WaitWhat is a media invention company committed to the creation of highly-differentiated, premium content that is gender-balanced and diverse in its subject profiles, and boundary-breaking in its formats. Founded in 2017 by former TED execs June Cohen and Deron Triff, whose combined leadership built TED Talks from a concept to 1 billion views/listens each year, WaitWhat’s inaugural media properties include the critically acclaimed Sincerely, X, the 2018 Webby Award-winning podcast Masters of Scale, and Should This Exist, an exciting new podcast hosted by Silicon Valley investor and Internet pioneer Caterina Fake.
In everything we create, we aim to elicit contagious emotions: awe, wonder, curiosity, and mastery. From the get-to, we design our media to live across many different forms and formats (audio, video, virtual, live, print, etc.) in order to scale as thriving independent businesses.
We are a joyful startup that has closed our Series A funding in January 2019. We’re now building out a team that’s as diverse as it is creative, brought together by the desire to create amazing media experiences. We’re channeling our energy to fulfill what we believe is the greatest, often unspoken, need of our time: to feel lit up and alive. Everything we produce will have those “Wait, what?’ moments that spark your curiosity and change your understanding of the world.
About Masters of Scale
Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman showing how companies grow from zero to a gazillion. The series unfolds like a music-infused detective story as Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Masters of Scale won the 2018 Webby Award for Best Business Podcast. We believe its unique sound and story structure are core to its identity and success. The innovative format incorporates an immersive cold open; unexpected “cameo” guests (among them: a Nobel Laureate, an Olympic athlete, a Hall-of-Fame sportscaster...); actionable insights and innovative sound design. Each episode is scored with original music by our composers. Guests have included Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, NetFlix’s Reed Hastings, Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Spanx’s Sara Blakely, Spotify’s Daniel Ek, and TaskRabbit’s Stacy Brown-Philpot, among many others. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests.
We’re looking for a swiss army knife-esque, ready to dive in - Associate Producer to join our growing team. You must love start-up culture, feel energized by team-oriented environments, and have an all-hands-on-deck attitude.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to explore the widest range of possibilities; to both deepen your skills and stretch your existing talents in new ways; to take real ownership and responsibility for projects; to help invent new genre-defining media/technology properties; to be a respected member of a creative cross-disciplinary team; to be inspired and delighted by the media you work on; to be mentored by a range of experienced colleagues; and to be part of a low-ego, high-collaboration, “all hands on deck” startup environment, this job could be perfect for you.
You will be at the center of WaitWhat’s production team, focused on Masters of Scale, but with an eye toward other properties as well. This is a rich opportunity for a candidate excited to roll their sleeves up and work across editorial, research, development, production, post-production and delivery of cutting edge media. The focus will be on production.
- Lead the audio assembly, editing and revision process for highly produced podcasts, ads and special projects at WaitWhat
- Book, prep for and record interviews with show guests
- Oversee fact checking and transcription resources to support show production
- Collaborate with show executive producers, producers, writers and partners to gather and incorporate notes.
- Contribute editorial recommendations to help fine tune show segments
- Participate in creative ideation, brainstorming and support running WaitWhat workshops
- Manage production timeline and prioritize activities to complete multiple shows at once.
- Be service oriented with internal and external partners
- Bring a possibility thinking mindset to all aspects of your job. This includes: ‘No job too big or too small’, ‘all hands on deck’ and ‘we can find a way’ mentality
- 5+ years’ creative experience in audio engineering with experience in podcasting.
- Deep knowledge of editing in Pro-Tools
- Proactive problem solving skills and experience as a self starter in taking on projects
- A ferocious appetite to research and figure out tasks you may not be familiar with
- Experience organizing media assets, directory structures and awareness of post-production workflows
- Time management skills to coordinate multiple producer’s projects
- Effective communication with in-house and outside client partners
This is a FT position, based in downtown Manhattan. We offer a generous benefits package that’s 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). We’re committed to 50/50 gender balance, and 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. Also, we only hire extremely nice people.