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
$10078 Monthly recurring revenue
Goal by Tuesday, December 31, 2019
$19000 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 
$9438  in monthly recurring revenue.
Monthly Patron
If you’re already Premium and want to chip in a little extra, or if you simply want to help Are.na make faster progress, you can make a monthly contribution. You’ll receive regular emails from the team, plus a unique piece of Are.na merch.
Become a Patron
Patrons currently contribute 
$640  in monthly recurring revenue.
Product
Last updated: Friday, August 23, 2019
In Progress
  • Email A/B test framework

  • Experiments in extracting richer metadata from links

  • Publish Safari Extension

  • Channel performance optimizations

Up next
  • Automatically create connections when saving Are.na links

  • iOS app / iPad landscape mode

  • Edit block thumbnail

On the Horizon
  • Upgrade search infrastructure

  • Port iOS app to Android

Completed
  • 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, August 23, 2019
Revenue & Strategy
  • Reach $19K in monthly revenue by the end of 2019

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

  • Make our team more diverse

Current Stats
Last updated: Friday, August 23, 2019
Monthly recurring revenue

$10,078.09

Monthly active people

6,277

Total paying customers

2,383

Monthly connections

261K