from StartEngine), space would open up for oversubscription/waitlist investors. The potential investor in the waitlist will have 24 hours to confirm before the spot is offered to others.

So what to do?

  • For investors who committed before Feb 28 (when we reached max level): please confirm your investment. Search your inbox for that latest email from StartEngine, and answer it!

  • For investors who committed after Feb 28 (and in hence are on the waitlist): please be sure to act within 24 hours if you get notice that space has opened up for you.

  • For potential investors who are thinking about investing: please do join the waitlist, there’s a good chance that space will open up for you. 

It still feels surreal to me that we now have over 1,000+ true fans. Thank you for those who’ve invested, spread the word, or simply been rooting for Hacker Noon since day 1. The team is hard at work building the best place for tech professionals to publish. And it starts by honoring the OG fans of Hacker Noon (the developers), and successfully moving off a Content Management System we’ve been so very dependent on. Any day now

Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button

- Linh Dao Smooke

Only 6 days left!

9 months ago

Just a friendly reminder that there are only 6 days left to commit to Hacker Noon's equity crowdfunding.  Invest today before it's too late!  

We've been hard at work building Hacker Noon 2.0, in person together! Much thanks to our awesome Hacker Noon community to host us. We've been coworking place-hopping since last Wednesday and it's been awesome :) 

The whole full-time team together in Node San Francisco. Question: can we make a rock band cover instead? 

From all of us at Hacker Noon,

- CPO Dane, Full-stack Developer Austin, CEO David, and COO Linh


Meet the New Hacker Noon Editors!

9 months ago

Happy Friday everyone!

Shoutouts to our newest investors who have signed up to our community forum: Jonathan Rankins, Simon Zhu, William Hoffmann, and Amrit Virdee! Again, if you haven't yet seen the invitation, please email us at community@hackernoon.com  to claim your spot! If you are already an user, check out this thread where Dane discussed our progress so far building the Hacker Noon 2.0 editor. Comments are gladly appreciated! 

Our goal is to be the best place for tech professionals to publish. Today, I’d like to introduce you to four new Hacker Noon Staff Editors who will help us get there: Natasha Nel (Tech Editor), Ethan Jarrell (Software Development Editor), Utsav Jaiswal (Blockchain Editor), and Pirate Beachbum (Bitcoin Editor).

You can reach the new editors by emailing editors@hackernoon.com or direct messaging them on Twitter. These staff editor positions follow the increase of inbound demand of story submissions from revamping our contributing writer flow (available at contribute.hackernoon.com).

Now let’s meet our new Hacker Noon Editors:

Pirate Beachbum (Bitcoin Editor)

Pirate is a long time Hacker Noon contributor and co-founder of a popular social network. Pirate’s experience in building a popular social network — and before that a popular print magazine — brings rare expertise to making Hacker Noon a better contributor community and reading destination. Also, check out his crypto influencer series BITCOIN BEAR MARKET DIARIES (interviews with HodlonautAkin Fernandez, and Jimmy Song).

Natasha Nel (@HackerNoonTech)

Natasha graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Journalism degree and four years’ experience as a freelance news reporter in 2012. The six years in between then and now have seen her lead the content marketing team of South Africa’s biggest edtech acquisition success story, GetSmarter; manage marketing for Custos — a blockchain-based media protection company that won last year’s Blockchain App of the Year Award in Africa; and, most recently, help a team from LA take a Leafly-style app to market in the wake of very recent cannabis decriminalisation in South Africa.

Ethan Jarrell (@HackerNoonDev)

Ethan graduated from Utah Valley University in 2009 in graphic design. He spent much of the next 5 years as a graphic designer for a major sports company in North Carolina. In 2017 he shifted careers into web development, and eventually ended up on a development team at AT&T. Through his different roles and positions, he has focused on writing about the technology he works with through blogging and other mediums. Read more of Ethan’s stories.

Utsav Jaiswal (@HackerHODL).

Utsav enrolled to become a dentist in 2008 but got seduced by Blockchain in 2009. He’s been contributing to the development of the narrative around Blockchain technologies ever since. He calls himself an API between the technologists and the general public. As a non-engineer, he understands the requirements of businesses, as well as, the constraints of engineers, and then, he makes the twain meet.

Hacker Noon is working its way toward a community editorial line. Long term, we think Hacker Noon can become a decentralized editorial process based on meritocracy of subject matter expertise, i.e. the best blockchain contributors drive the blockchain stories’ curation and publishing; the best software writers drive the software stories’ curation and publishing; and so on. But we have to walk before we run, and that means, providing more editorial time.

Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button! 

Kind Regards,

David Smooke

Notice of Funds Disbursement

9 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Hacker Noon has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Hacker Noon be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Join Hacker Noon at Github's SF HQ on Feb 28 [Tech Event]

9 months ago

Hello everyone, 

What a week! Our total raise is now up to $1.013M, and we welcome 23 new investors in less than 5 days. Shoutouts to Angel Velarde, Jarvis Luong, and Alex K for joining our community forum.  If you haven't yet, please send an email with your full name and email used for Hacker Noon titled "request to join community.hackernoon.com."

