About Me: Austin Robey
May 1st, 2022

Hi, I’m Austin. I'm interested in collective internet culture, shared ownership, and new models for the online creative economy. Here are some things that I’ve worked on.

Contact me: austin[at]metalabel.xyz

📍Brooklyn, NY


These are projects where I was on the founding core team.


Metalabel builds resources, tools, and infrastructure for collectives and creative communities.


Ampled is a web-based platform for direct community support of musicians, formed as a collectively owned co-op.

Unnamed Fund

Unnamed Fund is a NEW INC member-led, democratically-controlled creative ecosystem grant fund.

Dinner DAO

Dinner DAO is a global supper club, organized as a playful expression of Web3 tooling to build IRL community.


As background, I studied architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Before working in tech, I was primarily a designer, working within many disciplines. Projects I have worked on professionally span from architecture, jewelry design, fashion design, product design, and experiential design for brand activations. My first entrepreneurial venture was a design/ build studio called Make Mode. One time we made Usher’s birthday invitations. Another time we made a 3D-printed bow tie that Nas wore to the Met Gala.


Friends With Benefits: What Co-ops And DAOs Can Learn From Each Other

Mirror A Guide For Designing Online Community Governance

Refraction: Imagining a New Creator Economy

Forefront: Ways to improve the ownership economy

Forefront: Exit To Community For Crypto Networks

Forefront: Forefront Learn (Social Tokens 101)

Forefront: Friends With Benefits Case Study

Forefront: How community tokens can power cooperatives

The Creative Independent: How to start a cooperative

The Creative Independent: How to create community support systems

Music Ally: Artist ownership is the way to fix Spotify's broken model

Mutual Interest: The future of tech will be an old model, the co-op

Internet of Ownership: Equity-Free Fundraising: Here are our Revenue-Share Term Sheets

Internet of Ownership: Investor-owned platforms vs. User-owned platforms

Ampled: It's time to put new ideas on the table


Betaworks Beyond Decentralization: Designing for Equity, Democracy, and Human Rights in Web3

Crypto, Culture, and Society: Let’s DAO It: Co-ops, DAOs, and the Way Forward for Collectives

IDEO Future Ways of Working

NEW INC Life in the speculative future

NEW INC 2020 Demo Day

Platform Cooperativism Conference NYC 2019

Platform Cooperativism Conference Berlin 2021

CoCap: Nourishing Community Wealth Oakland 2019

Berklee School of Music Innovation Con 2020

Wavelengths Conference 2021

Cooperation Humbolt: Artists Dismantling Capitalism


This Fall semester I am teaching a class at The New School University called "Music and Platform Cooperativism".

I've also either spoken at or given guest lectures at:

  • Columbia University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Wake Forest
  • Pratt Institute
  • Parsons
  • Berklee School of Music
  • University of Hartford
  • NYU

Affiliated Organizations

Seed Club Alumni (SC02 & SC04)/ Contributor

Friends With Benefits Member/ Contributor

Dirt Contributor

Tally Contributor

NEW INC, Y6 Member "Equitable Platforms" Track 2019 & Y7 Community Member of the New Museum cultural incubator

Forefront Season 1 Contributor

Unlock Protocol Governance Delegate

Start.coop Y2 cohort member, 2020

Exit To Community Collective Mentor/ Contributor

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Venture Fellow, 2015-2017

US Dept of Arts + Culture People's WPA

Center For Cultural Innovation AmbitioUS investee

Grant For The Web research grantee

Press/ Interviews

Resident Advisor Decentralized Autonomous Organizations And The Promise Of Utopia

Resident Advisor What Does Epic Games Buying Bandcamp Mean For DIY Music?

Guardian Bandcamp sells to Epic: can a video game company save independent music?

Decrypt: What would Karl Marx think about crypto?

Slate: The Music Industry Is Finally Scaring Spotify

Water & Music Why AmpledDAO Doesn’t Exist (Yet)

Pioneer Works: How to Unlearn Capitalism through Cooperative Ownership

Salon: How a punk-inspired collective beat the streaming giants at their own game

AdHoc: Ampled Hopes to Make the Music Industry More Equitable for Artists

Fast Company: Tech can still live up to its promise as a force for justice

VICE: There’s No Such Thing as Independent Music in the Age of Coronavirus

VICE: Is There Ethical Music Streaming Under Capitalism?

NEW INC: Rewriting the Rulebook: Creating in a Post-COVID World


The Spoon: Dinner DAO is Creating IRL Dinner Clubs Built Around NFTs

I've also been interviewed by the New York Times and The Guardian about the future of work & the gig economy, but both stories never ended up running :(

Podcasts/ Radio

Contact Me

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Ethereum Address
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