Means of Creation

Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Work is changing. The old structures that dominated the 20th century are gradually being replaced by platforms and cultures that have grown up on the internet that aim to help people do what they love for a living. Li and Nathan unpack this new passion economy in a weekly conversation with guestsRead more
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Best Episodes

#20 — Eugene Wei on all things technology, film and media

Dec 8, 2020

"Eugene Wei summarizes status as a service"




Since 2001, Eugene Wei has been publishing a blog and newsletter called Remains of the Day, where he writes about technology and media. The blog distills complicated consumer tech trends not just from a product design standpoint, but also from a user psychology perspective. His essays on Status asRead more

#17 — Aella on being a top 0.08% OnlyFans creator and opportunities for tech in the adult content world

Nov 9, 2020

""Just because you're amplifying your sexuality doesn't mean that you're distributing your sexuality.""



Aella is an OnlyFans creator who is in the top 0.08% of all creators on the platform. Founded in 2016, OnlyFans is a platform that is revolutionizing sex work, allowing creators to sell subscriptions for premium content, as well as earn tips from their fans and charge for pay-per-view messages.TheRead more

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#15 — Taylor Lorenz on the creator economy, online entrepreneurship, the changing media landscape, & more

Oct 26, 2020

"Why the passion economy is disruptive"



Li Jin and Nathan Baschez interview Taylor Lorenz, a technology reporter for the New York Times covering internet culture. Her reporting is consumed avidly by venture capitalists, founders, and anyone curious about how the internet is shaping culture and how humans express themselves. She hasRead more

#22 — Chris Messina on why the passion economy needs a more stable foundation to keep expanding

Dec 21, 2020

"Being on Product Hunt is a way to surf in the future"



Chris is best known for inventing the now ubiquitous hashtag, but his work over the last 15 years spans social technology, product design, synthetic media, founder culture and mental fitness. Currently, Chris helps founders and creators with their Product Hunt launches. His insight into socialRead more

#21 — Nadia Eghbal on the parallels between open-source software development and online creators

Dec 15, 2020

"S/O to Superpeer as a way to monetize your Substack following!"


This week on Means of Creation, we talked to Nadia Eghbal!Nadia’s work has focused on the reputation-based economies that drive creator and open-source developer communities. She currently is the Head of Writer Experience at Substack and previously helped build open-source developer experiencesRead more

#28 - Sam Lessin

Feb 24, 2021

"Community in Early Internet Days "

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#9 — Polina Marinova on The Profile, being an independent writer, and changes in the media industry

Sep 28, 2020

" Can writers pick up business skills?"

Polina Marinova offers the perfect upgrade to your reading diet. She writes The Profile: a newsletter of the world’s greatest people and companies in business, entertainment, tech, sports, and more. Previously, she was an editor at Fortune Magazine, writing Term Sheet, their daily newsletterRead more
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