This week, the team is working in San Francisco for 10 days. Join Hacker Noon @Github for our first-ever developers event on Feb 28, if you are in town.

Hosted in Github's San Francisco headquarter, the event will feature eight 5-minute talks loaded with technical details, cleverness and real world applications. Much thanks to our sponsors PubNub (real time apps at scale) and GitHub (how people build software) for supporting San Francisco's developers, makers, and free thinking tech professionals.

Event Schedule (Feb 28)

  • 6:30–7:00 Meet and Greet
  • 7:00–8:15 Awesome Dev Storytelling Time. Introduction by Hacker Noon Founder/CEO David Smooke and MCed by COO Linh Dao Smooke.
  • 8:15–8:45 Talk and Leave

Tech Talks (5 minutes each):

All story presentations will be videotaped and published on Hacker Noon. Beer and wine will be complementary. Hope to see you there!

Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button. 

- Linh Dao Smooke 

Join the Hacker Noon Community, and meet our awesome Fullstack Developer Austin Pocus

9 months ago

Hello everybody,

Yet another week has passed and we are now at 1038 investors and $987k total raise. Shoutouts this week go to Paul Roberts, Andriy Marchuk, Kevin Weiler, and Vinícius Bittencourt Goulart . Thank you for believing in us. 

This week, let's talk community. As the crowdfunding is concluding, we would like to invite you to join our community forum at https://community.hackernoon.com/. We will be winding down answering comments on this StartEngine page and moving all questions, concerns, and comments to the forum instead. It's a place to discuss the future of Hacker Noon and the future of tech media. The forum is in beta, and we are rolling out invites to all hacker noon contributing writers and official shareholders.

It's been less than 24 hours since we started inviting people to join community.hackernoon.com 

We are working toward becoming the best place for tech professionals to publish. Your input will help us get there!  We did an equity crowdfund partially because we believe many shareholders will help grow the Hacker Noon community. Comment or post a new topic to help determine what we build and how we improve Hacker Noon (and if we're lucky, the whole tech media industry)... or just post a random or general tech thought. In the forum, we've already started sharing 2.0 product developments, site metrics and have had heated debates about which animal is the most resourceful.

So if you received an email in your inbox with the title "Exclusive: Hacker Noon Community Invite for Shareholders" from community@hackernoon.com - please click on that magic link. If for some reason you haven't seen the invite, please email community@hackernoon.com from the email account associated with your StartEngine account.

This community forum is not possible without help from our partner/sponsor DigitalOcean and our Fullstack Developer Austin Pocus who whipped up his magic wand and put up the Discourse instance in less than a day! And we would love to introduce you to Austin today :) 

Hailing from Roseville, Michigan, Austin started working part-time with us from being a long-time partner in crime with our CPO Dane Lyons. He's been our full-time Full Stack Developer since January. In his own words:

Hi there! My name is Austin, and I’m a Full Stack Developer here at Hacker Noon. I’d like to tell you a bit about myself, and over time, I’d like to get to know you as well. :)

I started teaching myself to code when I was 13, inspired by Steven Levy’s Hackers and David Kushner’s Masters of Doom (John Carmack is my hero). When my computer died, and my family couldn’t afford a repair or replacement, I built machines from boxes other people threw away, collected on scrap metal searches with my dad and brother -- it took some pretty light custom Linux builds to run in under a gig of ram, on these puny, underpowered machines.

Anyway, after my initial disillusionment with C++ and Windows APIs, I spent a few years on the sysadmin track, only to discover Perl. At that point I came to my senses, started hacking, and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve co-founded two startups, one of which, YesInsights, was acquired in February 2017 by Design Pickle. In between my own startups, I’ve worked for a few others, did the freelancing thing for a while, and even stepped out of the startup world at my last job. Suffice it to say, I’m extremely happy to be back in startup-land, hacking the day away.

I love to make game demos, web apps, and especially anything that helps people create. I also thoroughly enjoy quality SF and fantasy books/short stories, playing video games, and playing fetch with my cat (yes, seriously).

tl;dr I’m a developer on Hacker Noon 2.0! Ask me anything!

So there you have it - very succinctly put, we are excited to launch our community forum , and thank you Austin!

Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button.

-Linh Dao Smooke 

Hacker Noon Podcast Growth, Story Submission Numbers, and Monthly Traffic Update

9 months ago

Happy Friday everyone! 

We are almost at the finish line (again) with this crowdfunding campaign. Since we last talked, we welcomed 25 more investors to Hacker Noon, and our total raise is up to 977k! Shoutouts this week go to: Alex Wang of Ember Fund, Zibeh Zakka, Auston Bunsen, Jonathan Barefield, and Ross Blankenship of Vail Networks! Thank you for believing in us, we will work hard for you. 

This week, I'd like to share with you more about the Hacker Noon Podcast. Hosted by Trent Lapinski and produced by Derek Bernard, the Hacker Noon Podcast has released 24 interview episodes, 3 special editions, and a few tech news commentaries. And we've been releasing all of our episodes as video interviews too.

