The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 45 (Jun 8, 2020) — Brave surpasses 15M MAU & 5M DAU and flies 1530 privacy-preserving ad campaigns in 1 year, Brave ranked #2 free app in Japan, Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) on The Outlier Ventures Podcast, Joe Rogan & Reggie Watts reveal they use Brave!

Milestone: 5 years ago, Brendan Eich & Brian Bondy co-founded Brave. Today we passed 15 million monthly active users and 5 million daily active users. Also, 1,530 privacy-preserving ad campaigns in 1 year. Thank you to our users & looking forward to our next 5 years!

This May, Brave saw its monthly active users pass the 15 million mark with 15.4 million users, a growth of 50% since the Brave 1.0 launch this past November, and of 125% or 2.25x over the past year. Daily active users also went up significantly, with 5.3 million users browsing with Brave on a daily basis, up from 2 million one year ago. 

In addition, private-by-design Brave Ads brought in 1,530 campaigns since their launch last year (a 255% increase from the 400 campaigns reported in October 2019), and Sponsored Images delivered 25 campaigns since their launch in February 2020.

Recent campaigns included brands such as Verizon, Newegg, Chipotle, and PayPal/Honey, in addition to earlier campaigns by Amazon, Harry’s Razors, Intel, CBS, KIND snacks, Logitech, Lenovo, Grubhub, Belkin, Quickbooks, and Evernote.

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Growth: Brave is the #2 ranked free app in Japan! 

As ever, we appreciate the love, Japan! ありがとうございました! 

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Brendan Eich on How to Beat Surveillance Capitalism: The Outlier Ventures Podcast

Brendan is Founder and CEO of Brave Browser. As the creator of JavaScript at Netscape in the 90’s he talks about how it’s success and ubiquity alongside cookies and behavioural tracking led to the business model of Surveillance Capitalism that has come to dominate The Web. We discuss how the industrialisation of the Ad Tech ecosystem, and its layers of intermediation, has not only led to erosion of user privacy but also a poor web experience, and how Brave’s Basic Attention Token incentivises a better outcome for publishers, users and brands.

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Independent contributor via Forbes: “Joe Rogan Just Gave Millions Of Google Chrome Users Another Surprising Option” (Spoiler: It’s Brave!)

Google Chrome is the world’s biggest internet browser with a staggering near-60% market share but new rivals are gaining ground amid rising privacy concerns. 

This week, podcaster Joe Rogan, who has recently been thrust into the limelight after he signed a major deal with streaming service Spotify, revealed he uses the cryptocurrency-powered Chrome rival Brave to avoid internet ads and Google’s overzealous tracking.

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Update: Verified Uphold wallet on Android coming very soon!

Due out in v1.10, which is expected to roll out in the next few weeks.

Meme: We are not same 😉

Just for fun.

This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, find images from Honey (USA), BlockFi (USA, Canada, AUS, NZ, and UK), eToro (Worldwide, except Canada), Grayscale (Global) and LA Blockchain Summit (Global) in Brave’s New Tab Page. 

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy,, Tezos, Upland, and more.

Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Muzic King 

Muzic King is an LA-based rap artist who created his own indie music label, RokkStar, so he can sign artists and release music on his own terms. 

Muzic King creates high energy music that moves the people. He makes ratchet music with beats that inspire girls to twerk, paired with witty punchlines in lyrics that curate a feel-good vibe that inspires listeners to dance.

Check out for music & show dates. 

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Justin Whang

Justin’s “Tales from the Internet” YouTube series covers unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, and other internet ephemera 👻

Digging up the weirdest stories from the Internet and IRL that you didn’t know you needed to know about.

What you didn’t know you needed to know lives here: 

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Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.12.5

Desktop Dev Channel v1.11.53

Desktop Beta Channel v1.10.85

Android Release Channel v1.9.79

Brave for iOS v1.17

Please be sure to keep your Brave browser updated to the latest version at all times. This will allow you to stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the app store. 

