Join us for a captivating discussion with Substack’s co-founder and CEO, Chris Best to discuss how Substack is creating a new model for quality writing in the age of the internet, built on a direct relationship between writers and readers.
Substack is a subscription newsletter company whose goal is to build a better business model for writing. In a recent interview in the New York Times, The CEO Chris Best described his desire to “shift how we experience culture on the internet” and to bring “art into the world…., Substack in its fullest ambition is kind of this alternate universe on the internet.”
Substack has transformed the media landscape by making it easier than ever for anyone to start a subscription newsletter, and be paid directly by their readers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is trying “to create new opportunities for some high-profile journalists to capitalize on their personal brands, potentially earn more income and get greater editorial autonomy than they typically enjoy.” Substack and other platforms make it easy for writers with followings to “distribute and monetize their own newsletters.”
Founded in 2017 by Chris Best, Hamish McKenzie, and Jairaj Sethi, Substack participated in Y Combinator and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, among other investors. The company announced in November 2021 that they had more than 1 million paid subscriptions to newsletters on the platform.
Best will discuss the story of Substack’s founding and its growth into a leading subscription newsletter company. He will touch upon the shifts in the media landscape and the implications for journalists, writers and producers in the arts as well as readers and how things will continue to shift in the future. Best will talk about his experience as an entrepreneur in an emerging landscape and how his past experiences prepared him to found and lead Substack.
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This event is Off The Record. NO PRESS
Participants must register by Noon on May 25th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Co-founder and CEO of Substack
Chris Best is co-founder and CEO of Substack, a subscription publishing platform for independent writers. Founded in 2017, Substack creates a better future for writing by letting writers own their work and their relationship with their audience.
Before Substack, Chris was the co-founder and CTO of the mobile messenger app, Kik. From 2009 – 2017, Chris helped scale Kik and build a product used by over 300 million users.
Chris graduated from the University of Waterloo and is based in San Francisco.
Senior Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives at RFBinder
Rebecca Binder is Senior Managing Director at RFBinder, a communications and consulting firm. At RFBinder, she is responsible for the development and implementation of Strategic Initiatives for the firm. She oversees strategic planning, expansion of products and services to meet emerging client needs, new business development, talent and culture development, operational efficiency, and strategic communications consulting. Over the course of her career, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, international organizations, nonprofits, and start-ups. Prior to RFBinder, Rebecca worked at Innosight, a growth strategy consulting firm, where she advised C-suite executives on developing long-term transformational growth strategies in the face of disruption. Binder was recently recognized as a 2019 Next Gen to Watch by Family Business Magazine for her work at RFBinder. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. with honors in International Relations from Brown University.
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