NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Massive, a fully remote startup that provides a new way for users to pay for digital apps and services by sharing a small amount of their computers’ idle processing power, today announced that it has raised $11 million in seed funding. The round was led by Point72 Ventures with participation from Coinbase Ventures, Kraken Ventures, BlockTower Capital, and CoinShares Ventures. Angel investors in this round include Ryan Selkis of Messari, Prabhakar Reddy of FalconX, Sriram Krishnan of Kearny Jackson, and Packy McCormick of Not Boring. Massive previously raised $1.5 million of pre-seed funding from Launch, Hustle Fund, and angel investor Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures.
The company offers a friendlier, better-performing alternative to ads, which cost users valuable personal attention and data yet generate low per-user revenues, and to paywalls, which are often unaffordable and lead to low conversion rates. Massive was founded in 2018 by CEO Jason Grad and CTO Brian Kennish. Jason was a top salesperson at Yelp and later founded two successfully acquired venture-backed startups in the fintech and consumer-health industries, Cheerful Giving (acquired by Goodworld) and RCVR (acquired by Palmetto Harmony). Brian was a pre-IPO engineer at Google, where he worked on the Chrome browser and developer products, and has since developed seven apps with more than one million active users each, including the privacy apps Disconnect (anti-tracking software that comes with most major browsers and is installed on the devices of about one billion users) and Adblock Fast (an ad blocker that has more than ten million users).
“We believe Massive will become a widely used monetization method for application developers and the most powerful distributed supercomputer in the world,” said Jason Grad, Massive’s co-founder and CEO. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome this group of investors who will help us create a new payment standard for the internet.”
“So far, dozens of developers are working with Massive to let their millions of users choose to pay for premium features with leftover computing capacity instead of the personal attention and data consumed by ads,” said Brian Kennish, Massive’s co-founder and CTO. “We’re excited to continue contributing to a model for making money and paying online that can finally be a sustainable alternative to online advertising.”
Advertising, besides distracting users and compromising their privacy, generates less than $0.05 per user per month for the average app developer, while paywalls convert an average of less than 1% of users. Massive has developed an SDK that lets app users opt in to pay for premium features, content, and services with their spare computing resources. The SDK runs unnoticeably in the background and only during opportune conditions, includes user tooling to monitor resource consumption, doesn’t collect any personally identifiable info, complies with worldwide privacy regulations, and is whitelisted by antivirus vendors. Massive aggregates opted-in processing power, storage, and bandwidth to compensate developers by hosting blockchain infrastructure, mining cryptocurrency and, in the future, performing general computing tasks. Conversion rates for Massive’s partner developers hover in the 30% range and their average revenue per user is significantly higher than with ads. As a result, hundreds of thousands of users have already paid for apps with Massive.
The company plans to build on this momentum by rapidly doubling the size of its engineering and business development teams. All of Massive’s job openings can be found at jobs.joinmassive.com.
“Massive is unlocking an entirely new payment method for digital goods and services where users can pay with their device’s idle compute power. And for application developers, Massive is pioneering a new way to monetize users to complement existing business models of paywalls, in-app payments, and advertising,” said Adam Carson, operating partner and crypto investing lead at Point72 Ventures, who’s joining Massive’s board. “We are thrilled to support their vision of bringing Massive to billions of users around the globe.”
Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital added, “Massive is pioneering a new web 3.0 monetization model for the internet which lets users pay for goods and services with idle computing capacity instead of giving up their personal data. The internet’s advertising-driven business model is long overdue for disruption, and we are excited to partner with Massive on their journey.”
Massive is a new payment layer for the internet. The company provides an SDK that lets app users choose to access premium features in exchange for their idle computing resources rather than personal attention and data. These resources are combined to form a supercomputer that compensates developers by decentralizing blockchain infrastructure, mining cryptocurrency, and performing general distributed tasks. Massive was founded by Jason Grad and Brian Kennish and is developed by a remote team around the world. For more information, visit joinmassive.com.
About Point72 Ventures:
Point72 Ventures is a global venture capital strategy led by a diverse set of domain experts with the capital and mandate to lead rounds through all stages of a company’s growth, from idea to IPO. The team invests in founders with bold ideas who use the latest technologies to drive transformational change across industries. Point72 Ventures offers entrepreneurs access to expertise and insights, executive and technical talent, and hands-on support. With offices in the US and Europe, Point72 Ventures is an affiliate of Point72, the global asset manager founded by Steven A. Cohen. For more information, visit p72.vc.