Want to get involved? Visit hackernoonpodcast.paperform.co

Since the launch of the Hacker Noon podcast in late 2018 we’ve interviewed some of the smartest people in technology, much thanks to sponsorship from Digital Ocean, Datadog & Harbor.

Here’s our 5 favorite of the Hacker Noon Podcast Episodes: 

The podcast is growing in number of subscribers and listeners - and we are looking for more awesome guests and sponsors! Contact us today. 

Switching gears....

Early last week, we introduced a new way for Hacker Noon writers to contribute a story to Hacker Noon.  Within  the first 10 days, we received 500+ story submissions! The demand to publish on Hacker Noon continues to rise.

Thank you for the love, Yahya Mao


But with great demand comes even greater responsibilities. Due to the overwhelming volume of community story submissions, we've increased our part-time editorial staff this week (stay tuned for our intro of the new faces :) David and I have been actively iterating on the editorial flow that makes sense not only for our new staff editors but also for community editors in Hacker Noon 2.0. We are excited to scale ourselves exponentially in 2.0! 

And lastly...

 I'll leave you with Hacker Noon January traffic - the first month of the year usually sets the tone for the entire new year. And we are off to a strong start. 

That's it for today, our dear investors. Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button!

- Linh Dao Smooke 

Introducing: Hacker Noon 2.0 Development Series, Contribute.hackernoon.com, and job openings!

10 months ago

Hello everyone,

Long time no talk! There are so many new things at Hacker Noon that we want to share with you today. But first, we are almost at 1000 investors!  Do we even know one thousand people? Thank you each and everyone of you for believing in us. Shout outs this week go to Renato Barba, Trace Cohen, Steven Cheung, and Kenzo Tominaga! We will work hard for you. 

First off, Hacker Noon recently onboarded interim CTO Dane Lyons to be our full-time Chief Product Officer! 

Hacker Noon's making strides!!!!!!!!

Within a few weeks, the product team has made strides with building Hacker Noon 2.0 from scratch, and they are more than ready to share their progress with the community. Check out Dane's introduction to the Hacker Noon 2.0 Development Series. In Dane's words:

[In this series], we will publish real-life challenges we face in building Hacker Noon 2.0 and beyond. You’ll see features, designs, and workflows evolve from a crude yet functional state into something better. 

Hacker Noon 2.0 Development Series (coming soon):

  • Product Philosophy: Dual Track Agile
  • Prototype: Emoji Giving Interaction
  • Git Protips

Secondly, we recently revamped our story submission process for all current & prospective Hacker Noon writers, in order to better serve the inbound demand to publish on HackerNoon.com.  Contribute.HackerNoon.com will be the place where we prioritize reviewing, editing, publishing and distributing all story submissions to Hacker Noon. In less than 24 hours of launching the page, we've received 75+ story submissions! We expect to move most, if not all of, our demands for publishing to this page. You can read more in David's blog post: How to Submit a Story to Hacker Noon.

visit contribute.hackernoon.com for more information :) 

And lastly, we are hiring! Part-time roles include:

  1. User-centric Frontend Developer with a great taste for Design,
  2. Content Strategist with Social Media expertise, and
  3. Product Designer who gives a s*** about future of publishing

We've been reviewing north of 100+ candidates, but we believe the best is yet to come. If you or anyone you know is interested in working with a great team of scrappy entrepreneurs with experience in growing large communities, competitive pay, and opportunity to be promoted to full time, please visit jobs.hackernoon.com to apply. 

Hacker Noon 2.0 is shaping up, and we owe a lot of that to you, our investors. The capital we received from this crowdfund has allowed us to diversify our assets and hire some of the best people around, and we can't wait to show you soon the fruits of our labor. 

Until next time, don't forget to hit that invest button!

Linh Dao Smooke

Notice of Funds Disbursement

10 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Hacker Noon has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Hacker Noon be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Equity Crowdfunding!!!

10 months ago

What a roller-coaster of a week! We reached $1 Million raised, then $1.07M, then oversubscribed(!), then now we’re back down to $958k (89% of goal) due to certain unconfirmed investments. You heard that right, for some of you, there’s an extra email somewhere in your inbox which asks you to reconfirm your investment to be an official Hacker Noon shareholder. Open that email! :)

Don't worry - if you have re-confirmed your investment, it has been reflected in our most recent raise number. If you are a new investor looking to invest, the process is very simple and easy. If you have yet to hit that invest button or confirm your investment, now is the time!

This was a couple of days back. Ahhhhh, equity crowdfunding!

We are working super hard at the shop to close this round and build Hacker Noon 2.0 from scratch. We are confident that we will reach fully-subscribed status again soon before this campaign ends. 

Thank you to those who’ve believed in us so far. We will work hard for you!

Until next time, don’t forget to hit that invest button.

Linh Dao Smooke 

What are your team goals for this year?

10 months ago

Hello everyone,

Hope your week has been going well.

After our update last week, we’ve welcomed almost 100 new investors to Hacker Noon. Our total raise is now up to $986k (92% of goal!) woot woot!!!!

