The Role: Full-time Editor. The City: San Francisco.
The Mandate: Find bold, new ways to unleash all of the knowledge trapped in technology’s top minds.
We launched First Round Review to offer a better brand of advice to the startup ecosystem. The goal was to interview the most talented people across fields, disciplines and companies (inside and outside the portfolio), and surface what we call actionable tactics — i.e. concrete actions people can take to live and do their jobs better today. Two years later, we’ve built an audience of hundreds of thousands of monthly readers, featured wisdom from leaders at Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and become one of the most recognizable and widely-read sites in venture capital.
But there’s so much more to do.
That’s where you come in. The Editor will own and create content for the First Round Review from end to end. This includes interviewing some of the highest-caliber people working in tech today, from founders and CEOs to the very best in design, product management, engineering, sales, and more. It also includes telling bold, creative stories that will help readers learn and build new things. We’re all about rich, detailed, long-form writing with heart — think of it as The Harvard Business Review meets The New Yorker.
On top of that, you’ll work with the Head of Content and Marketing to tackle brand-building opportunities and challenges. How can we maximize our influence on social media? Make our emails sing? Spread the word about First Round’s unique approach to venture capital? We’re looking for someone to join our braintrust on all these topics.
When you join First Round, you join a team of originals.
Doing new things and doing them first is a core value here, and it’s reflected in everything we do. As a seed-stage VC firm, we invest in companies that are at the very beginning of a long journey. Some have gone on to become Uber, Warby Parker, and Mint. But at the start, we’re here to provide the tools, resources and community founders need to win long-term. The Review is just one example of how we’re reinventing VC every day.
Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for:
You call yourself a writer first and foremost when you first meet someone or you’re asked at a party. Maybe you run content for a startup or write copy for a tech giant. Maybe you’ve been in journalism forever and are ready for something new. If you’ve had the written word at the center of your career for the last two to five years, you’re on the right track. We love good writing here. And we do a lot of it.
You’re curious about people. You like asking them questions and learning what makes them tick. Either you regularly interview people as a part of your job, or conduct user testing, or teach people to do something. Asking people about themselves, how they think and work is inherently interesting to you. We want someone who can eventually walk into Twitter and feel confident interviewing the VP of engineering about scaling for mobile.
You’re super organized. You’re a task management junkie who’s always looking for ways to become even more productive and effective. We’re working on 20 stories at any given time and aspiring to do more.
Tech fascinates you. You don’t necessarily need deep knowledge of venture capital, but you should be willing to learn it fast. There’s a lot of jargon and terminology that gets thrown around in this business, and we want to work with someone who can hit the ground running in this respect. If you’ve written about technology before, that’s a plus. If you’re enthralled by what the future holds and how entrepreneurs are leveraging business models and finance to get us there, that’s even better.
Steep learning curves thrill you. You already have experience and good insticts when it comes to social media, email marketing, and running experiments to build brands. Great. But we’re always trying to push the envelope — keeping our eyes fixed on new tactics, findings and recommendations from the smart people at places like Contently and Kissmetrics — to expand our footprint and bring more people into our fold.
Just the word ‘autonomy’ makes you happy. While the Editor role will report to the Head of Content and Marketing, we’re really looking for a self-starter who can handle projects from start to finish on their own and contribute fresh ideas to strengthen not just First Round Review but the whole team. Everyone here is in it together when it comes to building a company we’re excited to work at. You’d be a major player.
Is this you? Sounds like someone you know?
If so, we want to talk to you. Send a note to Head of Content and Marketing Camille Ricketts at camille at firstround dot com.