Creator Economy Platform Koji Announces $20M Series B Funding Round

“Koji is refactoring the creator economy into an ecosystem where the incentives between creators, consumers, and developers are truly aligned. We believe the creator economy will be the dominant way for tomorrow’s artists and entrepreneurs to earn their life, and we are empowered to build a powerful, equitable foundation for its flourishing,” said Koji CEO Dmitry Shapiro.

Since its launch in March 2021, over 150,000 creators use Koji’s Link in Bio platform and over 200 apps to engage with their audience. Koji’s app store includes everything from fun new stuff like customizable games to powerful utilities like Shoutout, an app that lets creators deliver personalized videos to their fans. Koji recently announced a suite of innovative Web3 apps, including commerce apps that offer product discounts to customers who own specific NFTs.

Powered by Koji’s industry-leading platform, Koji apps open right inside every social media app, with no downloads or installs required. These applications are not subject to App store taxes, allowing app creators and developers to keep more of their revenue. New apps are released weekly and are created by Koji’s community of indie developers, creator economy startups like Laylo, Subtext, and Fanfix, and Koji’s own in-house developers.

“Koji’s developer ecosystem and platform runtime radically reduce the time and cost to build new developer-saving apps. These technologies, along with our Web3 roadmap, give birth to a future where creators have true equity and governance in the tools and services they rely on to make a living, and developers and entrepreneurs have new paradigms for thinking about the next generation of creator-saving apps,” said Sean Thielenco-founder and chief architect of Koji.

“The ability to access innovative tools and services for creators of all backgrounds has been a key driver of growth in the creator economy. Koji’s unique and innovative app store has led to creating an authentic ecosystem for creators and developers to participate in, monetize and eventually own content. We’re thrilled to be supporting Koji and look forward to working closely with the team,” said Saaya Nath, VP chairman of Jump Capital, who joins Koji’s board of directors as part of fundraising.

In addition to the participation of new and existing venture capital and private equity funds, the round also includes the participation of individual investors such as Shivakumar RajaramanHead of Product at OpenSea and former VP Commerce at Meta; Francois Maresponsible for Google Firebase; Peeyush Ranjanvice president of engineering at Google; David Zhangdirector at Silver Lake; scott robertvice president and head of business development at LinkedIn; Keren Barouchproduct manager for creator strategy at LinkedIn; mohamed barhouchDirector at IAC; Punishes Singh SoniCEO of Suki; Ujjwal SinghHead of Workplace at Facebook; Brett Chalabiansoftware engineer at Google; Michael Eisnerformer CEO of Disney; Bilger Artfounder of WorkingNation; Stefano Corazzavice president at Adobe; Bhaumik Kotechahead of business operations at Cash App; Chris Abaddirector of user experience at Google; Kum Hong Siew, COO at Airbnb China; and others.

Koji was founded by Dmitry Shapiro and Sean Thielen and lifted $36 million in total. The company will use the new funding to grow its engineering and creator teams, accelerate platform development, and further develop its Web3 and crypto offerings.

Koji is the most powerful Link in Bio platform in the world. With hundreds of free apps created by Koji and its community of independent developers, the Koji Link in Bio gives leading creators on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and other social media platforms new ways to engage audiences, connect with supporters and monetize. Koji launched in March 2021 and lifted $36 million in venture capital.

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