AMA: David Temkin, Brave’s Chief Product Officer — Oct. 4, 2018

Hi, I’m David Temkin.

Way back in the late Precambrian era, my father brought home an Apple II+. Since then, I’ve been hooked on computers and software — especially on the parts of computing that touch human beings.

I taught myself how to code (6502 assembly); eventually got a computer science degree from Brown, and not long after that found my way to Silicon Valley. I made the move from the east coast to work at Apple, as an engineer on the software team for its first-ever mobile device — the Newton. It was a very interesting five years. We laughed. We cried. We learned a lot about building a breakthrough product…. and shipping it too soon.

In 1997, when Apple appeared to be on its deathbed (who could have known?!) I left and went to @Home Network, where I had the privilege of getting an up-close-and-personal view of the dot-com boom. At the time, dial-up was the way to get online;  @Home was the company that made consumer broadband a reality. During that time, I also published a satirical magazine with the tagline, “Every day, computers are making people easier to use”. It was a funny tagline, then. It’s not nearly as funny now, as so much of what we were writing about — including ubiquitous surveillance — has become an uncomfortable fact of life.

In 2001 I co-founded Laszlo Systems, a company that pioneered web technology that enabled rich user experiences, including drag-and-drop and interface animation, that are now staples of contemporary development and design. A few years later, we decided to make our software open source. (That’s when I first met Brendan Eich, who was then CTO of Mozilla).

I spent as much time at Laszlo as I did in high school and college combined — a duration which may well be illegal in Silicon Valley. Following Laszlo, worked at Palm as VP of its webOS developer platform, and then as GM/SVP of Mobile and Mail at AOL, and then as CTO of Hightail / YouSendIt. Then, in 2015 I co-founded my second startup a messaging app startup called Cola, and finally joined Brave last fall.

Brave wraps a lot of my interests together in one very intriguing proposition. It takes user experience, developer platforms, open source, and — most interestingly — an entirely new approach to the content economy that challenges the foundations of surveillance capitalism. We’re fighting the good fight with a highly-principled, layered strategy that stands of fighting chance of undoing a currently exploitative, ineffective ecosystem for users, content creators, and advertisers.

See the full AMA here.

AMA: Johnny Ryan, Brave’s Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer — Sep. 5, 2018

Dr. Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave and is responsible for policy and privacy matters, as well as relationships with industry partners and regulators.

Before joining Brave, Dr. Ryan was responsible for PageFair’s research and analysis, as well as industry relations.

Previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment, and information. Dr. Ryan is the author of two books (“A History of the Internet in the Digital Future” is available on Amazon). His first book was based on his work at the IIEA, and was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union.

His expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, Le Monde, NPR, Advertising Age, FortuneBusiness Week, the BBC, Sky News, and many others. As an O’Reilly Foundation Ph.D. scholar at the University of Cambridge, he studied the spread of militant memes on the Web.

He started his career as a designer and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.

See the full AMA here.

How to Verify a YouTube Channel with Brave Payments (verified publisher)

Brave Payments is a contribution platform, similar to Patreon, that allows Brave users to donate to their favourite creators and publishers, like you! To learn more about Brave Payments and how it works, click here.

Verifying your YouTube channel so that you can receive BAT contributions from your viewers on Brave is easy and only takes a minute.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • The first thing you need to do is head over to
  • Find the text box that says, “New to Brave Payments? Start verification by entering your e-mail,” and click “get started.”
  • Type in your e-mail address and click, “get started.” You should get a pop-up saying that an e-mail is on its way, which you can go ahead and open.
  • Follow the link in the e-mail to log into Brave Payments. You should now arrive at your Brave Payments publisher dashboard.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “add channel.” You will now see a popup showing you that you can verify either a website, a YouTube channel or a Twitch channel.

Select “YouTube channel.” Then, simply choose the account that you’d like to sign in with. Once you’re back on your publisher dashboard, scroll to the bottom of the page to your list of verified channels. Your YouTube channel should now appear as “verified”!

On the bottom right-hand side opposite your channel name, you will be able to view your channel’s contribution balance denominated in BAT. Each month, the BAT you’ve earned from user contributions will be deposited into your linked Uphold account.

That’s it! You are all set to start receiving contributions!