Here's where we're at.
Welcome to the Are.na roadmap. Here you can see what we’ve shipped recently, what we’re building next, and how we’re doing as a company.
By sharing this information we aim to demystify the weird and wonderful process of working on a mostly bootstrapped web company. We’re working our hardest to build a space that’s mindful, respectful, and accountable to our thousands of lovely members. We have lots of ideas for how to do a better job, as well as lots of challenges.
This is meant to be as transparent as reasonably possible. If there’s something you don’t see here that you’d like to know, just email [email protected]
Road to self-sustainability
Are.na’s mission is to build a member-supported community. Since we're accountable to our members instead of advertisers, our incentive is always to build a tool that fosters learning and genuine collaboration. This also means that Are.na’s future relies entirely on community contributions. Here’s how you can help:
Today
$30187 Monthly recurring revenue
16246 Monthly active members
770K Monthly connections
7124 Total paying members
Goal by Friday, December 31, 2021
$43000 Monthly recurring revenue
Premium
Premium members get unlimited private content, additional privacy settings, an invitation to our members’ Slack and more features soon. More about Premium:
Go Premium
Premium members currently contribute 
$28337  in monthly recurring revenue.
Premium Supporter
If you’re already Premium and want to chip in a little extra, you can upgrade to our Supporter tier. You’ll receive regular emails from the team, plus a free Are.na Annual.
Become a Supporter
Supporters currently contribute 
$1810  in monthly recurring revenue.
Product Plan
Last updated: Friday, June 4, 2021
In Progress
  • GraphQL library updates

  • List / table view

  • Backend infrastructure / performance improvements

Up next
  • Updated homepage

  • Upgrades to search infrastructure

  • Full-text search

On the Horizon
  • Comment management

  • Desire lines

Archived
  • New Android and updated iOS share extension

  • Asynchronous job queue refactoring

  • Hide notification counter on mobile

  • Delete comments on mobile

  • Mobile premium management

  • Mobile navigation upgrades

  • Mobile infrastructure upgrades

  • Settings for connect search

  • Reader mode (web and mobile)

  • Extract Reader mode for links

  • SPA performance upgrades

  • Revised text styling

  • Updated dark mode

  • Group invite links

  • Sunday Review emails

  • Integrate Ad-blocked screenshot service

  • Weekly digest email

  • Deep links / Universal links for iOS and Android apps

  • Safari Extension

  • Updated print.are.na

  • Explore block filters

  • Android App

  • Your connections

  • iOS dark mode

  • Replace thumbnail on links, embeds and attachments

  • iOS app / iPad landscape mode

  • Group feeds

  • oEmbed endpoints

  • Following views by type

  • Port extension code to bookmarklet

  • Connection limit updates

  • Browser extension / bookmarklet refactor

  • Channel grid view refactor

  • Publish Firefox extension

  • Channel embed infrastructure

  • Custom badges

  • Revamped block lightbox view

  • Sign-up optimizations

  • Group profiles

  • Channel preview

  • Onboarding banners 🏳️

  • Icon audit

  • Optimized billing flow

Changelog
Last updated: June 04, 2021
Company Vision
Last updated: Friday, June 4, 2021
Revenue & Strategy
  • Reach $43K in monthly revenue by end of December 2021

  • Continue improving the conversion portion of Premium members vs Active members (currently ~40%)

  • Continue reducing the infrastructure costs portion of monthly expenses (currently ~25%)

Ethics
  • Become a public benefit corporation or an alternative community-benefiting entity in order to legally protect our mission.

  • Work to promote ad-free businesses and ethical design principles in the tech industry

  • Explore possible avenues for a more cooperative membership structure

Community
  • Create stronger community benefits for Premium members

  • Make grants to foster creative research by Are.na members

  • Create a structure for compensating our member-investors

Team

Our team is currently composed by two full-time engineering/product people, two part-time in charge of community initiatives and three advisors. Our goals are:

  • Pay our current team living wages with benefits

  • Hire 2 more developers to work on product infrastructure

  • Prioritize diversity for additional hires