To Current & Future Colleagues —
We are operating at the nexus of two massive trends: 1) decentralized economies powered by blockchain, and 2) accurate journalism and civil discourse in an era of unprecedented cultural division. Both are volatile and face adversaries who wish to hamper their growth and sustainability. Both are vital and necessary for a more open, trustworthy and transformative society tomorrow and beyond.
We are at the beginning of a long road. Today, blockchain and cryptoassets are still distant theories for most. Tomorrow, through improved user experience and consumer education, decentralized models will upend even some of the most substantial monopolies and centers of power in the name of distributed control and ownership. Civil uses blockchain to create a more free and independent press controlled only by the people and the journalists who serve them, and by doing so, we believe we will create a self-sustaining method for fueling a more civil society.
The blockchain space is fraught with risk: cybersecurity and regulation must be considered as we deploy and nurture our decentralized community platform. Markets will chill, consumer perception will be fickle, and opportunists will look to exploit us.
But these risks pale in comparison to those we face in the journalism space. Historically, nothing has proven a more potent tool for the people in the fight for a free and just society than journalism. The powerful, the corrupt and the hateful will view Civil as a threat, and we must expect their challenge to our very existence. Not to mention the digital media monopolies, who will necessarily lose ads dollars as more and more consumers direct their attention to our more accurate and civil ecosystem.
The temptation is to move fast, and that we must. Our team will set a standard for high performance — swift response, creative problem-solving, crisp execution — that will attract top talent and wow our users. We will nurture and grow a community whose collective passion and action will become our most powerful tool against existential challenges. This will be achieved through steadfast commitment, day-in/day-out effort and a deftness to make tough choices in the face of limited information.
Yet even as we urgently face each obstacle as they come, we must always keep one eye fixed on the horizon. Our mission to build a self-sustaining ecosystem for accurate journalism and civil discourse would literally be the first of its kind in human history. The impact of our work will be felt for generations to come. We will reshape how people interact with government, institutions and each other. We will constantly push ourselves to be more open, more trustworthy and more transformative as a product and community experience. We will do this because we will focus on the long term.
Working at Civil is an opportunity unlike any other: a never-ending mission to fuel a more civil society through a revolutionary new technology. The road ahead promises to treat us all to incredible learning and growing opportunities as individuals while insisting we work together as a team in a radically new way.
Our journey is only just beginning.
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Matthew Iles is CEO of Civil, leading strategy, product and team-building. He studied journalism at Duke University before an 8-year career in digital marketing and startup entrepreneurship. He believes journalism is core to a healthy society, but that legacy business models are holding it back. He started Civil to energize journalism for the 21st century by rewiring how it works using emerging social technologies. For more, read “What if the news were run by the people?” and “Why Civil?”
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Lillian Ruiz leads marketing and partnerships at Civil. She studied history at Wesleyan University before beginning her career in the digital marketing space, where she has served startup media companies and non-profits alike. Lillian comes to Civil energized by its paradigm shifting vision of a fully autonomous media landscape, and is eager to share its story with new audiences.
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Stephanie Soussloff leads research and development at Civil. After studying geography, economics and social entrepreneurship at Middlebury College, she dove headfirst into the New York startup scene as a customer-centric analyst. She is excited about Civil’s potential to strengthen and empower communities globally.
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