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Creating patrons of the arts through crowdfunding




Patreon co-founder Jack Conte works in the living room of a Noe Valley apartment that served as the company's headquarters for eight months.
Patreon co-founder Jack Conte works in the living room of a Noe Valley apartment that served as the company's headquarters for eight months.
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Artists who publish their work on the Internet might hit it big and find thousands, even millions of fans. But, in a world where online content has become virtually free, those supporters might not produce a penny for the artist.

Grace Rubenstein explains how a new company in San Francisco is helping creative people turn art lovers' affection into cash.