Hacker Noon is an independent tech publication. It’s published 7,000+ contributing writers, covering tech topics such as Software development, the Blockchain movement, and big picture technology trends. Hacker Noon is well known for its highlighter green branded with an RGB of 0, 255, 0. The company is led by husband and wife team of David Smooke & Linh Dao Smooke. Some of its most notable writers include Daniel Jefferies, David Gilbertson, Sam Altman, and Cassie Kozyrkov.
Hacker Noon was founded in San Francisco by ArtMap Inc. The project emerged from work by David Smooke and Jay Zalowitz to identify and recruit the internet’s top trending stories. It started as the "Hacker Daily" on Medium.com and became HackerNoon.com in April 2016.
In 2017, to create a steady revenue stream, Hacker Noon started a weekly sponsorship package and worked with tech companies like Pubnub, Manifold, Pusher, Segment, Mixpanel, & Amazon's Bot Division, educational organizations like Edx & Full Stack Academy, and blockchain companies like Odem, Ingot Coin, and Dmarket.
In the Fall of 2018, Medium.com, which powers Hacker Noon's Content Management System (CMS), decided to ban all 3rd-party ads. Medium made an offer to buy hackernoon.com, but the offer was rejected.
The site's traffic is ranked in the top 5000 of all websites worldwide and in the top 3000 of all U.S. websites by Alexa. Hacker Noon publishes approximately 20 per day by real tech professionals.
As of 2018, Hacker Noon has over 7,000 contributing writers, 200,000 daily visitors, and over 8,000,000 monthly page views.
In November 2018, the company launched an equity crowdfunding campaign through StartEngine, to allow anyone to own shares in Hacker Noon. The campaign has raised over $1,000,000, including investment from Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian and his partner Gary Tan.
Hacker Noon 2.0
The company plans to utilize funds raised from their crowdfunding to build their own Content Management System off Medium.com. They've since hired Dane Lyons as their Chief Product Officer and Gian Franco Vitola as their Lead Frontend Engineer.