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The founding story of Patreon

It's May 7, 2013 and Jack Conte is, in his own words, "totally exhausted, slash, totally wired, in that really weird in-between zone." He has spent 18 hours per day for the last 50 days building a replica of the Millennium Falcon set from "Star Wars" and shooting a music video in it. When Conte has a vision for something he wants to create, he becomes obsessive. In fact, he maxed out his credit cards to see his vision through on this one.

But this is the moment. He uploads his video to YouTube where he has 100,000 subscribers. It's not just a music video though: Conte inserted a segment at the end where he encourages fans to support him by going to a website he and his friend Sam have created called patreon.com. There, they will be able to download his new music (...

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