Who is Jack Conte?
Some people might know Jack Conte as a musician and a songwriter, some might know him as a filmmaker, while others see him as an entrepreneur – the creator and a CEO of Patreon.
Early life and education
Conte was born on 12 July, 1984 in San Francisco, California USA. Since he was a kid, Jack felt a love of music and musical instruments. He can play numerous instruments, while piano was the first one that he learned how to play, when he was only six years old. He met his present wife Nataly Dawn at Stanford University, from which he later graduated.
Conte’s music career begins in the early 2000s, with his video hit “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, which managed to attract more than a million views on his YouTube channel. Conte eventually made three albums named Video Songs Volume 1, 2, and 3, all of which were released in mid-2008, only put in the format for digital download. He also released three EPs – “Nightmares and Daydreams” in 2007, “Sleep in Color” in 2008 and “Conte” in 2013. All of his musical achievements after that are shared with his present wife, Nataly Dawn – the two of them formed “Pomplamoose” indie band in the middle of 2008, and focused on putting their songs online rather than delivering live performances. They mostly cover famous songs of other people, and have produced only one studio album by Julia Nunes. As of today, Pomplamoose’s YouTube channel counts almost 600,000 subscribers. Conte is also a member of “Scary Pockets”, a funk band which is also focused on putting their music on YouTube – their channel has over 250,000 subscribers.
Conte as an entrepreneur
Conte came up with the great idea of making a crowdfunding platform called Patreon, founded in May 2013 with the help of Sam Yam. Their idea was to make a platform which allowed artists to earn money by creating pieces of art. Patreon works in a simple way – art creators post their art, and then patrons can view those and then elect or not to pay the artist any amount that they wish. This amount is usually paid on a monthly basis, however, art creators can choose to be paid as soon as they publish or release a new work of art. A lot of people who are art creators on Patreon are also well known YouTubers, while others are comic artists, writers, painters and such.
Patreon is a self-sustaining platform – it takes 5% of every payment and every transaction made on it. It allows nudity on it as long as it is not considered as pornography. It counts over 50,000 art creators, and a million of patrons. Since the start of the platform, Patreon has gathered over $450 million for the artists (and for Conte). Conte’s personal net worth is estimated by authoritative sources at over $5 million, as of early 2019.
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Conte as a filmmaker
While Conte is a great musician and a successful entrepreneur, he is also a part of the film industry. He is the composer for four short movies, and worked as a sound designer for four shorts as well. He was a director of photography for a short movie called “Mei” and an assistant director for “The Last Good Man”, for which he is mostly known when it comes to his filmmaker’s achievements. Most of the people who played Sims 2 when they were young know him because he lent his voice to the teenage male character in the game.
Conte has a really good friend who he met in 2006 – Louis Cole, also a composer and into jazz music. Conte saw his potential and decided to help him as much as he could, and suggested that he start releasing his music online. Cole met Genevieve Artadi in 2009 and they created the jazz/funk/pop band called “Knower”. Thanks to Conte promoting their videos on his own YouTube channel, Knower was seen across YouTube, and so gained a wide audience. Not too long after that, in 2011 Pomplamoose helped them release the single “It Goes On” which turned out to be very popular, and helped them gain an even bigger audience.
— Jack Conte (@jackconte) June 23, 2018
Conte seems to be leading a relatively happy and peaceful life with his wife – by peaceful we mean that Conte is not the kind of person to abuse alcohol or drugs. He is also a very caring boyfriend, and now a caring husband. He met his wife in 2008 when they made Pomplamoose; they became engaged in January 2016 and married on May 2016. The two have no children as yet. Other all the mentioned passions Conte has, robot building and technology hacking is another of them, however, only in his free time and in a completely “do it yourself” style.
He is not as much dedicated to his Instagram and Twitter accounts as he is to his YouTube channel – Conte has about 10,000 followers on Instagram and about 37,000 fans on Twitter.