Dearest Hustle reader,
We’re hiring and, if you think you’re hot shit, I want you to apply. We’re looking for product engineers and content creators. You can find the openings here.
“Sam, I don’t want to work at your stupid startup. Why would I, a super talented person who can easily work at Facebook, Google, or anywhere else wanna come join your motley crew?”
Well, inner dialogue, I’m glad you asked.
But first, let me tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t work with us.
- You like ping pong tables and fancy tea – I knew a guy who raised $1 million of funding off an idea. After the money hit his bank he went out and leased a $15k/month fancy office, bought a ping pong table, picked up a dozen different types of loose leaf tea and fancy jars to store them in, and spent $30k on branded tshirts. It’s been a year since he started and he has yet to make any revenue or release a product. This isn’t us. We’re a real business that makes real money, and I refuse to spend cash on dumb stuff. Plus, I hate tea and think ping pong is about as much of a sport as checkers is.
- You want that 9-5 life – I don’t remember the last time anyone on the team showed up at 9 and left at 5. Our team works their asses off. Why? Because putting in a hard days work feels really, really good. It’s rewarding. Seeing an idea come to life is one of the greatest feelings ever, but you have to work until your eyes bleed to make it happen. Get a job at Yahoo if you wanna float on by. You can get a cushy gig there and never show up. Seriously…you can.
- You love structure and certainty – 18 months ago I knew next to nothing about the media world. Seriously…nothing. Now I’ve cofounded one of the fastest growing media startups out there. And in the next year and a half The Hustle will be one of the most read publications in America. Things here move fast. We learn quickly and are constantly trying new things. We’ll have an idea and a week later be implementing it. Most people hate that type of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Still interested? Good. Now allow me to tell you a little bit about The Hustle.
The Hustle is a media company that helps young people succeed. Each morning we send out an email that tells our readers the news they need to know to start their day, why it’s important, and what it means to them.
We have millions of monthly readers, most of whom are ambitious 20 or 30-somethings. They read us because we have a no bullshit and authentic way of getting our point across, which as we as we all saw with the media in this past election, is rare. They rely on us to tell them the truth and to cut through all this nonsense going on in this world.
Now, back to the original question: why should you work for us?
One word: impact.
One of the worst things in life is not having a voice. That feeling you have when you know that you can and should be making a difference but can’t because of the bureaucracy or some other nonsense…that feeling is the worst.
Our team is still small, only 8 people, so you’ll be the 9th or 10th hire. That means that the ideas you think of or the opinions you have, they’ll actually matter. And while we plan on growing this thing to be a massive company, we’re small enough now that each person has a significant and immediate impact.
So what will you be doing?
Our biggest priority is to hit 1,000,000 daily users by October of 2017, which means everyone on the team is focused on either creating a product people love so much that they rant about it to their friends or growing whatever is working.
You can see the exact job descriptions here, but your job will be focused on that goal. Then, as we grow, we’re going create new products to solve more problems in our users’ lives.
As of now, most media companies make their revenue from banner ads. We don’t think that’s sustainable (or exciting). Instead, we’re focused on creating products that our users love enough to actually pay for, which will allow us to continue to create some of the best journalism on the internet. As an early team member you’ll be responsible for helping create some of the products.
Sound good? Good, great, grand.
Click here to see the job descriptions.
Or, if you prefer, just give me a shout: [email protected]
-Sam, CEO of The Hustle
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