Yes, Medium is a free and open platform on which anyone can publish.
It’s a great question, The Inclusive Liz Jackson (and Sarah). The main thing to understand is that Medium is a network like any other. What you get out of it is what you put into it, so cultivate your network to get the most out of the experience. My colleague elizabeth tobey published some great tips about how to do so:
I remember when you were going through this, though I didn’t know the details — you were, typically and understandably, discreet. I am so sorry to learn about what happened. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that it helped lead you to the work you do today.
When I was last in San Francisco, I had a chance to catch up with Dan about Lyra’s sleeping habits and your and his lack of sleep. It sounded utterly exhausting, and I wondered how he was able to show up at work every day, literally and figuratively. Very glad to hear that you’re both more rested, and that Lyra has finally embraced sleep. She’s growing up!
Congratulations, Alexis. I’m so impressed that you’re both building a new company and growing your family — concurrently! Given your experience at Gilt, I’m eager to see what you do with Project September.