It’s not often an opportunity to help redefine an industry presents itself. This is just such an opportunity.
Studenty.me is early stage student online community start-up and we’re recruiting a high calibre leadership team to execute our business plan. We have a beta website that’s generating in excess of 300,000 visitors annually and a realistic monetisation strategy ready to execute. Our overall strategy is fast growth and first to market, initially in Ireland, but then quickly into GB and beyond. Within our significant and attractive market niche, we have NO EFFECTIVE COMPETITION – GLOBALLY.
We’re bootstrapping this start-up ourselves for now, and we plan to be in a position to offer salaries to key individuals later this year. We’re just about to engage with potential sources of grants and seed funding. Therefore initial reward will be by equity and our end-game if successful, is to sell the business within five years and exit. We already have follow-on plans to apply our business model to other complementary, significant market niches, with similarly low levels of competition. Although we hope to be commercially successful, this is just a means to an end, which is implementing our social responsibility agenda, primarily focused on our student audience. Our social responsibility agenda is why Studenty was established.
Start-ups aren’t for everybody. They’re very fluid entities and require a high level of commitment and a very high degree of flexibility. A very good sense of humour goes a long way too! However, in exchange for asking more, the rewards are also much greater. You get to build something, pretty much from a blank sheet of paper, applying all the skills and knowledge you’ve accumulated. You get to work with a high calibre team, all experts within their field and committed to creating something worthwhile, as well as creating value. It’ll be frustrating, exasperating, hard work and at times you’ll want to walk away. It’ll even keep you awake some nights. It’ll also be hilarious, challenging, it’ll stretch and develop your skills. Together, we’ll travel on a great journey and we’ll have one hell of a story to tell.
Sound like something you might be interested in?
We’re looking for an Editor (Northern Ireland) and initially this role could be part-time. In fact, hours don’t really matter, its effectiveness that counts. The leadership team is geographically spread for now, so your location is unimportant too, though if working from home you ought to have broadband, as our platform is content rich and we keep in touch via Skype. I’ll brief those shortlisted on our business model, though we hope to be producing enough revenue to pay the leadership team modest salaries at some point this year. What we’re about is creating long term value at exit, not generating short-term rewards.
Within the overall business strategy, you’ll have autonomy to run the content side of the business as you see fit. You’ll be judged on effectiveness. A background in journalism is essential, preferably including elements of leadership / people management. Our growth curve is steep, so there’s really very limited opportunity for ‘learning on the job’.
The ideal candidate would have excellent editorial skills, with fluent English (both spoken and written). You should have experience in a fast-paced digital media environment. Proven ability to lead and motivate others and contribute effectively to overall business objectives is critical.
Still interested? If so, please email me your CV and examples of recent published articles to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch shortly. (You must be based in Ireland (north or south) and able to work here without a permit. Initial informal conversations will be via Skype.