Hacker Noon

Hacker Noon is an American technology publishing website. It focuses on reporting the latest news related to software development, startups, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrencies. It started in 2016 and is run by the husband and wife team of David Smooke and Linh Dao Smooke.[citation needed]

Hacker Noon
Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersEagle County, Colorado, United States
OwnerArtMap Inc.
Founder(s)David Smooke and Jay Zalowitz
  • Natasha Nel
    (Tech Editor)
  • Utsav Jaiswal
    (Blockchain Editor)
  • Pirate Beachbum
    (Bitcoin Editor)
  • Arthur Tkachenko
  • (Software Development Editor)
CEODavid Smooke
IndustryNews, Technology, Blogging, Publishing, Software, Startups, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency
RegistrationNot required to read. Required to write.


Hacker Noon was founded by David Smooke & Jay Zalowitz, and first kicked off on Medium in January 2016 as the "Hacker Daily,” where they amassed over 450k followers. In April 2016, it went live on the domain "hackernoon.com".[1]

In 2017, a Hacker Noon data journalism story, “More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked" by data scientist Jeff Kao garnered coverage from BoingBoing,[2] Forbes,[3] Fortune,[4] Stanford University,[5] Techmeme,[6] Buzzfeed,[7] and other top tech sites. Actor and Activist Alyssa Milano used it as evidence for why FCC Chairman Ajit Pai should not repeal Net Neutrality.[8][9]

As of December 2019, Hacker Noon has over 10,000 contributing writers and 4 million monthly readers, according to its CEO.[10]


In early-2019, Hacker Noon raised the U.S. $1.07 million via an equity crowdfunding campaign from 1,198 shareholders, including investment from Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian and Initialized Capital Partner Gary Tan[11] and Evan J. Zimmerman at Jovono.[12] Approximately 85% of shareholders came from website's readership. This expanded the team's software development, content production and editorial resources, making it possible to make a new publishing platform, dubbed as "Hacker Noon 2.0".[13]


  1. ^ Vico Biscotti (2019-03-20). "The Case of Hacker Noon Moving from Medium". inside Blogging. Archived from the original on 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  2. ^ "A million anti-Net Neutrality comments reportedly fake". Boing Boing. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  3. ^ Burns, Janet. "Earth To Pai: Millions Of Pro-Repeal Comments Likely Used Stolen Identities". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  4. ^ "1.3 Million FCC Comments Opposing Net Neutrality Were Probably Fake". Fortune. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  5. ^ Singel, Ryan (October 2018). "Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal" (PDF). Stanford Center for Internet and Society – via Stanford University.
  6. ^ "Analysis of FCC net neutrality comments finds over 1M pro-repeal were likely faked and 99% of organic comments were in favor of keeping rules". Techmeme. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  7. ^ "Political Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich And Powerful". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  8. ^ Milano, Alyssa (2017-12-03). "Finally, we agree, @AjitPaiFCC! Your own flawed comment system lacks integrity and is unreliable. You should also agree with the rest of the world and take #NetNeutrality repeal off the agenda until you can figure out how to hear from the American people". @Alyssa_Milano. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  9. ^ "FCC and netneutrality | InforMedia Services (IMS)". blog.stcloudstate.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  10. ^ "Hackernoon CEO's Take On Building A Successful Tech Startup". .TECH. 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  11. ^ "Hacker Noon". StartEngine. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  12. ^ "https://twitter.com/ejzim/status/1060765231066959872". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-08-07. External link in |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Hacker Noon Releases Tech Publishing Platform 2.0". businesswire.com. 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2020-04-26.