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For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation).
Type Private
Headquarters New York City, New York
Chairperson Lori Fena, Advisor
Daniel Pinchbeck, Advisor
Nguyen Anh Tuan, Advisor
Key people Bill Ottman, Founder & CEO
John Ottman, Co-Founder & Chairman
Mark Harding, Co-Founder & CTO
Industry Internet
Employees 11-50
Website www.minds.com
Alexa rank Increase 23k (June 2015)[1]
Type of site Social network service
Registration Required to post, follow, or be followed; Anonymous registration allowed
Users 1+ million active (June 2015)[2]
Launched 2015

Minds is an open source social networking service, headquartered in New York City. Elements of the global hacktivist collective Anonymous showed initial support for Minds, based on its foundation of transparency and privacy.[3]


Minds was founded by Bill Ottman, John Ottman and Mark Harding in 2014, and launched to the public in June 2015.[4]

The Minds Advisory board is represented by American Internet activist Lori Fena, author Daniel Pinchbeck and Nguyen Anh Tuan of the Boston Global Forum.

The service is being developed by Minds. Inc.


Native device support[edit]

Minds is supported on both desktop and mobile devices. An official mobile Minds application is available for iOS and Android.[5]


The Minds social network includes full end-to-end encryption and asymmetrically encrypted chat messaging with private passwords.

Rewards system[edit]

Minds rewards content and engagement (swipes, votes, referrals and comments) with points, which users can then spend towards "boosting" posts.[6]

Users may also purchase points with PayPal and the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, which are added to Minds' digital wallet.

Voting and swiping[edit]

With Minds, users can vote on content and other users using swipe technology, similar to the app Tinder.


Minds allows its users to discover people and brands with geofiltering for local and global networking.


Minds.org is a portal for community code development, documentation and planetary democratic governance of the Minds distributed social networking stack which includes Apache Cassandra, Neo4j, Apache Cordova, AngularJS, PHP, Nginx and Elasticsearch.

Business model[edit]

Minds monetizes through its points-purchasing system and white-label services, which allow businesses to create their own social network based on the Minds platform.[7]


  1. ^ "Minds.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "This Social Network You've Never Heard Of Has Nearly 1 Million Users, Its CEO Says". Huffington Post. June 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Andrew. "Super-private social network launched to take on Facebook with support of Anonymous", The Independent, UK, 17 June 2015. Retrieved on 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "New encrypted social network ‘Minds’ aims to rival Facebook", The Independent, Russia, 17 June 2015. Retrieved on 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Anonymous backs encrypted social networks", Wired, UK, 16 June 2015. Retrieved on 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Anonymous backs encrypted social networks", International Business Times, New York City, 15 June 2015. Retrieved on 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "A social network called Minds has an answer to Facebook’s strangling of organic posts", VentureBeat, San Francisco, 15 June 2015. Retrieved on 10 July 2015.

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