Q&A with Sari Azout on the future of media, community-driven knowledge networks, and the ownership economy

Hello hello Femstreet friends!

I’m Sari Azout - I spend my days investing, writing, building, and thinking about startups and the future of the Internet.

*Bonus: A fun Internet experiment I launched this morning to find a better business model for funding quality writing: ghostknowledge.com

A few threads I explore in my work:

1. Media in conditions of abundance: Technology has massively reduced the barriers to creating and distributing content. As a result, more and more people can now create content independent of legacy distribution and consumers are drowning in a virtually infinite supply of things to watch, listen to and read. In a world where attention is the key constraint, not capital or distribution, we’ll see a renewed focus on curation and tastemakers, as well as new media models that empower individuals to build a business around themselves.

2. Community-Curated Knowledge Networks: In a world of abundance, curation becomes increasingly important. But thus far, the conversation on curation has been too focused on the information and not enough on architecture; how we collect, store, augment, and utilize what’s already in our minds. Our current information architectures are oriented around the now, stripped of context, and designed for recreation, not thought.  The Internet offers us the first major opportunity to introduce new architectures that improve our understanding of the world through added context and relation.

3. New business models for funding quality writing: Ghost Knowledge is an experiment I launched today to find a better business model for funding quality writing. Context: Human evolution can be seen through the lens of publishing advancements; from oral language and the printing press to ad-funded Internet writing. Recently, subscription media has dominated the conversation, with Substack popularizing newsletter subscriptions as the dominant business model for writing online. But the paid newsletter model only works for a certain kind of writer – one that wants to primarily dedicate themselves to sharing their ideas online, consistently. The model doesn’t work for the inspired one-timer, busy founder, or expert practitioner that doesn’t want the pressure to publish often. Ghost Knowledge is an experiment to get the people who don’t write enough to share their knowledge.

4. The Ownership Economy: The intersection of Crypto x the Creator Economy is one of the more exciting spaces in tech right now. And a lot of the innovation is happening in what Jesse Walden calls the Ownership Economy, which tries to align incentives for the long-term among a variety of stakeholders.  In a world with more individual autonomy and direct to fan relationships, we’ll see new modes of collaboration between creators and their communities and creative organizations will begin to look more like flat peer-to-peer networks as opposed to hierarchies.

There’s so much more to Startupy, Ghost Knowledge, the future of media, curation, knowledge networks, and the ownership economy and I’m excited to chat with you all about it!

Join me for a conversation in the next hour 👇