Popular ‘link-in-bio’ company now has $45m ash-in-bank

Have you ever seen someone post “link in bio” on Instagram. Turns it’s a huge business opportunity.

Kolby Hatch • April 1, 2021

Snap’s latest story: An acquisition to power up its ecommerce apparatus

Snapchat sees commerce as the future of its business. It’s taking a major step toward that future by buying Fit Analytics.

Jacob Cohen • March 22, 2021

What happened to the New York Times’ cooking community Facebook group?

The New York Times’ popular Facebook group is in disarray after the media company stopped moderating it.

Ethan Brooks • March 19, 2021

Sorry, parents, ‘influencer’ is a real job

New platforms and regulations are pushing the influencer economy to new heights.

Jacob Cohen • March 3, 2021

David Dobrik’s $200m photo app Dispo, explained

David Dobrik’s new photo app is shaking things up in Silicon Valley.

Jacob Cohen • February 26, 2021

Snap and Twitter are both on a roll

Snap and Twitter are seeing their fortunes rise with new features and product decisions.

Trung T. Phan • February 26, 2021

LinkedIn is building a gig marketplace. What you need to know.

LinkedIn is rolling out a gig marketplace to take on Fiverr and Upwork. Whether it can move the needle for Microsoft is up for debate.

Trung T. Phan • February 22, 2021

Nextdoor is the pandemic’s latest information battleground

Vaccine discussions are taking over the hyperlocal social platform.

Jacob Cohen • February 17, 2021

Meet Agora, the company powering Clubhouse

Agora is a $10B+ firm that offers “real-time audio and video” APIs. Its stock price has been riding the Clubhouse hype in recent weeks.

Trung T. Phan • February 15, 2021

A hot Chinese social app is a new entry point for foreign brands

RED is China’s go-to app for reviews. Now, foreign brands are flocking to it.

Shelley Tang • February 11, 2021

Meet Litquidity, Instagram’s most popular finance meme account

One of finance’s funniest meme brands is run by an anonymous Wall Street banker.

Trung T. Phan • February 8, 2021

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is valued at $180B. It’s worth way more.

ByteDance’s revenue in 2020 doubled to $37B. Is an IPO next?

Trung T. Phan • January 27, 2021

How does Taboola make money?

Taboola -- the ad company known for its chumbox -- will go public via a SPAC at a $2.6B valuation.

Trung T. Phan • January 27, 2021

Did social app Clubhouse just become a unicorn?

The social audio app could be worth $1B just 8 months after cracking a $100m valuation.

Trung T. Phan • January 25, 2021

Twitter’s plan to decentralize social media

Twitter’s Bluesky initiative would create a decentralized protocol that allows others to build their own custom social networks.

Trung T. Phan • January 22, 2021

Snap’s plan to beat TikTok: Pay people millions

Snap’s Spotlight program is paying out $1m a day to creators. Here are some people minting dough.

Trung T. Phan • January 21, 2021

Airrack’s race to 1m subscribers used all the tools of the new creator economy

YouTuber Airrack -- with the help of creator economy startup Stir -- used a viral stunt to get to 1m subs.

Trung T. Phan • January 19, 2021

It happened. Twitter shut down @realDonaldTrump for good

Twitter permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account. What comes next?

Trung T. Phan • January 11, 2021

Here are YouTube’s top earners in 2020

Forbes just released its top YouTube earners list… and 9-year-old Ryan Kaji tops it again.

Trung T. Phan • December 21, 2020

What are the memes of the year?

Buzzfeed just dropped its meme of the year list; here are our favorites.

Trung T. Phan • December 17, 2020

OnlyFans: From adult content to a multibillion-dollar creator-based empire

OnlyFans numbers are huge: 85m+ users, 1m+ creators, $2B in 2020 revenue.

Trung T. Phan • December 11, 2020

A Chinese tech deal shines a light on the $35B world of digital ad scams

Short-selling hedge fund alleges that YY Live is a multibillion-dollar fraud built on a clickfarm of bots.

Trung T. Phan • November 30, 2020

How Big Tech is prepping for elections

The measures that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are taking to stop the spread of election-related misinformation.

Trung T. Phan • October 28, 2020

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