In all honesty, we weren’t sure how much momentum we can gather after having run the campaign for 60 days, and now some more. We are truly overwhelmed by your positive response to the campaign in general, and to our extension decision in particular! Shout out to David Jones, Evan Zimmerman, Joshua Jahans, Jimmy Daly, and Ik Sung Lee. We are now proudly working for you. 

This week started strong with our first ever all-hands team meeting (4 full time, 4 part time). The meeting went on for two and a half hours where we discussed company vision for 2019, progress (as well as setbacks) in 2018, and our company OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) going forward. I thought I’d share with you a few actual screenshots and slides from the meeting itself. 


Bad quality picture aside, this screenshot actually includes everyone - the people that make Hacker Noon happen! 


HackerNoon.com had ~4M visitors in 2016, 14M visitors in 2017, and 28M visitors in 2018. 


This is an important strategic decision as we decide to be ArtMap Inc dba Hacker Noon and not the other way around.


This is the question that will drive each & every decision we make going forward. 

So that’s it - a sneak peek into what we a team meeting at Hacker Noon looks like. To be transparent, accountable and clear to our investors, we have to be transparent, accountable and clear to our team first. 

We are excited to serve you all in 2019. Thank you for believing in us. 

Until next time, don’t forget to hit that invest button!

Linh Dao Smooke 

Our decision to extend

10 months ago

Hello everyone, 

Wow, what a great 20 hours. After my update yesterday, we welcome another 20 investors to the Hacker Noon crowdfunding campaign, increasing our total raise to $905k (85% of goal)! Shout out to Antoine Tardif (woot woot second time investor!), Jennifer Galvin, Thibauld Favre, Goran Seletkovic, and Anand Poolla! 

We have decided to extend the Hacker Noon crowdfunding campaign. We’d like to thank everyone who have invested and confirmed their investments so far. It never fails to amaze me that people read our words and believe enough in Hacker Noon to hit that “invest” button, and bet a portion of their hard earned money on us. For that, we are forever indebted to you. 

In the spirit of appreciation and transparency, we’d like to share with you our reasoning behind this strategic campaign extension. If there’s any more concern, please let us know in the comment section below.

  1. We are not yet fully subscribed (though very close!). Our goal is to raise the max amount allowed by Regulation Crowdfunding, which will allow us to optimize Hacker Noon 2.0 around our workflow and our community’s needs. As our plans are ambitious, there is an important difference between 85% and 100% funded. 
  2. Not everyone has confirmed their investments. With the way StartEngine platform works, certain investments, such as certain credit cards or wire transfers above certain limit, more actions are are required from investors. If you have been sitting on one of those “please confirm your investment” emails, please do so and help us reach fully subscribed status sooner! :) 
  3. This will be our one-time extension. We will not extend after this new end date. We’ve been hard at work in the shop and are really excited to share what we’re making with you. March will be a big month for Hacker Noon 2.0!
  4. Your feedback has helped guide us a lot throughout this whole process. While most people have had smooth experiences investing in Hacker Noon (see below), more than a few of you have had hiccups when it comes to cryptocurrency investment, non-US investment, and particularly investments from UK & Canada. There’s little we can do about the government laws, but with the former two I believe that StartEngine and PrimeTrust are working hard to make sure process is smoother and communication is clearer. Equity Crowdfunding is still such a young industry; we’ve found StartEngine portal to be a very good product (and their people very helpful!). That said, there’s still a lot of platform evolution to come, some committed money isn’t in the bank yet, and they are trying their best everyday. 

Although the campaign is extended, we will absolutely be happy to close the round early if we reach the fully subscribed status sooner. All perks occur after the round is closed, and we can’t wait to start reporting to our 800+ bosses soon!

Until next time, don’t forget to hit that invest button,

Linh Dao Smooke 

Notice of Material Change in Offering

10 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Hacker Noon offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Hacker Noon is extending their offering.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

New year, new partnership :)

10 months ago

Hello everyone,

The Hacker Noon Crowdfunding campaign recently reached 892k in total raise from 781 investors. Shout out to Katsuya Noguchi, Nader Azad and Johannes Visser - 3 of our 20 new investors in the past 24 hours! 

Today, we are excited to announce the Hacker Noon's partnership with Everipedia, the world’s largest English encyclopedia (over 6 million entries) on the blockchain!


We’ve partnered with Everipedia to better promote and cite Hacker Noon contributors and stories. You can read the details of this partnership in David's newsletter this week, but the core of the partnership is: 

  • Hacker Noon Contributors on Everipedia - this starts with the creation of Everipedia author pages (60+ Hacker Noon contributors have pages so far), and members of the Hacker Noon community can attain free IQ to start editing on Everipedia.

  • Citing Everipedia on Hacker Noon - Much like how Crunchbase entries integrate with TechCrunch stories, Hacker Noon will beta test improving its citation of Internet Culture by citing more of its stories with relevant Everipedia entries. 

  • Everipedia Contributing to Hacker Noon - Every week, Everipedia team will be publishing “Internet Culture Roundups” on Hacker Noon. We started this with: “Internet Culture Roundup #1: Top Five Trending Everipedia Pages of the Week.”

