Definition of a team building exercise #skimmlife

Definition of a team building exercise #skimmlife

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Why We Said ‘Yes’

We’ve talked a lot about learning to say no. No to various opportunities, no to job seekers, and no to certain interview skills we’ve seen. But we’ve grown to a point in our business where we have to start saying ‘yes.’ Yes to opportunity and yes to people who want to build theSkimm with us.

We have now hired half of our team. Making our first hire was the weirdest thing we’ve done to date. We’ve been in our own bubble (literally—our apartment is quite small) and no one has had a stake in our day-to-day…until now. It is the most surreal — and special — moment to hear someone believes enough in what you’re doing enough to commit to take the leap with you and build it together. Hearing someone quit their stable job  to join us made us simultaneously want to vomit, jump up and down, pop the champagne, and get to work. 

The three people we’ve hired impressed us with their passion, skills, ideas, and plans for execution.

PS We’re still hiring for business development and editorial  

WHO WE HIRED:

Ryan-Growth Skimm’r

What’s his job? To understand our user growth and strategize how to grow more

What’d he do before? Director of Analytics at Fab

Why’d we hire him? When we came up with this job posting, we thought about what types of problems this person would need to solve and what type of experience they likely had. And then we trolled LinkedIn and found Ryan—to say he’s the man of our dreams is awkward but Ryan fit everything we were looking for. He had a background in finance with experience in e-commerce, newsletters, and scaling. He is someone who likes to hear about problems because he wants to find innovative ways to solve them. His focus is on growth, so is ours. Match made in heaven.

Daniel-Developer Skimm’r

What’s his job? To make theSkimm user experience better

What’d he do before? Software engineer at Meetup; flew planes (NBD)

Why’d we hire him? Daniel has been a friend of theSkimm for a VERY long time. He has been our 911 call when things break, when we panic, and he still likes us. Daniel likes to build things and from day one has said he wanted to build theSkimm with us into a lifestyle brand that would transform the news experience. He is passionate about the product and our playlists and never says “No,” always “We’ll find a way.”

Kaylin-Community Skimm’r

What’s her job? To grow our base on college campuses and help with other grassroots outreach.

What’d she do before? Strategy consultant at IBM

Why’d we hire her? Kaylin is theSkimm demo. She had been a longtime reader and could explain why theSkimm was the right product to start her day better than we could—she embodied our brand and who better to sell what we are than the customer? But she also came with ideas and an execution plan. We’ve seen so many people come in with thousands of great ideas that are either not realistic or cost wayyyy too much money; Kaylin’s consulting background showed us she was a problem solver.

New Entrepreneur Lesson of the Day: Don’t rush into a relationship but when you meet the one, pop that question.

What you know about me? Our desk sets are @poppin Thanks for helping us color coordinate! #lilmamaref #workhappy #skimmlife #officesupplyhigh

What you know about me? Our desk sets are @poppin Thanks for helping us color coordinate! #lilmamaref #workhappy #skimmlife #officesupplyhigh

Flair or not to flair?

2014 is already a big deal at Skimm HQ. We will have our first office and our first employees start (today!) and the two-(wo)man team known as Skimm HQ will be no more. We’ve been preparing ourselves for what it means to grow a team and create a company culture. And have been thinking a LOT about what type of CEOs we want to be.

We’ve heard horror stories. Like the time we went to one office where all the employees had to wear black flat shoes because the CEO liked to be the only one in bright high-heeled shoes. Or the one where the co-founders would only take meetings while they were on their TrekDesk.

We’ve been compiling some of the best advice we’ve gotten over the years from our former bosses and managers, our current mentors,  and fellow business owners. Below are some of our favs. 

- The best CEOs respond to email themselves. Quickly.

- There is a known balance between work and life. Find it. Hold onto it.

- There is also a known balance between when a boss is a friend and when a boss is a boss. 

- Be a leader — an organized one

- Know what your team does on a daily basis

- Put a name next to each task you want done

- Be a mama bear when it comes to protecting your team

- Look out for the future. It’s coming. 

- Focus. Focus. Focus. So others can as well. 

- Make sure your office is inviting. No one wants to wake up and go work some place that makes them sad.

- Incentivize your team by thinking long term

- Read “The Secret” — again. You’ve got to see success to be a success. Or something like that. 

