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Kickstarter is launching a Patreon-like service. This should be interesting.


The big thing about this, from my point of view, is that Kickstarter is formally incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation. Basically this means they are *not* required to put increasing shareholder value ahead of all other goals, like the average corporation.

I don't know if I'll try to move over from Patreon to Kickstarter's Drip, but I sure as hell am glad to see something with the financial and brand power of KS out there to keep Patreon honest. Patreon has been pretty creator-focused so far, but they're still an Inc as far as I know - which means they're potentially only one regime change away from GOAL 1: MAXIMIZE SHAREHOLDER VALUE.

@anthracite Public-benefit corporations are a specific type of corporation that allow for public benefit to be a charter purpose in addition to the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profit for shareholders.[

@anthracite Kickstarter doesn't have shareholders? I hadn't realized that.

@sikkdays They have 'em. Or at least they did when they changed from a normal corporation to a PBC, according to [their post about it.](

They just aren't their #1 priority.

(They also make *fistfuls* of money with their little 5% off the top of every project that goes through them.)

@anthracite Did Patreon decide whether erotic content is still allowed or not, or are they still refusing to say exactly?

@CeruleanK I'm not sure; I haven't been keeping track. The latest stories I get with a quick google for 'patreon and porn' are all articles from Oct17, about how terrible this new no-porn regime will be.

@anthracite Honestly can't see many downsides to this. More ways to support artists are always a benefit, especially - /especially/ these days.