Learn more here

 

Everipedia actually inspires us here at Hacker Noon in more ways than *just* being a cool encyclopedia built on the blockchain (no big deal). They started with a humble crowdfund, just like us. Two years ago, they successfully raised $130k from 201 investors on Wefunder, valuing the company at $22 million. Then, early this year, they received $30 million of funding from a group of strategic investors for their Series A. What a story!

I believe that the most powerful use case of the blockchain is yet to be discovered. And by partnering with blockchain companies like Everipedia, Hacker Noon will stay in the radar of perhaps the best invention yet since the internet. Hopeful I know, but possible nonetheless. 

There are only hours left until our equity crowdfunding closes: we strongly encourage you to hit that invest button before it’s too late, and confirm your investment if you haven’t done so already

Have a great day! 

- Linh Dao Smooke 

What's Your New Year's Resolution?

10 months ago

Hello everyone, 

Happy New Year! I can't believe the Hacker Noon Crowdfunding is coming to an end as the new year starts. After my update 4 days ago, we welcomed ~50 new investors and achieved $877k+ total raise, 83% of goal!. We are almost there!

Out with the old, in with the new. Bring it on, 2019!

Our resolution this year for Hacker Noon is to achieve everything we say we will achieve for Hacker Noon 2.0: launch the new site in March, and be profitable again by end of 2019.

What about your New Year resolution? What about “investing in the best place for tech professionals to publish”? :-)  If you’ve been thinking about investing in Hacker Noon in 2018, there’s still time left for you in 2019 to do so before we close the round! If your investment needs to be confirmed (and you haven't yet done so), please confirm via email so you can officially be a Hacker Noon investor! 

Shout out today goes to Vera Hoerauf, Benjamin Forgan, and Nathan Maton. We were absolutely overwhelmed with the love & support we've been receiving over the holidays. Thank you for believing in us. 

Until next time, we wish you an amazing 2019 ahead. And, don’t forget to hit that invest button before it’s too late!

- Linh Dao Smooke 

Two lessons I learned in 2018

11 months ago

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it? We are almost at the finish line with the Hacker Noon crowdfunding campaign. This week, we are overjoyed with reaching 834k+ in total raise, from 720 investors, ~80% of goal! Special shout out to Dave Craig, Mark Tung, The Crypto Dost, Vamsi Krishna Raju Alluri, Claudio Cherubino, and my high school classmate Jin (hey Jin!). Thank you for believing in us. Especially, thank you for hitting that "invest" button during the holidays, keeping up with the momentum :) 

Today, I thought I'd spend some time to reflect on the two most important lessons I learned in 2018, the first one about what’d predict success in an equity crowdfunding, and the second one about silver linings in trying times. 

Lesson 1: Equity crowdfunding is powerful and empowering, but not for everyone. It makes the most sense when your business is 1. community-oriented and 2. independently-owned. 

Why community-oriented?  

Since the launch, startengine.com/hackernoon has attracted 38,000 visits, >85% of which is from the Hacker Noon community. We put the campaign link atop hackernoon.com, our newsletters, our social media channels and other media assets. It’s clear: our community does rally behind us. Collectively, they’re telling us this: please keep publishing the best tech stories for tech professionals!  

What is it about us? We are not the next cool software, an industry disruption, or a groundbreaking idea. We do have 200k daily readers, 7k writers, and 8M monthly pageviews. I believe, the difference is this: people who already know and use our site can now own a portion of our company. The receiver of the experience can now help design the experience. How often do you get a chance to own a portion of the site you read? It is pretty damn empowering. 

You could be a small but popular restaurant, a Facebook group of “Fans of the Office”, or a school. If you have an awesome community already, crowdfunding can be a good option for you. 

Why independently-owned? 

Before deciding to launch this campaign, we did go through a few acquisition talks. The process was taxing, but incredibly educational. Many were interested, but no one was ready to commit the right numbers with the right terms. Big firms want big returns on their own terms. Small firms like ours can rarely afford our own terms.  

With equity crowdfunding, we publicized our terms, front and center, and available for the public to dissect. Potential investors can choose how much they can afford to lose. The minimum is the price of a fancy meal for two. It’s about finding fair market value.

Now, instead of having a few big bosses, we have a few hundred small bosses, some of whom are our family and friends, most of whom are our readers and writers. It’s beautiful. 

As an independent media site, we highly value this independence from vested interests. It allows us to optimize for OUR work flow and our desired products. It’s a win-win-win. 

Lesson 2:  in trying times, value the silver linings. 

I always like lotus. It’s the Vietnamese national flower, and it blooms from mud. Lotus reminds me of strength, resilience, beauty against all odds. 


Personally and professionally, this year has been a trying one for me. David got into an accident just before we were told that sponsorship can no longer exist on Hacker Noon. Then, as soon as this crowdfunding campaign launched, my grandma got seriously ill, half way across the globe. She passed away before seeing me or David for the last time, and her great granddaughter for the first time. 

Yet, I’ve found grace upon grace upon grace in these trying times. 