- Say ‘thank you’ 

-Your team needs to believe in you and see you confident. If you don’t know an answer to something, come up with one

-No one will care about your company more than you. But try and make them.

We’ll let you know how our transition goes this year. We are currently looking into having a long table instead of a TrekDesk and making Friday meetings BYOB. Thoughts?

How not to get a job at theSkimm

We are very excited to add to our Skimm team in 2014 and so thrilled with the new hires we’ve already made. We have been interviewing a LOT of people. Turns out it’s actually not more fun to be on the other side of the interview process. 

Putting aside everything that’s about to follow, the biggest takeaway we have from the job application process is how amazing it is to see how excited people are to join our team and how much they believe in theSkimm. Truly, nothing has meant more to us than that.

Things we’ve learned:

  1. An interview is as much about you interviewing the candidate as it is for them to interview and learn about you. Both sides need to bring their A-game and want it.
  2. People need direction and it is hugely important for the employer to lay out what they expect from this position. 
  3. Negotiating is an art. And you (the employer) will be very bad at it your first few times.
  4. People need to hear your short term goals and long-term vision. Share it. Make them excited.

The process has also brought to light a lot of major mistakes we’ve seen from potential candidates. Examples below.

Things people need to learn:

Skimm A: Hey I like Applicant X  and Y. Did X send in a thank you note?

Skimm B: Nope.

Skimm A: OK, let’s talk to Y.

      *Thank you notes

Your parents weren’t just being annoying when they made you write them. It seems like such an obvious thing to do but so many people do not take the time to do it. We literally have a column on our interview spreadsheet indicating who wrote a thank you note and who didn’t.  First, they show you have manners. And if you are talking about a role where you will be representing the brand and interfacing with clients, these are things we are are paying attention to. Secondly, they show an interest in the product and the know how to follow up. 

    *Apply for a specific position

Applicant: Hi I have a lot of talents. Let me know where I’d be a good fit.

Early startups have very specific problems that need solving. Positions are specific to skill sets that can offer solutions. Having us do the work to translate your talents into positions we’ve already posted doesn’t make us excited. This is a big mistake Skimm A and B made in pre-Skimm lives when applying to jobs and something that is very annoying to see on the other side.

      *Apply for the right position

theSkimm: Hi, what are you applying for?

Applicant: I’m a college senior and I’m going to be your head of Business Development

theSkimm: We have an entry level position you may be better suited for

Applicant: No, no, I have a lot of experience

We have gotten so many applications with people saying they are interested in both our most senior role and our most junior role. That is a big red flag.  If you are graduating from college this spring, you are likely not qualified for a senior role. 

    *Homework

theSkimm: Thanks for applying! Please send us a sample Skimm in our voice 

Applicant: Sorry, I’ve been writing so many applications I’m not interested in doing another writing sample.

theSkimm: Goodbye

We ask most candidates to complete a homework assignment. This is a test to see how you think, that you can complete tasks specific to the role, and that you can meet deadlines and follow through. Getting your trial homework in late is not a good start.

For editorial candidates,  we ask them to write a sample Skimm in our voice. This is to see they can master what we do on a daily basis.  When candidates write it in a different format or ask to see examples of our format (read: try signing up for the email) it goes to the “No” pile.

     *Grilling

theSkimm:Thanks for coming in! Would love for you to tell us more about yourself

Applicant: Let’s actually start with you. How did you get investors to give you money?

Candidates are 100% interviewing us as much as we are them (see above) but there’s an art to doing that. We are the first to say we are new at this, that this is an early-stage company, and that we are learning a lot. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t professionals. We have had too many meetings when the interview asks us questions like “do you really think this is a business?” Yes — one you won’t be joining. 

    * Know your stage

theSkimm: Tell us what you’re looking for in this position

Applicant: Well I don’t do ad sales, I hate powerpoint, and please never ask me to deal with Excel.

Startups are not for everyone. That’s OK. Early stage startups are definitely not for everyone. Sometimes people forget that.  They weren’t for us pre-Skimm lives. When you list all the things you don’t want to work on, it’s a sign you are not cut out for the constantly changing environment of a new company. It’s fine to know these things but should also help you redirect your job search to something more stable.

    *Compensation

theSkimm: We’d like to make you an offer

Applicant: Great, I’d like to be paid $200k and have 8% of your company. 

