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It appears that TikTok US’s former head of product, has said the quiet part out loud. According to Sean Kim, TikTok’s Creator Fund isn’t concerned with helping creators monetize their content. In 2020, TikTok announced the launch of a $200 million creator fund to help US creators monetize. They later increased this fund to $2 billion. In Europe, the company announced a $70 million fund that was expected to rise to $300 million within three years. TikTok agreed to pay fund participants on a sliding scale based on how well their videos

Frequency People is the Black-owned social collaboration platform that lets creators control almost every aspect of the online communities they build. Individual users and businesses can create a public or private community to connect with those with similar interests. Followers can join these communities or networks and choose to pay for access to exclusive content. This means that brands, influencers, artists, and other creatives can seamlessly monetize their followers through ticket sales, ads, subscriptions to exclusive lives, AR content, and NFTs. Atlanta-based duo John York and John McAdory founded Frequency

TikTok-owner ByteDance has launched a new app called Lemon8 that is helping some content creators monetize their work. What is Lemon8?  Lemon8 is a social media app centered around lifestyle and community. The content-sharing platform has been designed to help creators monetize their work and reach a wider audience. The picture-based app, described as a fusion of Instagram and Pinterest, first launched in Japan in 2020 and is now available to download in several countries.  To help the platform’s expansion, ByteDance has decided to start paying creators to post on the

Earlier this week, Beyoncé shut down the internet after announcing she would release tickets for her long-awaited world tour. However, many fans were disappointed to discover that the tickets would be released in partnership with Ticketmaster.  The singer and songwriter – who yesterday made history as the most awarded artist in Grammy history – is set to embark on her most in-demand tour yet for her most recent album, Renaissance. The demand for tickets was reportedly 800% higher than the supply, leading to Ticketmaster’s platform unexpectedly shutting down – putting

24-year-old content creator, Shevon Salmon, is one of a few people turning their passion for tech into a sustainable income.  Before picking up his camera for thousands of viewers, Salmon first discovered his love for videography after the birth of his little sister, who he spent most of his time recording. The love he developed for technology – which started as a simple hobby – has sparked the growth of his career on social media.  Salmon’s YouTube covers various topics, including new tech drops, gaming videos, lifestyle and testing out

From a mere idea to becoming the chosen social media platform for many, Spill is on the road to becoming one of the most inclusive social platforms.  Earlier this week, founders Alphonzo Terrell and DeVaris Brown announced the close of their $2.75M pre-seed funding round for the social platform Spill.  The pre-seed funding round  Even though Black founders tend to go unnoticed when seeking venture capital funding for their business, Terrell and Brown were able to sell their business model to investors in just 10 minutes.  The funding round, which was co-led by MaCVentureCap and Kapor Center, also

TikTok is celebrating US Black History Month with its first-ever Visionary Voices list, as well as a range of in-app content and IRL events. #BlackTikTok This month, TikTok will be hosting a range of LIVE in-app events featuring inspiring Black creatives and innovators across several industries. The in-app #BlackTikTok hub will also feature stories from Black creators, Black-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations and the sounds page will feature special guests and album playlists showcasing Black talent across music genres.  TikTok is also taking its celebrations offline with the third instalment

Miiriya has been flooded with messages of support after the online marketplace for Black-owned businesses announced its upcoming closure.  The brainchild of Lamine Loco, Miiriya is a platform connecting Black-owned businesses with consumers – kind of like an Etsy or Amazon for Black businesses. The name comes from Loco’s native language, Bambara/Dioula, and means “thoughts” or “ideas.” Committed to the circulation of the Black dollar, Miiriya lets vendors sign up without transaction or listing fees. They also pay credit card and PayPal fees out of pocket, so vendors receive 100% of

Over half (54%) of the jobs at tech companies are non-technical roles – which is great news for those of us who thought C# was a musical note. Here’s a roundup of some of the many ‘non-technical’ roles at tech companies you can apply for on POCIT! “I genuinely thought it was only the coders that would be able to make the most money and the biggest change in the tech world and I was wrong.” – Nakita Austin, Customer Success Director Marketing A tech company may make a life-changing

Are we leaving Twitter or not? That’s the question many Black Twitter users have been asking themselves for months now. The only problem is, where exactly will we be leaving to go?  What is Spill?  Enter: Spill. The social media app, designed by former Twitter employees, Alphonzo “Phonz” Terrell and DeVaris Brown, is slowly becoming the chosen alternative for many.  The pair who met on their first day working at Twitter made friends after noticing they were the only Black guys. Their friendship has since blossomed into a partnership that led

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