David’s accident got me to rethink about how to dance that line between personal and professional. How much of our life are we willing to let out, as business owners? At the end of the day, we decided to be vulnerable and honest. People seem to relate to that. There’s no use in pretending that we are not real humans living this perfectly curated life whose only job is to hustle for and only for the business. Alexis Ohanian calls that hustle porn, and I cannot agree more. #stopwiththehustleporn 

Being told we can no longer do sponsorship atop our site was hard to swallow, as it was our primary source of income. But it did lead to our best decision of the year yet: rejecting laughable buyout offers, low buyout offers or even kinda interesting buyout offers. Instead, we decided to bite the bullet and go with strategic investments. That is why you are reading these words from our crowdfunding page :) We are still a long way from being fully subscribed. But we are in such a better spot than we would have been had we continued with Medium’s infrastructure. 

My grandma’s death reminded me how short and fragile life is. And how precious it is that my grandpa is still alive and well, just enough to see his granddaughter. My grandma would never be able to do so. My dad, a professional violinist, dropped 100% of his daily commitments to nanny our daughter Norah. This allows us to work more hours a day than when we were able to in Colorado. And, after 2.5 years of being in the US, we finally go back to Vietnam, seeing how half way across the globe, community is thriving, tech is growing, and 75% of people who showed up to our event last Saturday have read Hacker Noon! I know my grandma would be so pleased to know all of these happened because of her!

If you read until here - thank you. Next time you decide to hit that invest button, remember this: we are real hard working and positive thinking human beings behind these words, these numbers, and this business. We wish we could meet each and every one of you. We cannot express our gratitude enough. We will work harder and harder each day for you.

Until next time, enjoy the rest of 2018!

Linh Dao Smooke

Notice of Funds Disbursement

11 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Hacker Noon has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Hacker Noon be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Google Cloud to support Hacker Noon with 100k in Cloud Credits, and more!!!!

11 months ago

Hello everyone, 

Seasons greeting! We wish you the best, no matter where you are in the world or what holiday you celebrate. 

This week has been such an instrumental week for Hacker Noon. 

Not only did we reach $770,000+ total investment (75% of goal); throw an amazing Hacker Noon event in Hanoi (more to come), we’re thrilled to receive such amazing news from Google Cloud for Startups program, which supports rapidly growing companies like Hacker Noon with generous cloud credits (up to $100K), technical support, and access to an engaging startup community.  



As we’ve been diving into the architecture of our upcoming tech stack, Firebase quickly emerged as the team’s consensus best solution to build Hacker Noon 2.0’s backend. We are very excited to have Google support our own infrastructure. These resources make our future more secure, our monthly burn rate more manageable, and ultimately provide a stronger partner for serving high volumes of traffic in the long-term. 

As you can probably tell, the team is ecstatic about this news. With Google Cloud Platform and Firebase,  we are able to lower the cost of building the new infrastructure significantly, focus our financial resources on hiring the best people, and establish long-term partnership with a company that we have so much respect for. Check out our newsletter this week to read 50 awesome stories about Google from the Hacker Noon library!

Our campaign is heading toward the finish line! We just need a little more of your help for that to become fully subscribed. 

Are you ready to join Hacker Noon’s next chapter? Click that invest button today! 

I’ll leave you guys with this awesome GIF Kien created this week, that will be our Hacker Noon email signature from now on. Thanks, GCP team, for the inspiration!:)

Until next time, we wish you an amazing holiday season!

Linh Dao Smooke, David Smooke, and the Hacker Noon team. 

DigitalOcean, Daniel Jeffries, and Vietnam Blockchain Day!

11 months ago

Good morning everyone!

It's a bright and sunny Friday here in Hanoi. We have some great news to announce today. But first, campaign progress update: we are now at 634 investors, 730k+ total raise (68% of goal), with 3 weeks left. Almost there! Special shout out to Stefan Taylor, Javis Luong, and Jawad Ayaz. Your trust means the world to us. 

This week, we are excited to onboard quite a few clients to Hacker Noon 2.0. Some of them are repeat clients, and some are brand new ones. Excited to work with Pramp, Etheremon, Harbor, Pubnub, Platio, and DititalOcean

DigitalOcean is the world's 3rd largest hosting company. We've published a ton of content about them on Hacker Noon.

For more information regarding our sponsorship program, stay tuned while we're building our custom sponsor experience, but you can always email partners@hackernoon.com to get a custom quote :) 

On the podcast front, this week, Trent & Derek have interviewed some of the most amazing guests, resulting our most downloaded week yet! Check out this special episode we did with Daniel Jeffries - futurist, thinker, and Hacker Noon OG contributor

You can also view it here on YouTube. 

And lastly, we are excited to be a VIP media partner at Vietnam's Blockchain Day this weekend. It will be our first look into the Blockchain space in Asia, before having our own Hacker Noon event in Hanoi later next week. Stay tuned for our updates on that. 

Lots of China, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong-based companies will be at the conference

Until next time - hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

- Linh Dao Smooke 

Notice of Funds Disbursement

11 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Hacker Noon has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Hacker Noon be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

HALFWAY THERE!

