WaitWhat is a media invention company that creates and owns premium content widely recognized among the highest quality, most original, and genre-defining works today. Founded by June Cohen and Deron Triff the former TED execs who launched TED Talks and led the media organization for a combined 17 years WaitWhats approach to content is unique in the industry. In everything the company creates, it aims to elicit the contagious emotions of wonder, curiosity, and mastery infusing their content with Wait, what? moments that spark curiosity and change our understanding of the world.
WaitWhats properties each of which is profitable, and collectively have been downloaded more than 30 million times include the Webby Award-winning Masters of Scale (hosted by LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman), the genre-defining hit Meditative Story (in partnership with Arianna Huffingtons Thrive), and the provocative and timely Should This Exist (hosted by Silicon Valley Internet pioneer Caterina Fake).
Most media companies replicate proven models. They compete for the same audience and market share with almost identical products and this is ultimately a zero-sum game. By contrast, WaitWhat creates new categories with their content, and at production values that have become the reference point for quality. All of this positions them to escape the competition, garner attention, win awards, and command premium revenue streams.
Rather than defining a media property by its format (i.e., a video series, a podcast, a live event), WaitWhat creates media properties that can scale horizontally beyond their first format. For example, a property may start as a podcast that evolves into a conference, a book series, a suite of learning products (corporate and university), a destination website, an app, a marketplace that helps community members find products and each other, a Netflix or Amazon video series, etc. all with the intention of building an ecosystem around the core body of content. The WaitWhat team designs its media properties with the explicit purpose of shaping them this way into infinite form factors and they only take on ideas that have the potential for great scale.
We pride ourselves on building partnerships that make allies out of competitors. The company has forged successful collaborations with Harvard Business School, Harvard Business Publishing, Thrive Global, Creative Artists Agency, Omidyar Network, the Summit Series, Entrepreneur Magazine, Quartz, Mashable, KQED, among others who are working alongside WaitWhat to scale its properties into education, live events, publishing, and video. WaitWhats sponsors include blue chip clients, like AT&T, AWS, Accenture, Capital One and Mastercard who turn to WaitWhat for the unmatched storytelling and exceptional results.
Based in New York City, we are a very joyful, kind-hearted, soulful team. Our vibrant culture is rooted in optimism, possibility thinking, and an uncommon willingness to embrace risk with intention to push the outer bounds of creativity and experimentation. The team purposefully rich in diversity treats each other with generosity and respect, tolerant of differences and always supporting yes, and style conversations (consistent with best practices of design thinking and improv).
In 2020 WaitWhat will add 2 new properties, introduce innovative extensions of their core properties, and expand partnerships all of which build on the organization's leadership as one of the most inventive, high quality media companies around.
Were looking to hire a Producer for Meditative Story. Meditative Story is a first-of-its-kind podcast listening experience that combines the emotional pull of immersive storytelling with the immediate, science-backed benefits of mindfulness practice. The entire experience is elevated by gorgeous, originally composed music that rides ethereally above the story.
This Producer role provides for a rich opportunity for experienced candidates with strong background in audio who are excited to roll their sleeves up and work across audio engineering and production management to define genre-defining media.
This is a FT position. We offer a benefits package thats very generous and competitive with larger companies (We believe in taking care of our team.). We work long hours, but we also rest. (Our whole company closes for 2 weeks in the summer and the week between Christmas and the New Year, so we can recharge). Were committed to diversity of all kinds in our media properties, among our investors and on our team: women, minorities and anyone with an unconventional background are strongly encouraged to apply. And most importantly, we only hire extremely nice people.