2021 Creator Economy List

30 STARTUPS · 22 INVESTORS · $1B RAISED RECENTLY

A new economy is emerging on the Internet. Creative people from all over the world are turning their hobbies and passions into professional endeavors by making videos, art, music, and courses for loyal fans millions of miles away. Startups are powering this creative revolution by making it easy for creators to find an audience, manage their income, sell products, and engage with their communities. Below are the most exciting startups building for the Creator Economy right now. Like all companies on Startup Search Lists, these Creator Economy startups are backed by great venture firms, growing fast, and hiring now. Thank you to all of our judges who helped select the companies for this year's list.

Below are some of the most exciting startups building for the Creator Economy right now. Like all companies on Startup Search Lists, these Creator Economy startups are backed by great venture firms, growing fast, and hiring now.

JUDGES

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is an investor and Head of Content at venture capital fund SignalFire. Previously, he was Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch. He also runs PressClub, one of Clubhouse's top shows.

Josh Constine is an investor and Head of Content at venture capital fund SignalFire.

Tiffany Zhong

Tiffany Zhong is the one of the most sought-after youth trends and marketing experts. She’s the founder and CEO of Islands, and has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and many others.

Tiffany Zhong is the Gen Z Whisperer and is the founder and CEO of Islands.

Li Jin

Li Jin is the founder of Atelier, an early-stage firm investing in the passion economy. She's the co-host of the Means of Creation podcast, and a co-founder of Side Hustle Stack. Prior to Atelier, Li was a consumer investing partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Li Jin is the founder of Atelier, an early-stage firm investing in the passion economy.

Rex Woodbury

Rex Woodbury is an investor at Index Ventures, and is particularly interested in how people connect and create online. He writes one of the most popular creative economy newsletters, Digital Native.

Rex Woodbury is an investor at Index Ventures, and is interested in how people connect and create online.

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Figma
Helps teams create, test, and ship better designs from start to finish.
Figma
Helps teams create, test, and ship better designs from start to finish.
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OpenSea
The largest NFT marketplace.
OpenSea
The largest NFT marketplace.
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Discord
Voice, video, and text communication platform for communities of gamers.
Discord
Voice, video, and text communication platform for communities of gamers.
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Stir
Where creators run their business.
Stir
Where creators run their business.
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Monthly
Monthly creates hands-on, one-month classes with the world’s best creators.
Monthly
Monthly creates hands-on, one-month classes with the world’s best creators.
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Creative Juice
The financial network for creators.
Creative Juice
The financial network for creators.
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Islands
Platform to help creators monetize across content, community, and commerce
Islands
Platform to help creators monetize across content, community, and commerce
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Karat
The first corporate card for creators.
Karat
The first corporate card for creators.
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Substack
Making it easier for writers to start and monetize email newsletters.
Substack
Making it easier for writers to start and monetize email newsletters.
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100 Thieves
Operating top e-sports teams and lifestyle brands.
100 Thieves
Operating top e-sports teams and lifestyle brands.
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Foundation.app
Blockchain-based art marketplace intended for creators, curators, and tastemakers.
Foundation.app
Blockchain-based art marketplace intended for creators, curators, and tastemakers.
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Collective
First, online back-office platform designed for self-employed people.
Collective
First, online back-office platform designed for self-employed people.
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Rarible
Create, sell, and collect digital items.
Rarible
Create, sell, and collect digital items.
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Descript
Allowing audio and producers to collaborate, edit, mix, and master their content more effectively.
Descript
Allowing audio and producers to collaborate, edit, mix, and master their content more effectively.
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Cameo
Personalized videos feauring your favorite stars
Cameo
Personalized videos feauring your favorite stars
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Linktree
Providing a link in bio platform that makes users' online content more discoverable & easy to manage.
Linktree
Providing a link in bio platform that makes users' online content more discoverable & easy to manage.
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Beacons
A link-in-bio platform for creators to build their businesses.
Beacons
A link-in-bio platform for creators to build their businesses.
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Luma
Event hosting platform designed to host virtual classes.
Luma
Event hosting platform designed to host virtual classes.
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Patreon
Allowing creators to get paid directly by their fans through content subscriptions.
Patreon
Allowing creators to get paid directly by their fans through content subscriptions.
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Streamloots
Connecting viewers and streamers inside a thematic and interactive experience.
Streamloots
Connecting viewers and streamers inside a thematic and interactive experience.
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Curated
Collaborative shopping platform designed to bring the personal touch of an in-store specialty shopping experience to customers.
Curated
Collaborative shopping platform designed to bring the personal touch of an in-store specialty shopping experience to customers.
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Zora
Giving creators and artists the power to launch community crypto tokens and sell their work.
Zora
Giving creators and artists the power to launch community crypto tokens and sell their work.
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Pico
Audience relationship management platform with email signup, payment, and membership widgets for websites.
Pico
Audience relationship management platform with email signup, payment, and membership widgets for websites.
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Fourthwall
Helping creators launch fully-branded websites where fans can support them by shopping and donating.
Fourthwall
Helping creators launch fully-branded websites where fans can support them by shopping and donating.
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Kapwing
Empowering people to create videos from any device.
Kapwing
Empowering people to create videos from any device.
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Pearpop
Content creation platform designed for brands and consumers without the hassle of wires, negotiations and legal agreements.
Pearpop
Content creation platform designed for brands and consumers without the hassle of wires, negotiations and legal agreements.
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Spline
Building a tool to create and publish 3D web experiences.
Spline
Building a tool to create and publish 3D web experiences.
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Landr
Offering recording artists a suite of tools across production, mixing, mastering, and distribution.
Landr
Offering recording artists a suite of tools across production, mixing, mastering, and distribution.
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Splice
Streamlining the process of music creation and sharing.
Splice
Streamlining the process of music creation and sharing.
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Grin
Managing relationships between influencers and brands.
Grin
Managing relationships between influencers and brands.
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Selection Criteria
We look for companies that are:
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Growing quickly. These companies are scaling fast, giving you lots of room to grow and excel.

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Backed by top investors. Smart money helps startups move quickly, hire effective teams, and build great products.

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Hiring now for great roles. We look for unique opportunities in engineering, design, product, and growth.