11 months ago

Hello, Linh here. I'm back in the office after my grandma's funeral. It's been a tough week, but work is stabilizing. 

I can't believe we're already at the halfway checkpoint for this 60-day campaign! Hard work is paying off and we have a lot more hard work in front of us. Hacker Noon reached $700k+ raised (65% of goal) and this week welcomes 100+ new investors! Special shout out to Arvind Raman, Kevin Koo Seng Kiat, Tran (Jen) Le, and Kelly Hatch. Thank you so much to all our investors. 

We've been hard at work. Dane & Gian are making great strides on our new tech stack. We're all very excited to streamline our writer onboarding experience and improve our contributing writer dashboard. My focus has been on pre-selling sponsorships for Hacker Noon 2.0 (contact partners@hackernoon.com for more info) - we have some great brands to announce soon. 

But today, I thought we'd share where our *very* distributed, expanding team at Hacker Noon works. We span across 4 different continents, from the US, to Asia, to Europe, and South America. We plan to meet each other once every quarter if this raise is fully subscribed! 

Normally, David & I are based in Colorado & Kien (our in-house designer and community manager) is based in the UK. For the month of December, all 3 of us are all based in Vietnam. We've set up shop at the Toong Coworking Space in Hanoi. 

Gian, our lead frontend developer, splits his time between Colombia & the US. Here he is in his apartment in Bogotá, Columbia. 

Derek is our in-house, San Francisco-based musician. He composes original music & make tons of awesome edits for our Hacker Noon podcast and Hacker Noon videos

Trent, our podcast host, wears a mask while working in his home office during the worst of the California wild fires. 

Our lean team is primed to expand, and we are extremely blessed to onboard these amazing people to Hacker Noon. Part-time or full-time, we all working towards one mission: providing the best sh*t for tech professionals! And for that, we need YOUR help. Spread the word. Your investment will help make Hacker Noon 2.0 an even better destination for tech reads. 

The campaign will still runs for another 29 more days - and we can't wait to serve you better each & every day! Thank you. 

- Linh Dao Smooke 

Notice of Funds Disbursement

12 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Hacker Noon has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Hacker Noon be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

HACKERNOON'S 3RD WEEK UPDATE

12 months ago

This week, Hacker Noon welcomes 50 new investors from around the world and we've reached ~650k total investment - 60% of goal! We're happy with the progress considering that it was a very long Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope that everyone survives their turkey lulls and holiday sales email barrage - and is ready to make some long-term investments again :-) Special shout out to my former Minerva colleague Will Houghteling, long time reader Steven Yuan, and our awesome nanny Jeanette, among our new investors. Your trust means a lot to us.

Some exciting news from Hacker Noon: we hired our first developer - Gian Franco Vitola! He officially started yesterday after several rounds of interviews, technical challenges, & numerous conversations with our team. After chatting to hundreds of candidates, we're so happy to finally find "the one." He's everything we wanted in a Lead Front End Developer and more. Gian is a hard worker with a broad set of frontend and backend skills. He is also mentally flexible and has some intangible qualities that will help us establish a positive culture. Gian's first few weeks will be spent thinking about big-picture questions & building MVP ideations and iterations. He will be working closely with Dane our interim CTO. More product updates coming up soon. 

Hailing from Venezuela, Gian Franco brings a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, with an emphasis in product engineering. When he’s not developing products, he’s honing his musical skills and venturing through digital worlds! (or as it’s commonly referred to, playing video games).

In other news, we recently released our live podcast at the University of Boulder, where in David & I talked about the ups & downs of building Hacker Noon with Prof Nathan Schneider, one of Hacker Noon contributors.  You can check it out on iTunes, PodBean, Google Play, or wherever you listen to your podcast. You can also view it on Youtube or read about it on this Hacker Noon blog post. We hope you enjoy the episode and learn a bit more about us - the people behind Hacker Noon :-)

Shoutout to Derek Bernard for the awesome edit works on the podcast!

Earlier in the week, KingsCrowd, an Independent Equity CrowdFunding Rating Service, crowned us as one of their top deals!  Don't forget to check out the founders bio they did with us previously.

Lastly, we'd like to remind everyone that although there are 37 days left in the campaign, there's a high chance that we will close early. We are looking at several potential large investments this coming week. If you've been thinking about investing in Hacker Noon, no time is better than right now :) 

And of course, we are working hard every day to deserve your investment. Thank you for believing in us.

- Linh Dao Smooke

HACKERNOON'S 2ND WEEK UPDATE

12 months ago

Another amazing week has passed and Hacker Noon has now been backed by 492 investors with $628k total investment! 58% of goal in just under 2 weeks. We've said this before and we'll say this again: we can't thank you enough!  Equity crowdfunding is amazing. #community

Our real CEO Norah Smooke is featured yet again, at age 1.5

Who says a tech startup has to be based in San Francisco? Since our campaign launched, we've received lots of local love around the Vail Valley.  Since moving here, our traffic grew from 1M to just over 8M monthly, and our revenue became steadier than ever. There's something to be said about getting away from the distractions, hustle and bustle of city life. We create opportunities where we are :-) 

Shout out to Craig McLeod of Rever; Matthew Timmerman of Vail Valley Food Tour; & Jordan Benjamin of Hubspot! We are thankful for you - our friends, neighbors and now Hacker Noon's shareholders. Also a big shout out to our local coworking space Colorado Workspace and our favorite community-centered café Hovey & Harrison, for cordially hosting us. We love to support other local businesses. And as of this morning, we've made it to our local newspaper Vail Daily! Check out this profile by Scott Miller featuring Hacker Noon (pictured above). 