No one joins an early stage startup for the salary. It’s very common place for compensation to be a mix of cash and equity and as a new company we have decided to grant all of our first employees equity, as a sign we are invested in them as much as they are in us. If you’re looking at a startup, see how much money they’ve taken in, how many people they are hiring, and do the math. And know, there are no “departments” yet.

   *Honesty

Applicant: I’m 110% taking this job if you offer it

theSkimm: It’s yours.

Applicant: Actually, I’m up for a big promotion at my current job and probably would want to get that first.

  The best kinds of candidates are the ones that are very candid. Honesty about what you want out of the position and if you’re talking to other companies is totally OK. It does no one any favors—on either side of this process—to lead someone on if you’re not serious. 

    *Start what you finish

theSkimm: Great chatting! We’d love to take next steps

Applicant: Well, I don’t  know if I’d take the job if I got it 

While this may seem contradictory to the point above, this one is for the benefit of the interviewee. It is always best to go through an interview process just to see what happens.  We benefited from this in our pre-Skimm lives and recently tried to return the favor and helped a candidate who wasn’t right for us get a new job. She starts next week.  

      *Know how to lie

theSkimm: Great to meet! What do you think of the product?

Applicant: It’s meh.

Again this may seem contradictory to a point above but there is an art to lying in an interview. When we ask what you think of the product, you might want to make us feel like you like it. And when we ask what you want to do we aren’t impressed when you say “I have no idea.” We are all figuring it out but there’s a way to artfully do it and sometimes it involves a fib or two.

        *Know the time

theSkimm: We’d love to talk with you about opportunity to join our team

Applicant: That’s amazing! I really like my job now  so can I join in a year?

Startups move very quickly. A year in startup land could mean new funding, acquisition, or disbanding. Waiting too long to act means missed opportunities. We’ve made the mistake of waiting too long to close a candidate and losing the opportunity and many applicants have made the mistake of thinking our needs now will be the same a year from now.

Fake It Till You Make It

Now that the fundraising process is complete, we can be honest: We had no idea what the F we were doing when we started. Our pre-Skimm lives had nothing to do with a business background. The following are things we learned that  may seem very obvious to many of you. But they weren’t for us. And they aren’t for many out there who are thinking about starting something (don’t let it scare you). 

Valuation

What it means:  How much your company is worth before and after you raise money

How we learned it:  In one of our first meetings in the earliest of Skimm days we were asked what valuation we were raising at. We had never heard this term before so Skimm A held up her hand and put a few fingers down to indicate a number. We didn’t know if we were talking hundreds, thousands, millions, or giving up a kidney. Turns out it can be a bit of a made up number that everyone else like to judge you on.

Pitch Deck

What it means: Essentially your sales pitch presentation you send around, ask others to forward, and bring to investors to look at. It’s your vision and your plan in a few slides. It should get you the meeting or help you close.

How we learned it: Right around launch, a friend sent over examples of some stellar pitch decks. We created our presentation and thought it was brilliant and gorgeous. It was neither.  So then we met with some consultants who said they would do it for us. They’d write out our vision.  It wasn’t until  the end of our raise that we sat on a stoop eating turkey sandwiches and forced one another to present to the other. We realized that no one could explain our vision except, well, us. The rest is history.

Lead

What it means: An investor who likely puts the most money into the round and sets the terms for the deal. It’s a stamp of validation for other investors who want to make sure someone is invested enough in you.

How we learned it: An early potential investor asked us who our lead was and we said we were. We were leading ourselves. That was very, very much the wrong answer. We then learned that everyone likes to say they’ll give you money once you have a lead. It’s as fun finding one as it sounds. You should also seriously consider finding one you really want to have a relationship with because it’s compared to ‘a marriage’. Think about how picky you are just dating. 

Term Sheet

What it means: The terms of the deal as agreed upon with the lead investor.

How we learned it: When we had a signed one we thought our deal  was done and could break out the champagne. Our parents thought we were done and told the world. You are not done until the fat lady sings and your lawyers go through and edit the hundreds of pages of documentation that the term sheet is mean to summarize. You are engaged, you are not married—this is pre-nup time. Again, as fun as it sounds.

