Li's Newsletter

Li Jin
Aspirationally weekly musings on consumer culture, tech, and the future.
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  • Atelier Ventures and Variant Fund are joining forces
    19 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 20 1
    Last summer, I left Andreessen Horowitz to start Atelier Ventures, an early-stage venture firm devoted to the passion economy: new platforms that enabled users to “monetize individuality.” In a world ...
  • Legitimacy Lost
    14 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 20 2
    [I regularly publish (another) newsletter called Means of Creation with the smart folks at Every. Below, I’m sharing our most recent essay on the legitimacy crisis in the creator economy. You can subs...
  • A Labor Movement for the Platform Economy
    24 Sep 2021 • 14 min read • 21 4
    [Hi readers, This essay was published today in Harvard Business Review. Hope you enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! -Li] By Li Jin, Scott Duke Kominers, and Lila Shroff In ...
  • The creator economy is in crisis. Now let’s fix it.
    10 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 42 7
    Illustration by Annie Zhao for Li’s Newsletter Nearly two years ago, I published “The Passion Economy and the Future of Work,” which laid out a vision for online work that was informed by and a reacti...
  • Apple is Holding Back the Creator Economy
    10 May 2021 • 8 min read • 30 6
    [Each week, I publish a newsletter called Means of Creation with the smart folks at Every, deep-diving into a topic in the passion economy. Below, I’m cross-posting our most recent essay on how Apple’...
  • The Case for Universal Creative Income
    21 Apr 2021 • 14 min read • 59 14
    By Li Jin and Lila Shroff Illustration by Annie Zhao for Li’s Newsletter Subscribe now In the 1930s, the New Deal was a series of programs and projects instituted to aid the unemployed, support econom...
  • Meet Atelier
    16 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 63 16
    Hi readers, Meet Atelier Ventures, my new VC firm investing in the passion economy! Many of you know that I’ve been actively investing in startups for the past several months, but now I’m finally maki...
  • We studied 50+ startups on TikTok and here’s what we found
    27 Jan 2021 • 2 min read • 13 0
    By Li Jin and Lila Shroff Brandon Handoko for Li’s Newsletter [This is a preview of a full post linked here] One morning a few weeks ago, we woke up to excited messages from friends telling us that ou...
  • Announcement: I’m teaching a course about the Creator Economy
    25 Jan 2021 • 1 min read • 16 8
    Hi readers, an exciting announcement ✨ I’m launching a cohort-based course about building for the Creator Economy! The tweet thread is here—join the discussion. I'll teach live classes with amazing gu...
  • Building the Middle Class of the Creator Economy
    17 Dec 2020 • 17 min read • 135 31
    [Hi readers, This essay was published today in Harvard Business Review. Hope you enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! -Li] [Update March 14, 2021: I minted my first-ever NFT ...
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