Means of Creation

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This week on Means of Creation, we talked to Nadia Eghbal!

Nadia’s work has focused on the reputation-based economies that drive creator and open-source developer communities. She currently is the Head of Writer Experience at Substack and previously helped build open-source developer experiences (independently and at GitHub).

Show Notes

This week on Means of Creation, we talked to Nadia Eghbal!

Nadia’s work has focused on the reputation-based economies that drive creator and open-source developer communities. She currently is the Head of Writer Experience at Substack and previously helped build open-source developer experiences (independently and at GitHub). 

Nadia also published a book earlier this year, Working in Public, which explores open source developer communities and their implications on the creator economy. 

In this interview we discussed:
- Similarities and differences between open-source software maintainers & other types of online creators
- The implications of the parasocial relationship between online creators and fans
- Creator burnout in software & other content verticals, and what platforms can do to help
- What her job as Head of Writer Experience at Substack entails
- How creators and writers balance the tension between monetization and audience growth

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What is Means of Creation?

Work is changing. The old structures that dominated the 20th century are gradually being replaced by platforms and cultures that have grown up on the internet that aim to help people do what they love for a living. Li and Nathan unpack this new passion economy in a weekly conversation with guests at the forefront of this change.