We’re a small, smart and nimble team of coders and designers with a vision for a better and fairer way to monetize content.

At Unlock, we believe the web needs a new business model. We believe the decentralization promise of the web cannot be achieved if economic incentives are not aligned between consumers and creators.

For this, we're building a protocol which lets anyone sell memberships to their work and for consumers to earn points when they discover and promote the best creations.
The Unlock Protocol can be applied to publishing (paywalls), newsletters, software licenses or even the physical world, such as transportation systems. The web revolutionized all of these areas - Unlock will make them economically viable.


Our work matters. We are building a healthier web ecosystem. If this is something that you would like to help us with, please, join us!

Julien Genestoux

I am an entrepreneur and a software engineer. I am a vocal web advocate who co-authored the W3C WebSub protocol. I sold my previous company, Superfeedr, an RSS feed API, to Medium. Born in France, I currently live in Brooklyn.

Personal site - LinkedIn

Sascha Mombartz

I am an artist and designer from no particular place. My work – multidisciplinary, spanning digital to physical – deals with the interaction between people and objects and questions our relationship with progress.

Personal site - LinkedIn


December 15, 2020

As an open protocol for memberships, we want Unlock to belong to its users. Today we are introducing the protocol's native token. More...

July 3, 2020

Leveraring the ERC20 approach to allowances lets creators easily create a recurring membership! More...

May 27, 2020

Our Public Lock contracts implements a hook pattern to let lock owners customize the behavior of their lock upon key purchases and key cancellations. More...

May 13, 2020

We publish our ABI as npm modules More...

April 29, 2020

The delegated provider allows the embedded paywall to synchronize with the provider used on the host page More...

April 16, 2020

Unlock memberships with credit cards, whether you use a crypto wallet, or not! More...

April 8, 2020

Unlock introduces a new paywall architecture in response to customer needs More...

April 1, 2020

V7 focuses on adding new features, revamping our access-control system, & general improvements to the codebase. More...

March 31, 2020

Cloudflare is a leading Content Delivery Network provider. Web sites and application can use Cloudflare to add a layer between consumers and their applications in order to increase delivery speed, reduce the impact of attacks... or, add an Unlock lock! More...

March 17, 2020

Glitch is a modern web development tool which lets you build fast, full-stack web apps in your browser. Here's how to add locks to these applications! More...

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