About

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.

Team

Akeem Adeniji

I'm a software engineer, comfortable wearing many hats, and excited to help build our future enabling people with technology. Prior to joining Unlock, I worked to launch and scale projects at Facebook.

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Ben Werdmuller

I work at the intersection of technology, media, and democracy. I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium and Latakoo, and invested in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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Christopher Nascone

I'm a software engineer from New Jersey, which means I have only one degree of separation from the entire staff of Bell Labs. When I'm not on the computer, you might find me wandering around in the woods.

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Gregory Beaver

I am a symbiotic organism, thriving in both music and the art of software development. 18 years as cellist of The Chiara Quartet, and now a soloist and composer matches equal experience in open source.

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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.

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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.

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News

July 14, 2019

Locks are the core of the Unlock protocol. There are smart contracts deployed on the Ethereum chain which lets your community become members by purchasing keys! More...

July 10, 2019

Integrating Unlock with React is straighforward! Here's a quick tutorial on how to get there! More...

July 2, 2019

The Unlock API is flexible and easy to use. Now any Known user can use Unlock on their website with a simple plugin. Here's how we did it. More...

July 2, 2019

A quick exploration into blockchain wallets, their applications and why they're so powerful. More...

June 27, 2019

Identifying Mission, Vision and Values informs business strategy and paints a holistic and accurate picture of a business. More...

June 23, 2019

Non Fungible are one of the largest emerging token categories in the crypto asset world. We presented an intro to them at Betaworks Studios! More...

June 19, 2019

The Unlock protocol provides a way for people to show their support and access exclusive content, features, or even status. It is a web-native way for creators to monetize their work. More...

June 13, 2019

A lot of the creators that we spoke with were concerned by the volatile nature of Ether when using it to price their keys: we needed to support stable coins. The ERC20 standard is a way to create tokens which are all compatible, even though they may have different implementations. More...

May 24, 2019

Find out how a single key together with your wallet can unlock anything from tickets to content. More...

May 16, 2019

More info and a livestream for registred participants. More...

Check out our open source code on GitHub, come work with us or simply get in touch.