Hacker Noon offering is now closed and is no longer accepting investments.


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This Reg CF offering is made available through StartEngine Capital, LLC. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.
Hacker Noon

$1,064,323.11 Raised




1099 Capitol Street Suite 221
Eagle, CO 81631


David Smooke
David Smooke

David Smooke is the leader of Hacker Noon. He grew the company from a boutique marketing agency (ArtMap Inc) into a publishing powerhouse (AMI Publications) in 3 years - and for most of that time single-handedly. David is relentless in his pursuit of the story. He begins his every morning by reviewing the best Hacker Noon story submissions from all around the internet. Previously, David was part of the founding team at SmartRecruiters, the talent acquisition suite. He graduated from University of Redlands with degrees in Creative Writing & Economics. In his spare time, David reports to the actual CEO of Hacker Noon, his daughter Norah.

Linh Dao Smooke
Linh Dao Smooke

Linh Dao Smooke makes Hacker Noon profitable. Since she joined full-time, Hacker Noon has grown 2.5x in traffic & 2.7x in revenue. Previously, she was head of Asia Marketing at Minerva Project ($100M in funding). Linh also founded the first creativity camp in Vietnam, CKP, which continues to empower Viet students 7 years in. Her experience in education has been instrumental in how Hacker Noon onboards, nurtures, and serves its community of writers and sponsors. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Development. In Linh’s spare time, she sleeps. As a new mother & an entrepreneur, she doesn’t really have spare time.

Dane Lyons

Dane Lyons

Interim CTO

The founder/CEO of v1labs, Dane has been hacking things on the web for over 15 years. Previously, he was Founder & CTO of Knowtify, a Techstars company that got acquired by Kissmetrics. Exploring new product concepts is what keeps him up at night. He will be evaluating potential hires and working with the new team to build our own infrastructure.

Hacker 1

Hacker 1

Now Hiring

Front End Developer. This role owns everything front end and requires strong design chops. You'll work with the vision/copy/PM-ing of the founder, part-time designers/artists, and one back end developer.

Hacker 2

Hacker 2

Now Hiring

Back End Developer. This role owns everything back end and requires strong design chops. You'll work with the vision/copy/PM-ing of the founder, part-time designers/artists, and one front end developer. Ideally, you've worked on content management systems before, and maybe even built your own.

Trent Lapinski

Trent Lapinski

Hacker Noon Podcast Host

Trent Lapinski first made his impact on Silicon Valley covering Steve Jobs keynotes in his teens, and later in his twenties building tech startups. Now in his early thirties, Trent is a future-focused technologist, journalist, hacker, and former startup founder with a successful exit. Lately, Trent's been interviewing tech best leaders for the Hacker Noon podcast.

Jay Zalowitz

Jay Zalowitz

Co-founder & Advisor

Jay's a hacker for good who works at Capital One as Principal Engineer. He was essential to recruiting contributors in the early days of Hacker Noon. Today, he remains an editor and community advocate, who occasionally leads Hacker Noon special projects.


Hacker Noon
Mar 5, 2019

Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares

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)

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) 


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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There’s a Hack That Can Win the Majority of HQ Trivia Games

Originally published on Hacker Noon.

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See What Facebook (Thinks It) Knows About You

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.

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Cryptokitties had a glitch that allowed for unlimited automatic likes

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

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Over 1.3 million anti-net neutrality FCC comments are likely fakes

Source: published on Hacker Noon

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Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest Sip

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.



Only 11 hours left!

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!

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….


$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!

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!

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

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


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.



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

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

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

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!

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


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


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.





Cancel anytime before 48 hours before a rolling close or the offering end date.



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For Regulation A+, StartEngine allows for a four-hour cancelation period. Once the four-hour window has passed, it is up to each company to set their own cancelation policy. You may find the company’s cancelation policy in the company’s offering circular.

Once your investment is canceled, there is a 10-day clearing period (from the date your investment was submitted). After your funds have cleared the bank, you will receive your refund within 10 business days.

Refunds that are made through ACH payments can take up to 10 business days to clear. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of the bank, but we will do everything we can to get you your refund as soon as possible. However, every investment needs to go through the clearing process in order to get sent back to the account associated with the investment.

Both Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding) and Title IV (Reg A+) help entrepreneurs crowdfund capital investments from unaccredited and accredited investors. The differences between these regulations are related to the investor limitations, the differing amounts of money companies are permitted to raise, and differing disclosure and filing requirements. To learn more about Regulation Crowdfunding, click here, and for Regulation A+, click here.


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