A Special Thanks To Twitch And Namecheap For Providing The Matching Funds For Our Crowdfunding Campaign
from the step-on-up dept
your support will be immediately doubled thanks to matching funds. »
As we recently explained, the type of reporting we do isn’t always conducive to advertising support — in fact, our work on the SOPA fight caused us to lose a significant amount of revenue, and the blog itself operates at a loss. Earlier this month we announced that we were running a crowdfunding campaign on BeaconReader to fund our net neutrality coverage in particular — as that’s another subject that deserves deep-dive coverage, and which traditional advertisers don’t want to go anywhere near. One of the great things about working with BeaconReader was that they were able to line up matching funds, so that every donation to us is automatically doubled by the matching donors. Today we’re happy to announce that the first two matching donors have been revealed as Twitch and Namecheap — two companies that are dedicated to preserving an open and free internet, and who wanted to support our coverage in this way, by multiplying the impact of anyone who donates. We’re also announcing that Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian has backed our project as an “Event Sponsor,” for a net neutrality salon that we’ll be holding later this year.
We’re excited to have this support, and just as excited to see so many of you step up to back the project as well. We’re about a week away and there’s still a long way to go, but the initial support has been fantastic. If you enjoy what we do, and would like to see it continue (and go deeper and be more involved), please consider backing the project in the next week and thank Twitch and Namecheap for immediately doubling the impact of your support. If we succeed, we’ll be able to devote more time and resources to our net neutrality reporting, including bringing in additional voices, meeting with key players, and just generally spending more time digging into the details of this important topic — rather than having to spend it convincing advertisers that, no, we don’t want to force a giant annoying video to play on the site before you can read anything, because that’s not how we treat our community. It’s great that Twitch and NameCheap were willing to step up via BeaconReader, to show their commitment to dedicated, independent reporting on these important topics.