New Entrepeneur Lesson of the Day: Fake it till you make it. And have a few close friends and advisors who you can ask A LOT of questions.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Last week, we announced that we had raised a round of funding. We could not be happier about who our partners are and what is to come. We have been in full hiring mode since the announcement but have had time to reflect on the fundraising process.  Our next few posts will cover different parts of the raising process but here are some initial thoughts.

Things we learned:

Fundraising is hard.

Fundraising is really hard when it’s your first time doing it.

Fundraising is a lot like dating. It’s really fun to talk about the good ol’ days once you’re settled down in a relationship. Going through it, however, can be miserable

We went into the process admittedly naive. We thought we’d show investors the email. Some nice press articles. Give them a Skimm T. They’d fall in love. Money would be in the bank in three weeks. We’d all have a glass of champagne. 

That is not how it went.

The process was long, stressful, and brought about the first tears in Skimm HQ ever. But it was necessary and transformative. Being able to pitch our company to someone else forced us to rearticulate, redefine, and sharpen our vision for theSkimm. It turned us into better co-founders and co-CEOs. It brought us focus, tougher skin, and made us so excited for what we could get done with the right partners and funds.

Things that are great about fundraising:

You focus

You meet so many new people. We have developed such an incredible network of mentors through the process and never would have met them had we not been out there

You get more excited than you ever thought you could be about your company

It is very surreal to talk about more money than you ever imagined seeing in your bank account

Things that are not great about fundraising:

It’s awkward asking people for money and doesn’t get less awkward over time

People can be rude and condescending…especially during your first time

You are giving up ownership in your company

It’s very hard not to take things personally

You say your pitch so many times that you sometimes blurt it out while ordering dinner

Things we are happy we’ll never hear again

"Is this your first time raising money?"

"Have you even thought about your business plan yet?"

"Do you two hate  each other yet?"

"Who did you pay to put your deck together?"

"Who’s doing the raise for you?"

"Do you just do this on the side and have day jobs?"

New Entrepreneur Lesson of the Day: Fundraising is hard and it’s very tempting to hire people to help you. But it’s extremely valuable to do it yourself. It’s your company. Make it happen. 

Up that resume game—-Insta-Gram style

If you’re thinking of applying for a job at theSkimm, better up that resume game, because Skimm A’s Grandma just applied. And we’re impressed.  See below:

MY RESUME

To whom It may concern:

I hereby offer my services to any and all interested parties (even those not interested).

My qualifications are as follows:

  1.  I don’t drink, smoke or sleep on the job (except on weekdays).
  2. I take minimum amounts of time for lunch breaks and for normal restroom visitations (except when I really have to go)
  3. I smile often and nod my head in agreement even when I disagree with decisions made by higher-ups in the firm (which will probably be often.
  4. I wear attractive and well fitting attire with a demure aspect so far as colors are concerned (altho I’m partial to red, purple, green, yellow and pink all on one outfit).
  5. I can type with the best of them (also with the worst).
  6. I wear drugstore glasses (I’m cheap!)
  7. I’m a Democrat (in moments of need)
  8. I’m a Republican (under duress)
  9. I’m usually an independent (for what it’s worth)
  10. 11. My bank account is nil but I’m hoping to get a salary soon (is this a paying job?)
  11.  I don’t know anything about your company but I’m sure I’m right for this job)
  12. Call me soon as I’m much in demand (oops!  I forgot my e-mail address) (I’m old!)
  13.  When do I start?

Also known as Insta-Gram

Big News!

A little over a year ago, we sent the first Daily Skimm email out of our tiny apartment and prayed for the best (slash nearly had a stroke). And with that first send, theSkimm was born. All that has happened since has surpassed our wildest expectations.

We launched theSkimm because we could not ignore a big void in the market — we saw that our friends, who are highly educated and very busy, were not engaging with news in a way they enjoyed, fit into their routine, or made them keep coming back for more. As news producers, we knew we could fix this and had the passion to take it on. So we gave theSkimm a voice that would cut through the noise and that our target audience could connect with, using a delivery mechanism — email — that they already use daily.

Through the power of word of mouth, theSkimm has become one of the fastest growing e-newsletters to date with unprecedented user engagement. You — our readers — are waking up with us and Skimm’ing before your coffee, before you brush your teeth (thanks for that) and before you talk to anyone else… and then you’re telling your friends and co-workers about theSkimm all day long. We want to build upon that, which means it’s time to take things to the next level…

We have raised a round of funding.

