Joe Rogan and the need for Sovereign Digital Space

Recently, Spotify announced it signed Joe Rogan, one of the most popular podcasters in the world, to a multi-year exclusive licensing deal. The move is a blow to Google-owned YouTube where “The Joe Rogan Experience” channel has nearly 9 million subscribers and pulled in over 2 billion views since it launched in 2013.

It is rumored that Rogan earns between $30-$50 million per year based on his YouTube channel. Details of the Spotify deal are not fully known. But, according to a person familiar with the matter, the licensing arrangement is worth more than $100 million.

Clearly, this is a big financial win for Rogan. It’s an even bigger win for Spotify. Since the announcement, Spotify’s market cap added over $20 billion.

Hard lessons learned and hope for a truly decentralized future

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One year ago our team embarked on the seemingly straightforward task of porting a decentralized streaming video application from the Ethereum blockchain to Tron.

I never could have imagined what would happen next…

Tron Foundation would single out our project as competition to BitTorrent Token (BTT) and go on to erase our presence from the Tron blockchain.

It is said that anything goes on the blockchain, but dang!

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Devastated but undeterred, the POP Network team would recover and spend the next twelve months reinventing ourselves and staying focused on our mission to bring decentralized streaming to the mainstream.

This is a goal fulfilled today with the testnet launch of our Masternode torrent network for cross-platform, device independent, peer-to-peer streaming. …


Valerian Bennett

Chief Unicorn Builder @ POP Network 🦄

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