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The Readup Collective

Building a social reading platform

Today's Balance
Readup's Server Costs
per month
Estimated Monthly Budget


The Readup Collective is all of us

Our contributors 9

Thank you for supporting The Readup Collective.

Jeff Camera


$375 USD

Thor Galle


$220 USD

Joanne Rice

$500 USD

Pegeen & George

$400 USD


$210 USD



$105 USD

jo anne

$50 USD


$3 USD



$3 USD


Transparent and open finances.

-$178.24 USD
Invoice #196563

AWS Invoice

Online Subscriptions
from Shore Logic, LLC. to The Readup Collective
-$64.60 USD
Reimbursement #193737
Contribution #549054
Today’s balance

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Total raised

$1,671.14 USD

Total disbursed

$1,671.14 USD

Estimated annual budget

$735.76 USD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from The Readup Collective

Updates on our activities and progress.

Regarding your paused subscriptions & our future fiscal hosting situation

Hello Readup contributors, some important news! If you have been sending recurring donations to Readup via this Collective (thank you!), you may have gotten an email from Open Collective two days ago that mentioned the following:...
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Published on March 17, 2024 by Thor Galle

2023 Annual Update

2023 went by fast! Despite our limited time and resources, I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish this year and excited for the position it puts us in for 2024. What did you accomplish during 2023? How did you use mon...
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Published on December 22, 2023 by Jeff Camera

Readup's 2022 in review

Hello Readup follower, It’s Thor from Readup here. I’m writing to you today because I have to, but also because I really, really want to. My last Readup communication was in May, when we announced that Readup had become...
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Published on December 21, 2022 by Thor Galle


Readup started in 2016, when co-founder Bill Loundy called up his friend Jeff Camera with an idea: wouldn't it be cool if people could only comment on articles after reading them to completion? They built a free social reading platform where the act of reading was a kind of currency: people would link to articles, and the articles that got read most times to completion would be ranked on Readup's homepage.

The community grew to several hundreds of enthusiastic readers who enjoyed the platform's constraints: readers from around the globe posted articles, and the ones that the platform filtered out were diverse and interesting. Because of the completion requirement, the vibe in the comment section was positive, constructive and vulnerable. So much different from the rest of the internet!

For years, Bill, Jeff, and eventually their first employee Thor, tried to turn this cozy little corner of the internet into a sustainable business. In a last effort, they launched a radical direct reader-writer marketplace in 2021, where readers would pay writers per article completion. Unfortunately, the business failed, and the future of Readup's platform was at stake.

Many readers had spent thousands of hours reading and discovering great articles via Readup, and did not want to lose the platform. The founders decided to return to the free roots of Readup, and make it sustainable. This time, Readup's code would open-sourced, and its development would be supported by a non-profit, community-driven collective of builders. Welcome to The Readup Collective!

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