This next year is about scale.  Scaling our user base in a way that maintains high user engagement and scaling our team from the two-(wo)man band it currently is. We are hiring a team made up of highly skilled engineers, a designer, business experts, growth strategists, and journalists to help us expand theSkimm’s reach. We will be focusing on improving the user experience, implementing key partnerships, and doubling down on strategic growth opportunities. We’re going to do all this with the help of a $1.1 million Seed financing led by Homebrew and supported by  RRE Ventures,  Troy Carter of  Atom Factory, Bob Pittman, Gordon Crawford,  Richard Greenfield, and our earliest angel supporters, including Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Nancy & Jeffrey B. Lane,  Five Island Ventures, and advisors like Dany Levy, founder of DailyCandy, and Laurie Racine, founder of Startl. We could not be more excited!

We chose Homebrew as our lead for Satya Patel and Hunter Walk’s unprecedented knowledge of product building at Twitter and YouTube and because of their obvious desire to help us build the company that we envision. We knew we had found the right partners when the four of us had lunch and each knew what the other’s co-founder was ordering.

theSkimm isn’t just about reading an email, it’s about living a Skimm life. Our goal is to redefine information consumption to fit into a streamlined modern routine and turn the news experience into an actual lifestyle brand.

How will this affect current Skimm’rs? It won’t, there will just be a lot more of you. Knock on wood. Oh, and the Daily Skimm will be prettier.

There are no words to adequately thank you — our friends, our mentors, and our family for all of the support over the past year and for appreciating the fact that sometimes we have a one-track mind: theSkimm.

To our Skimm’rs — we cannot thank you enough. To everyone else — better join theSkimm life right now. Seriously, go sign up.  And tell friends.

Did we mention we are hiring?


Help Wanted

Yes, we are hiring. Big help wanted sign hanging in front of Skimm HQ!

If interested for the following opportunities, please email resume and a brief description of why you’re interested in theSkimm to jobs@theskimm.com

Positions:


Business Development Director

The Company: theSkimm is a lifestyle company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth and unprecedented engagement. Having recently closed our seed round, we’re growing the team

The Role: theSkimm is looking to hire an “all-around athlete” to focus on the subscriber growth, revenue, and development of our company. The Business Development Director will work closely with the founders to  identify growth and revenue opportunities with relevant partners and execute upon them.  The role will include ad sales and creating sponsorship materials along with models and rates. 

Director will work directly with a Growth Strategist. This is the first Business hire for our company and the role brings with it opportunity for broad responsibilities.


Requirements:

  • Subscriber to theSkimm and passionate about the company and its vision

  • Ambition and strong leadership ability, including close attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with limited structure, without losing sight of broader vision

  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role, closing deals and negotiating contracts, with ad sales experience a plus

  • Highly collaborative with entrepreneurial energy.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

Pluses:

  • Experience in a start-up environment a plus

  • 3+ years of experience working within media industry strongly preferred but not required
  • Proficient in Photoshop

  • Experience with WordPress & MailChimp

  • Bachelor’s Degree, MBA preferred but not required

If interested, please send resume/portfolio to jobs@theskimm.com. 

Web Developer (Full Stack Developer) 

The Company: theSkimm is a lifestyle company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth into six figure membership and unprecedented engagement.  Having recently closed our seed round, we’re growing the team

Job Description:

We are looking for a technically adept and highly creative Web Developer to join our NYC-based team. As part of the team (and our first in-house developer), you will own our product and technology stack from end-to-end. We will rely on your technical expertise to ensure that our daily e-newsletter, archive and content system are stable and reliable. We will rely on your creative skills and technical acumen to suggest and implement solutions for new functionality, as we own the morning for millions of users worldwide.

Requirements:

  • You have had experience in front end and back end web dev

  • You’ve got great HTML, CSS and Javascript skills

  • You’ve written code in a full-stack web framework like Ruby on Rails

  • You’ve maintained a blog on a hosting service like WordPress

  • You have used and configured off-the-shelf services like AWS, Heroku, MailChimp, Sailthru and Google Analytics

  • You know your way around Photoshop to produce an attractive graphic design

  • You are passionate about the mission of theSkimm

Pluses:

  • You’ve done full-stack web development (from pixel to database) in the past, and have an attractive portfolio of sites to show for it

  • You’ve run a popular content site

  • You’ve built an iOS or Android app

  • You’ve maintained a growing e-newsletter

  • You have experience digging through metrics

  • You work well in small teams and feel comfortable being the lead developer

If interested, please send resume/portfolio to jobs@theskimm.com.

