Success in the next generation of social media will be driven by people rewarding one another: the next phase of the passion economy is built with a foundation of community. Trybe is shaping this future by giving people the power to build their community in one place to reward one another, have fun, and be creative.

People have been giving each other money for decades on the internet. Think about the positive impact made on people's lives just by the efforts of Stripe, PayPal or Shopify alone... whether that's small businesses, creators and independent artists. Now people are showing more than ever that they want to reward each other for what they do online, take Patreon for example. We're putting rewards at the heart of the social network we're building.

Plus, when it comes to social media, people don't want to have to think about the negative impact it has on their lives, and advertising and algorithms, when all they're trying to do is have fun with their friends. That's where we come in. Why would we all let ourselves feel bad for trying to have fun?

That's why people feel good about spending their time on Trybe, and making money while they're at it. We think growth in social media is mutually exclusive with driving community and growth in the passion economy. That desire is out there for people, and they don't have a single place to turn.

The old way of running an advertising business, driven by algorithms, corporations, with some features that allow for users to transact is over. The days are numbered for companies like Facebook, where companies make money off your content without you being rewarded for what you do. We're not letting that happen any longer by allowing for creators, fans and friends to build and run their community for themselves without a manipulative middle man.

Think about the people in your life that feel like they have to hustle, rent out their cars or homes, and have a number of side gigs to get by? That's not so fun, right? It's a chase. People are passionate, and creative, but above all else, people have fun online, and there's no reason they shouldn't be rewarded for what they do. Engagement on the internet of the future will only come from people rewarding each other, and Trybe is at the heart of how creators, fans and friends do that together.

Our Focus

Our team has come together to reinvent social media, giving power back to the users and empowering creators through a fair and equitable system.

Meet the Team

THOMAS JANKOWSKI
CEO

Serial entrepreneur, investor, top 35 under 35, global exec. (ex-Coinsquare, Quasilife, FlightNetwork, Postmedia).

JONATHAN STEVENS
Head of Technology

Experienced problem solver, full stack tech leader and mentor. (ex-RIM, Scotiabank, FlightNetwork, Postmedia).

ADRIENNE PETRIE
Head of Product & Design

Developer, product designer and a veteran of all things art. (ex-Planswell, Globe & Mail, Influitive)

PHIL CHRAPKA
Head of Data

JON TOWER AKERMAN
Head of Product Marketing

HAARIS FAROOQUI
Customer Success Lead

THIAGO FIGUEIREDO
Software Engineer

YANNIS LI
Software Engineer

TONY GAO
Software Developer


Founders / Angels


CHAD KROEGER

Lead singer of top-selling, multi-platinum band Nickelback & 604 Records Inc, a Canadian record label.

FELIPE FREIG

Successful musician, ex-Jet Black Stare, owner of Versa Platinum Construction, a major construction company in BC.

DAN SWINIMER

Successful musician, ex-Jet Black Stare, owner of Manicdown Music Inc., a major production studio.

BILL SWINIMER

Serial entrepreneur in the manufacturing business, chairman and board member, YPO Gold.