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 restrict access 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.

Personal site - LinkedIn

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

October 2018

In a world where corporations control our conversations, removing middlemen is more important than ever. More...

July 2018

We received $1.7M in funding from the following investors: General Catalyst and by Cherry Ventures and with participations from Consensys Ventures, Kindred Ventures, Betaworks, 122 West, La Famiglia, Coinbase Ventures and a group of stellar business angels.  More...

April 2018

The web needs a better business model — and we believe the technology is finally here to do it. More...

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