Brave Team Tweets

Brendan Eich, CEO & Co-founder
Des Martin, Marketing Leader
Des Martin, Marketing Leader
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations

BAT/Brave in the News

Yahoo Finance: Privacy-focused internet browser Brave added 1.5 million monthly active users (MAU) in April and May.

Founded in 2015, Brave is an open-source web browser that aims to protect users’ privacy by blocking ads and website trackers. The browser has experienced consistent growth, surpassing 10 million MAU in Nov. 2019. As last reported, Brave had 13.5 million MAU and 4.3 million daily active users (DAU) in the month of March.

According to the latest statistics provided by the firm, Brave maintained its strong momentum of growth and saw a total of 15 million MAU and 5 million DAU in May.

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BTC Manager: Brave Browser Surges Past 15 Million Monthly, 5 Million Daily Active Users

Brave, a web browser that aims to give users complete control over their digital identity and privacy continues to witness widespread adoption in terms of the number of users.

According to a recent announcement, the browser saw its monthly active users grow to 15.4 million in May – a growth of 50 percent since the Brave 1.0 launch in November 2019.

Similarly, the browser’s daily active users surged to 5.3 million – up from approximately 2 million users one year ago.

In the same vein, the browser’s flagship Brave Ads experienced a significant surge in interest from some of the leading global brands. Since its launch last year, the browser’s private-by -design Brave Ads has attracted about 1,530 campaigns – a healthy increase from the 400 campaigns reported in October 2019. Notably, Brave Ads campaigns are now supported in 183 countries.

The upward traction in terms of adoption has been a resounding success for Brave Ads as they saw their CTR (click-through rate) jump to an impressive 9 percent vis-a-vis the 2 percent industry average. Compared to the 97 million ad confirmation events reported in October 2019, Brave Ads witnessed a mammoth 930 percent surge with over 1 billion ad confirmation events to date.

Decrypt: Brave’s massive growth signals rising concerns over privacy online

Crypto-friendly and privacy-focused web browser Brave yesterday announced that it has hit 15 million monthly active users and 5.3 million daily active users.

This is an increase of 50% since the launch of Brave 1.0 this November and 5 million more monthly users than it reported in December 2019. The number of daily active users is up 2 million compared to a year ago. 

“Consumers are waking up to the tracking performed by Big Tech and moving en masse to services that promise to do better,” said Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy. Brave’s milestone is proof that “Consumers are voting with their feet,” he said, “a trend that we will continue to see long into the future.”

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News You Should Know

The Indian Express: Explained: The recent lawsuit against Google for ‘tracking incognito internet use’

On Tuesday (June 2), Google was sued in a proposed class action suit in the US. The lawsuit alleges that the company tracks people even when they are browsing the internet using the “private mode”. The class action suit demands $5 billion from Google’s parent firm Alphabet for violating the Federal Wiretap law and the invasion of privacy Act.

It also claims that Google’s interception of user data is “intentional” and “unlawful”. Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, told Reuters that the company will defend itself “vigorously” against the claims. “As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity,” Castaneda was quoted as saying in the report.

Last month, the company was sued by Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who alleged that Google violated user privacy by tracking the user location even when it had been turned off. On May 28, Brnovich tweeted, “Today we filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Google for deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data, which Google then exploits for its lucrative advertising business.”

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Cnet: How to maintain your digital privacy at protests

Digital privacy has always been a concern for activists, who take precautions to make sure oppressive government regimes can’t track them down and silence their advocacy. With daily protests happening across the US, thousands of people are finding themselves becoming activists for the first time. 

Protesters have taken to the streets in a number of cities to demonstrate against police brutality after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died when an officer pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The officers involved have been arrested and charged, but police continue to escalate forceful measures against protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. 

If you’re attending a protest, you know the risk of surveillance is high. Police have used tools like warrants to amass information on large crowds, social media surveillance to monitor protesters and facial recognition to identify people.

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