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The team behind XOXO is taking over Kickstarter’s Drip crowdfunding community

Two years ago, Kickstarter acquired Drip, an indie musician crowdfunding platform, on the eve of the service’s untimely demise. After relaunching Drip last year, Kickstarter is again reinventing the Patreon-like artist platform. This time, by placing it under the stewardship of two guys who love indie creators so much they dreamed up a whole festival about it.

The idea grew out of conversations between Kickstarter principal founder Perry Chen and Andy Baio, Kickstarter’s former (and first) chief technology officer and one half of XOXO Fest, a sometimes annual, very beloved celebration of independent artists and creators. XOXO co-founder Andy McMillan will join Baio on the project, with an undisclosed round of seed funding provided by Kickstarter.

“Andy [McMillan] and I had been thinking about this for some time,” Baio said in an interview with TechCrunch. “The whole thing being about celebrating independent artists, bringing them together to talk about difficult things… So much of what we’ve focused on was that: helping independent artists who use the internet to make a living.”

The two Andys (as they’re known at XOXO) maintain a very active year-round Slack composed of former XOXO attendees, a responsibility that’s seen them grow into their role as stewards of a community that’s taken on a life of its own, both online and off.

For their new project — the evolution of Drip into a yet-to-be-named community and crowdfunding hub — Baio and McMillan have formed a public-benefit corporation to reflect their values and those of Kickstarter, also a public-benefit corporation. Chen clarifies that the new site is separate from Kickstarter and will “not be a subsidiary in any way, wholly its own thing [with] its own leadership.”

It’s too early to say if Baio and McMillan plan to weave the new platform into XOXO Fest, but the two projects are “really closely aligned in mission,” Baio said. Some of Drip’s existing creators are XOXO Fest regulars and the event itself grew out of a successful Kickstarter that raised $175,511 back in 2012. 

“I think we’re all used to seeing at this point how the platforms that we use have failed,” Baio said. “The challenges that independent artists face are so profound already — to then have the tools and the platforms that you’re using work against you has been a painful thing.”

That pain was a central theme at XOXO Fest this year, which I attended. (Full disclosure: I was also an early member of the XOXO Outpost, a year-round creative space that grew out of the festival.) Across genres, writers, musicians and developers alike expressed concerns that unaddressed harassment, racism and misogyny had turned once well-loved social platforms against some of the users who need them most.

“We really hope that we can show people that this platform reflects the values and care we have for the artists that we care about,” Baio said. “We want it to be sustainable and independent for a long time.”


Source: TechCrunch

The 17 Best Horror Movies You Can Stream Right Now, From 'The Fly' to 'The Witch'

It’s Halloween! Time to stay in, eat someone else’s candy, and fire up some horror classics.
Source: Wired

How Mail Bombs Get Intercepted—And What Happens Next

Apparent mail bombs targeting Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN, and more all got caught before their final destination. Here’s how.
Source: Wired

These Wasp-Like Drones Lift Heavy Loads With Their Bellies

A new class of robots, called FlyCroTugs, can lift objects 40 times their weight, using design ideas borrowed from wasps and geckos.
Source: Wired

AMD’s next-generation Navi cards show promise in early lab testing

AMD’s next-generation Navi graphics architecture is reportedly undergoing internal testing at AMD’s labs and the latest rumors suggest that performance is good. How good? We’ll have to wait and see.

The post AMD’s next-generation Navi cards show promise in early lab testing appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google is giving you more control of your search history and privacy

In a blog post today addressing previous privacy concerns, Google announced that users now have more ways to control search history and their privacy across their desktop and mobile web browsing. 

The post Google is giving you more control of your search history and privacy appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

What Can the the Trolley Problem Teach Self-Driving Car Engineers?

New research finds Nicaraguans and Hondurans are less likely to choose to crash into fit people, and those from Japan or Indonesia would rather spare the lawful. But developers say the moral quandary just isn’t very helpful.
Source: Wired

Ginkgo Bioworks Is Turning Human Cells Into On-Demand Factories

The synthetic biology company has opened a new foundry to churn out mammal cells, first for drug development, and later to build potentially anything at all.
Source: Wired

Leak confirms new MacBook, Mac Mini, and iMac are incoming

In the latest round of Apple leaks, new filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission hint at several new MacBook, Mac Mini, and iMac models. The filings also show Apple model numbers which have never been seen before.

The post Leak confirms new MacBook, Mac Mini, and iMac are incoming appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Facebook is using AI to curb exploitative and naked images of kids – CNET

The social network removed 8.7 million pieces of content that fell into this category in the last quarter alone.
Source: CNET

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