1440 News is a free daily newsletter with over 2 million readers, co-founded by Pierre Lipton, ’20, with a focus on unbiased reporting. The newsletter scours 100+ sources for a daily 5-minute briefing on topics ranging from culture, science, sports, politics, business, and more. In 2021, the firm reported a 53% open rate. The name 1440 refers to the number of minutes within a day, as well as the year that the Gutenberg printing press was invented.
Since 1440 was founded in 2017, the newsletter has courted over $2.5 million in funding. Lipton was named to Forbes 30 Under 30.
Photo Credit: Pierre Lipton
AsianFeed was founded by Justin Kim, ’21, and is a trendsetting news, lifestyle, and entertainment publication that celebrates the shared cultural experiences of millennial and Gen-Z Asians. AsianFeed is operated under the Famous Media Group umbrella. Endorsements include Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, the 1517 Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Accelerate NY Seed Fund. The publication has accumulated over 180k followers on their social medias. AsianFeed was a finalist in MassChallenge 2021.
Justin was a Brown University Peer Entrepreneur in Residence in 2021, and is also co-founder of Cress Health, a tech startup with the mission of democratizing mental wellness for all. Cress Health’s app, Callie, utilizes journaling, breathing exercises, meditation, and analytics, allowing users to reflect and learn about their mental health.
Photo Credit: Justin Kim
Studio is a Los Angeles-based online learning platform that, like Masterclass, lets people learn creative skills from renowned professional artists and artisans. Notable names include musicians such as Pentatonix, Charlie Puth, and H.E.R. Other creators include filmmaker Casey Neistat, music producers Kygo and Ryan Tedder, and magician David Blaine. Subscribers can share their creations with the Studio community.
The platform, originally named Monthly, was founded by Valentin Perez, ‘18, former Brown EP Co-President and founder of the Startup@Brown conference, and Max Deutsch, ‘11. Studio recently announced a $50 million Series B round funding led by San Francisco-based Human Capital and joined by investors including Forerunner Ventures, Greenoaks Capital, and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, as well as Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, and LinkedIn chairman Jeff Weiner. Since launching in 2019, the startup says its courses have been taken by “hundreds of thousands” of students globally, who have produced and shared “over half a million creative works” on its platform.
From Left: Max Deutsch and Valentin Perez.
Photo Credit: Valentin Perez
Tagg is a social medial platform founded in 2021 by Victor Loolo, ’20, Blessing Ubani, ’21, Sophie Chen, RISD ’21, Izayah Powell, ’21 and Steven Fang. Currently, being a content creator is the most coveted career of kids but only 0.25% of the market earns 100% of revenue generated in the economy. Tagg allows users to build earnings from creating content. To date, Tagg has raised over 2 million in venture funding, and 9,000 content-creators have earned from the platform. Read more about Tagg here.
Tagg was named a Top 5 Startup to Watch in San Francisco and Rhode Island in 2022. Founders say Brown was pivotal in Tagg’s initial success by gifting them an initial user-base. Later down the line, the Brown network was key in their raise as well as growth as entrepreneurs.
Top (From Left to Right): Izayah Powell, Steven Fang, and Sophie Chen. Bottom (Left to Right): Victor Loolo and Blessing Ubani