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
$26389 Monthly recurring revenue
Goal by Sunday, February 28, 2021
$27000 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 
$25029  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 
$1360  in monthly recurring revenue.
Product
Last updated: Friday, February 5, 2021
In Progress
  • GraphQL library updates

  • List view

  • Backend infrastructure / performance improvements

Up next
  • Updated homepage

  • Asyncronous job queue work

  • Upgrades to search infrastructure

  • Android share extension

  • Full-text search

On the Horizon
  • Comment management

  • Desire lines

Completed
  • 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

Company Vision
Last updated: Friday, February 5, 2021
Revenue & Strategy
  • Reach $27K in monthly revenue by February 2021

Ethics
  • Become a public benefit corporation 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
  • Pay our current team living wages with benefits

  • Hire 2 more developers to work on product infrastructure

  • Prioritize diversity for additional hires

Current Stats
Last updated: Friday, February 5, 2021
Monthly recurring revenue

$26,389

Monthly active people

14,188

Total paying customers

6,225

Monthly connections

727K