We've been following Julien's writing for some time (and featured a few of his posts too). Turns out he's been working on his next gig all along.
content for people unless they posses the right key.
The key itself is a non-fungible token (we talked about tokenizing subscriptions last week
) and on top of that there's a discount token that can be earned by sharing content.
This is awesome as it then becomes a platform layered on top of the existing web on which other content-related services can be built, like discovery for example.
The idea and vision are not entirely new: other than Brave Payments
for publishers, some may recall a service called Flattr
(founded in 2010 and ultimately acquired by Adblock Plus last year), that attempted at layering a centralized micro-payment service on top of the internet. It never really took off in a meaningful way, perhaps down to wrong timing. Medium itself has obviously been doing its thing with paid subscriptions and claps, and then we have things like Patreon and Staketree.
Perhaps not coincidentally, things seem to often fall together rather logically in this otherwise crazy industry. This week Vitalik publicly questioned
Coindesk calling a boycott on Consensus 2018, also Ryan hit pause
on his newly relaunched Daily Bit. Unlock unveiled. We are right in the middle of it with TE. It's clearer than ever that web publishing needs an alternative business model to ads or annoying paywalls, and perhaps the tools now exist to make that happen.