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The Readup Collective

Building a social reading platform

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Help us keep Readup up & running, so you can keep reading! Get the "Reader" title from 3$+/mo 🗞❤️

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Top financial contributors

Joanne Rice

$500 USD since Jul 2022

Pegeen and George

$200 USD since Jul 2022


$90 USD since Jun 2022

Thor Galle

$80 USD since May 2022

Jeff Camera

$70 USD since May 2022


$50 USD since Jun 2022

jo anne

$50 USD since Mar 2023


$3 USD since Jun 2022

The Readup Collective is all of us

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Thor Galle


$80 USD

Jeff Camera


$70 USD

Joanne Rice

$500 USD

Pegeen and Ge...

$200 USD


$90 USD



$50 USD

jo anne

$50 USD


$3 USD


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Today’s balance

$155.30 USD

Total raised

$939.80 USD

Total disbursed

$784.50 USD

Estimated annual budget

$1,140.82 USD


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News from The Readup Collective

Updates on our activities and progress.

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

The Readup Collective has launched!

As previously announced in our "Free Readup" announcement blog post, we have now created an...
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Published on May 24, 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 hunderds 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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