Yes, you read the title correctly. As of July 24, 2019, TechNode now has a paywall.
TL;DR: This has been in the works for some time. At launch, the paywall only covers the premium content we create for members of TechNode Squared. As time goes on, we plan to increase what is behind the paywall. Become a member now and get 20% off your yearly subscription. Find more info on TechNode Squared here.
The plan has always been to improve the breadth, depth, and quality of our reporting and analysis. I’m glad to say that in 2019, we’re a lot closer to that vision than we’ve ever been. While improvement for improvement sake is rarely a bad idea (unless it’s not broken har har), but we see the progress we’ve made over the last 2.5 years as a means to something greater.
In May, we launched the first-ever China tech membership program, TechNode Squared. There’s a huge information gap between what is happening in China and what the rest of the world thinks is happening. In general, our coverage is addressing that gap, but we wanted to take that further. With TechNode Squared, we’re able to provide in-depth reporting, analysis, and opinion found nowhere else.
Since the launch, rather than keeping our premium content confined to the “dark forest” of the internet, we’ve delayed publication by 3-7 days after it goes out in our various newsletters. With the paywall, publication to our site will be almost immediate. As time goes on, we plan on putting more of our content behind the paywall. And, no, this is not a soft paywall where you get free access to a certain number of articles per month or can use Google to circumvent paywall prompts. This is a hard paywall: either you’re a paying member or you aren’t.
So, if you want to maintain access to all our best stuff, you should sign up for TechNode Squared. To celebrate another milestone for TechNode, we’re offering a 20% discount for yearly memberships for a limited time. We’re all looking forward to you joining us.