We’re a small, smart and nimble team of coders and designers with a vision for a better and fairer way to monetize content.

At Unlock, we believe the web needs a new business model. We believe the decentralization promise of the web cannot be achieved if economic incentives are not aligned between consumers and creators.

For this, we're building a protocol which lets anyone restrict access to their work and for consumers to earn points when they discover and promote the best creations.
The Unlock Protocol can be applied to publishing (paywalls), newsletters, software licenses or even the physical world, such as transportation systems. The web revolutionized all of these areas - Unlock will make them economically viable.


Akeem Adeniji

I'm a software engineer, comfortable wearing many hats, and excited to help build our future enabling people with technology. Prior to joining Unlock, I worked to launch and scale projects at Facebook.

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Ben Werdmuller

I work at the intersection of technology, media, and democracy. I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium and Latakoo, and invested in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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Christopher Nascone

I'm a software engineer from New Jersey, which means I have only one degree of separation from the entire staff of Bell Labs. When I'm not on the computer, you might find me wandering around in the woods.

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Gregory Beaver

I am a symbiotic organism, thriving in both music and the art of software development. 18 years as cellist of The Chiara Quartet, and now a soloist and composer matches equal experience in open source.

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Julien Genestoux

I am an entrepreneur and a software engineer. I am a vocal web advocate who co-authored the W3C WebSub protocol. I sold my previous company, Superfeedr, an RSS feed API, to Medium. Born in France, I currently live in Brooklyn.

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Sascha Mombartz

I am an artist and designer from no particular place. My work – multidisciplinary, spanning digital to physical – deals with the interaction between people and objects and questions our relationship with progress.

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January 2019

We’re changing the business model for the web. It starts here, today. Introducing Unlock Version 0. More...

December 2018

Using ads to support content creation is broken, whether from a purely technical or an economic standpoint. Aside from an ever-shrinking group of the largest platforms, most can only scrape a few cents per hour from ads. More...

October 2018

In a world where corporations control our conversations, removing middlemen is more important than ever. More...

July 2018

We received $1.7M in funding from the following investors: General Catalyst and by Cherry Ventures and with participations from Consensys Ventures, Kindred Ventures, Betaworks, 122 West, La Famiglia, Coinbase Ventures and a group of stellar business angels. More...

April 2018

The web needs a better business model - and we believe the technology is finally here to do it. More...

Check out our open source code on GitHub, come work with us or simply get in touch.