Growth Strategist

The Company: theSkimm is a media company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth and unprecedented engagement.  Having recently closed our seed round, we’re growing the team.

The Role: We are looking for a growth strategist and viral marketer to join our NYC-based team. This means you will think outside of the box to take theSkimm’s user acquisition to a new level. Your job is to leverage what we’ve done and GROW OUR ENGAGED USER BASE.  We will rely on your creativity, marketing experience, and analytics skills to suggest and implement on-brand campaigns to drive user acquisition, while maintaining and increasing engagement.

Requirements:

  • You have successfully grown a user base of over 1 million members

  • You know your away around viral and paid acquisition

  • You have experience working with SEO

  • You have used A/B testing and data analytics to create growth strategies

  • You have an innate interest in and knack for understanding audience behavior and patterns and the analytics that go along with them.

  • You are passionate about the mission of theSkimm and growing the audience  

  • You want to work at an early stage start-up, meaning you are a go-getter and work well in small teams.

Pluses:

  • You have worked with content and e-mail marketing to increase brand awareness, engagement and traffic

  • HTML/CSS/JS skills

  • You are a hybrid between marketer and coder

If interested, please send resume and a short paragraph on why you want to work at theSkimm to jobs@theskimm.com

Community Marketer (Jr. Marketing Manager)

The Company: theSkimm is a media company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth and unprecedented engagement.  Now is the time to get in.

The Role: theSkimm is looking to hire a Community Marketer to leverage the organic growth and community our users have already created. The Marketer will identify key pockets of targeted growth to create infrastructure for Skimm’bassador programs. The role will include recruitment, management, grassroots marketing, and strategy development on how to grow theSkimm by word-of-mouth at scale. The Marketer will also work closely with Founders and Growth Strategist. The position will also contain administrative duties. This is a great entry-level position for someone looking to get into a fast-growing start-up at a pivotal stage.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about the company and its vision

  • Two-years experience in marketing or relevant industry

  • A personality that can handle high stress, fast-paced environments. For this position, you should need yourself, a phone, and a computer to be able to organize and implement growth programs.

  • Enthusiastic team member with high-level contribution

  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity

  • Highly organized

  • Strong communicator

  • Likes and is active on social media

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Senior Skimm’r (Editorial)

The Company: theSkimm is a media company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth and unprecedented engagement.  Now is the time to get in.

The Role: theSkimm is looking to hire a senior Skimm’r to guide and lead the daily editorial process. The Skimm’r would be working closely with the founders and other editorial staff members to produce (write, edit, fact check, publish) the Daily Skimm and master the unique Skimm voice. The Skimm’r will also work on other editorial projects in line with theSkimm brand. Social media is a given. Community building is the goal. This role is not for someone interested in their personal byline.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about the company and its vision

  • Minimum five years traditional newsroom experience and working in breaking news environment

  • Always fact checks and  routinely writes under deadlines

  • Demonstrated team leadership and collaborative spirit

  • Able to write with someone else

  • Previous experience in WordPress a plus

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Pluses:

  • Has experience communicating with standards and practices reps

  • Experience in media development and strategy

Junior Skimm’r (Editorial)

The Company: theSkimm is a media company started on a couch. theSkimm seeks to cut through the noise and has transformed the morning routines of female millennials to become one of the fastest-growing newsletters on the market with unprecedented engagement.  We have a daily email newsletter that has had explosive growth and unprecedented engagement.  Now is the time to get in.

The Role: theSkimm is looking to hire a Junior Skimm’r to join the daily editorial process. The Skimm’r would be working closely with the founders and a Senior Skimm’r to produce the Daily Skimm and master the unique Skimm voice. The Skimm’r will also work on other editorial projects in line with theSkimm brand and product.  Social media is a given. Community building is the goal. This role is not for someone looking to see their personal byline.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about the company and its vision

  • Minimum two-years traditional newsroom experience; working in breaking news environment a plus

  • Enthusiastic team member with high-level contribution

  • Previous experience in WordPress a plus

  • Has fact-checked and written under deadline

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Enjoys social media