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The current business model of Patreon is not sustainable  ↦

Jack Conte, the founder of Patreon, said the following in a report from Brandon Gomez on regarding Patreon’s sustainability as it relates to their recent rapid growth:

The reality is Patreon needs to build new businesses and new services and new revenue lines in order to build a sustainable business.

This thread from Dan Olson on Twitter is worth reading. It started off with this Tweet:

I don’t want to be doom and gloom, but Patreon is about to eat itself. Or, more specifically, the investors who demand geometric growth are about to demand Patreon eat itself.

I take particular interest in their revenue which is estimated at $55M versus the $107M of venture capital raised and how that relates to sustainability and the choices founders make on their journey to succeed and/or survive.


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