Fund journalists directly

Fund your favorite writers

Beacon empowers writers by letting you fund their work directly. That means you, the reader, decide which writers and stories get published instead of advertisers.

Support journalism around the world

There are hundreds of projects on Beacon that you can fund directly. We’ve made it easy to browse and search for topics you’ll love. With Beacon, you can enable journalism all around the world.

Double your impact with matching funds

Beacon is the only crowdfunding platform to provide matching funds. For many projects, your pledge will be matched by Beacon — giving you even more impact.

I’ll use my exclusive access to startup founders and executives to deliver interviews and stories about what they’ve learned and what drives them forward.

  • 260%funded
    so far
  • 14days
  • $1,636raised
    so far
This project is no longer accepting pledges
* This project was successfully funded.
At 25 backers Tim Wut can produce journalism that creates impact.

Thanks for your support. Help me reach my stretch goals!

At 50 backers I’ll have the resources necessary to start interviewing members of Y Combinator’s Winter ‘14 class. Y Combinator is one of the most prestigious startup incubators, and I’ll give you five stories that look at some of the founders in its most recent batch. If the series proves popular, I’ll expand it to other startup incubators and programs around the country.

I’ll give you important lessons from start-up founders who have gone through the trenches of business.

You’ll get:

  • 2-4 posts a month of real conversations discussing failures, successes, and the lessons learned along the way.

  • Exclusive access and Q&A with me through BEACON’s discussion feature.

  • Access to every story, by every writer on BEACON.

As someone who’s spent most of their professional life chained to jobs and industries I have no passion for - I’m looking to open my creative capacity and the ability to help others learn. I’m drawn to startup culture – passion for your work, building things people need/want, high risks-high rewards lifestyles.

I’ll give you a look inside startups like Idealab, one of the best incubators in the US and a pioneer of the model. I’ll also talk to people at Karma, a startup changing the model for internet access, and CupidRadar, a company pioneering location-based data. I’ll share their enthusiasm with you.

Your support lets me do more interviews.

Your subscription and contribution will go to my bandwidth, time, and the capacity to continually contact successful individuals with valuable stories and life lessons to share.


Nobody has left any comments yet.
Tim Wut hasn't posted an update yet
$5per month
Monthly subscriber
Monthly subscription to my work. This is the best way to make sure you keep supporting me, and don’t miss a single story.
25 claimed
6-month subscriber
6 month subscription to my work. Your subscription will expire after six months.
26 claimed
1-year subscriber
Year-long prepaid subscription to my work. Your subscription will expire after one year.
5 claimed
Project co-founder
For being my biggest backer, you’ll get a two-year prepaid subscription. The folks at BEACON will also send you a custom T-shirt, as thanks for backing my project.
3 claimed
Note: All pledges are in USD.


I’m an LA-based freelance writer who’s found a real passion for telling stories through a unique narrative style.

Starting out in music and moving onto tech, I’ve written for various LA-based publications including The LA Music Blog (music) and TechZulu (startups and business) among many others.

My passion for startups came from working at an emerging technologies non-profit.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Beacon?

    Beacon is a platform for funding journalism. We've worked with hundreds of journalists and tens of thousands of readers to fund important stories from around the world.

  • How does Beacon work?

    Journalists create crowdfunding pages on Beacon, outlining a reporting project they have planned. You decide whether the project deserves funding by making a pledge.

  • How is my pledge used?

    Beacon pays out journalists directly. Journalists use your funding to cover the costs of reporting and producing a final story, which they'll share with you.

  • Where is the journalism published?

    Stories funded on Beacon have appeared in major publications like The Atlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle and TIME. We work with journalists to maximize the reach and impact of journalism you fund.

  • How is my pledge kept secure?

    We use Stripe to process and protect your billing information. Stripe meets or exceeds all industry standards for security and is used by major brands like Kickstarter and The Guardian.

  • When am I billed for my pledge?

    You're billed at the project deadline and only if the project successfully meets its goal. If a project is unsuccessful, you will not be charged.

Stories about Life in the Startup Trenches need to be told

Help Tim Wut bring them to BEACON. At 25 backers, Tim Wut can provide sustainable reporting on the topic you won't get anywhere else.

This project is no longer accepting pledges