A couple of days ago, a fellow StartEngine issuer Chris Lustrino of KingsCrowd reached out to us about covering our story (pictured below). His business covers other equity crowdfunding campaigns and publishes exclusive content & ratings in the equity crowdfunding space. Check them out if you're already a registered user on StartEngine. 


Thanks Chris Lustrino for featuring us on KingsCrowd.

When we first launched this campaign, we knew we'd receive a lot of love & support from our community. However, we didn't anticipate the speed at which the campaign would grow! There are still 46 days left on the campaign but there is a chance we will close early if we reach $1.07M before the closing date. If you or anyone you know is interested, now is the time to click that invest button

And lastly, we've been working hard to ramp up Hacker Noon 2.0. Stay tuned for our update later this week. Hint: it might have something to do with our CTO Dane Lyons, his (growing) team & an exciting partnership with a large blockchain company. 

Onwards! 

-Linh & David Smooke

HACKERNOON'S 1ST WEEK UPDATE

12 months ago

Wow. What a week. In just over 7 days, we have reached 491k total investment from 392 investors.

Let me say that again, for the facts to sink in: Almost.half.a.million.dollars. 45% of our goal. In just over a week

Thanks BTCManager for this kind feature. We love the cat! 

This will not be possible without our amazing community of 7k writers and 200k daily readers from all over the world. All week, we've been getting enormous support and feedback from big-name investors like Garry Tan & Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital (pictured below) to friends, family, and neighbors; from dedicated contributors like Carson Gibbons, Nele Maria Palipea, Nick Soman, Kevin Natanzon, Kiba Gateaux, Mark Nadal, Prahalad Belavadi, Blockchain Author & Ramón Cacho‏, to readers like Wladimir Weinbender, Ugolino, Elving Rodriguez, Ryan Who Codes, Brother Doyle & Ross Campbell; from US investors like Olga Krieger, Mark Roudebush, & Aaron Silverman, to international investors like Geoffrey Mahugu‏, Andras Caron, Rebe Wheeler, Felipe Rueda & Tom Terado.  You can read more kind words from our recent investors here


Thanks, Alexis! Big fan of you, Reddit, & Serena! 

Thanks, Garry! Big fan of the Honeybadger Fund and the work you do for tech community. 

We've been featured in French and apparently creating buzz in Japan.  We will keep you posted on upcoming press as a few have asked us to interview with them.

We are truly honored by your support - it's validating & humbling in the best way. When we received the news a few months back about our main revenue stream being cut off, we were presented with two choices: sell the company for a below market value, or take investment and build our own infrastructure. We are so glad we've chosen the latter. Thank you for rallying behind us with this move. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for trusting Hacker Noon to grow & be the best destination for tech professionals to read & publish.

We will work harder & harder every day for you. Thank you. 

12 hours left till 5% discount ends!

about 1 year ago

Since our last update, our total raise has increased to $369k, from 301 investors! We are truly floored by your support.

This is a friendly reminder that the Early Bird Discount (5% off share price) ends 11:59 pm tonight (Pacific Time). There are still 12 hours left!

If you have any colleague, friend or family who might be interested in purchasing shares in Hacker Noon, now is the time to tell them!

Our target raise of $1.07M is looking closer & closer to a reality, thanks to YOU. We will work harder & harder every day for YOU. 

Kind Regards,

-Linh & David Smooke

We’re almost a third of the way there!

about 1 year ago

Wow! We have already raised $331k in just 3 days. Thank you so much to our new 245 new shareholders. We will work hard for you. Linh & I have spent 2+ months preparing for this page to make it the ultimate resource for potential investors. We are extremely grateful that the campaign is off to a strong start. 

We both gave talks at Leeds School of Business at Boulder yesterday about the power of equity crowdfunding. Here’s a footage of one of the talks if you’re interested. As a lean, independently-owned & community driven business, we strongly believe in the power of the community, or, “the crowd”. The tremendous progress we have so far proves just that. We were as excited to see small minimum investments as to see 5 digit or 6 digit ones. The amount invested matters less in a crowdfunding like this. When you invest, you show your trust in us; and we are honored. 

If you have any family, friend or coworker who might be interested, feel free to share the page with them!

Thank you for rallying behind us. We will work very hard to deserve your investments. 

Picture: CEO David & COO Linh (and real CEO Norah) after giving talks at the Concious Capitalism conference at the Leeds Business School in Boulder & Disruptive Entrepreneurship class (taught by Hacker Noon contributing writer Nathan Schneider).

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