Stefan Thomas spent ten years researching payments and digital commerce. Now, as the Founder and CEO of his own startup, Coil, he seeks to use technology to bust tech monopolies. His first move? Giving away $100 million to empower creators to promote experimentation with new business models for the Internet.

In this webinar, Stefan breaks down the basics of web monetization and the opportunities available to artists in an ever-changing digital space. Additionally, we’ll hear best practices, tips, tricks, dos and don'ts to be successful at web monetization. Stefan will also share why we live in a world where content distribution always seems to end up being controlled by a small number of companies and how creators can fight back to break up these monopolies. The webinar will also highlight examples from creators who have struggled with content platforms today, and why they decided to join the movement to help change the status quo.

Stefan Thomas is the Founder and CEO of Coil, the company dedicated to building a better business model for the web using Web Monetization and Interledger. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan designed new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. As part of this work, he co-created Interledger, an open, Internet-like protocol for value transfer, and now serves as Chairperson of the charitable nonprofit Interledger Foundation. Stefan is a passionate supporter of financial access and worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets. He also sits on the boards of Imgur, the community-powered entertainment platform reaching 300 million people each month, and Uphold, the digital money platform serving more than 6 million customers in more than 150 countries. more...

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