Hi Dave, thanks for your question. I’m on the executive team at Patreon and was pretty bummed out reading this. The vast majority of creators on Patreon don’t use the platform at all like you’ve described it. I’m sorry you have that perception and maybe we can work to change it.
Hey Greg, thanks for asking this. I’m on the executive team at Patreon and know our investors pretty well. Our investors know that Patreon is a creator-first company with a very clear, creator-first mission and we make sure that they take that seriously.
Mike — your work is valuable. It takes work to make art and we should pay people for work. I welcome you to Patreon if you’re looking for a membership platform that makes it easy to get paid.
Full disclosure, I work for Patreon:
The thing is… there is a site that already does this and does it very well. It’s called Patreon and when you become a paying member of a writer on the platform (either monthly or per piece — their choice when they set up their page) they keep about 92% of that money. You’re paying them…
Lewis, thank you so much for sharing this. I’d like to extend an invitation to join the talented group of journalists on Patreon who have found their independence (enabled your fans) to be quite lucrative. Keep writing and creating what you want to create and let us know if you’d like to stop by our office to see what a truly inclusive workplace looks like.
Such a big fan of radical candor. We’ve built it into the core behaviors of @Patreon (we have 7). One approach we encourage people to take to be kind, respectful AND direct in their feedback is: “When you did X, it made me feel Y.” And we are direct and candid in our praise just as much as our coaching. Thanks for sharing!