Jack Conte wasn’t some starving artist eking out a living when he landed on the idea for Patreon. He and his wife’s indie band called Pomplamoose was pulling in about $400K a year at its height. But after spending three months and maxing out his credit cards producing an intricate music video for the song Pedals, Jack found himself burned out, sitting alone, literally crying from exhaustion. He felt there had to be a better way for creators to get paid for their work. Today, Jack and his co-founder Sam Yam are weighing the cost-benefit of taking Patreon public.
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