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Staff Writer (E-commerce)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The staff writer will cover large and complex e-commerce platforms, at a time when regulators, consumers and sellers are beginning to view their power and ambition with more circumspect eyes. After a bruising battle for leadership that in many ways ended in a détente in 2018 with Walmart’s purchase of Flipkart for $16 billion, horizontal e-commerce will go through a new phase of self-exploration and reinvention in 2019 and beyond. This, even as e-commerce has barely scratched the surface of retail in India.

The two companies that will define this role are Flipkart and Amazon. We are looking for a driven and experienced reporter who will utilize and form deep connections in these two companies, leading venture capital firms, and the wider e-commerce ecosystem in order to source and tell powerful stories about where they’re headed, and why. The reporter will have or develop a keen understanding of the complex and behind-the-scenes issues around technology, pricing, marketing and regulation that are at play when it comes to e-commerce marketplaces.

Understanding and chronicling the leaders, teams and organizational structures that power these organizations will also be an important task.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around e-commerce, tech and startups.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering e-commerce and adjacent spaces; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on e-commerce and investments, especially from the US and China
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

Bangalore

Job Code

SW-ECOM-BLR

Staff Writer (Healthcare)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

Healthcare is one of The Ken’s core focus areas. Over the past 2 years we have provided our subscribers the best perspective on how hospitals, insurers, pharma companies, policy makers and governments are evolving strategies to provide affordable and modern healthcare to 1.3 billion Indians. We seek a reporter who will build on our body of work substantially.

The reporter will a self-driven journalist who is on top of news and developments and enjoys writing sharply reported and analytical stories.

Some of the key players in this space include Cipla, Sun Pharma, Glenmark and PE companies with significant interest in the space like TPG and KKR.

Covering healthcare requires an interest and analytical mindset to discern which technologies, products or policies have the potential to make an impact on a large enough size of population. As the Internet brings together insurers, healthcare providers and medicine makers & sellers, the reporter will help readers understand what comes next.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around healthcare and pharma.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering healthcare or pharma; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on healthcare, wellness and insurance
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

Mumbai

Job Code

SW-MUM-BLR

Staff Writer (Marketplaces & Platforms)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The staff writer will cover ambitious and well-funded vertical platforms and marketplaces. In areas like ride sharing, education, wellness, and logistics, there are powerful companies like Ola, Byju’s, Cure.Fit and Udaan that have significant traction, ambition and funding. The reporter will also track developments inside international players like Go-Jek and Grab, who might at some point enter the Indian market too.

We are looking for a driven and experienced reporter who will utilize and form deep connections in these companies, leading venture capital firms, and the wider tech ecosystem in order to source and tell powerful stories about where they’re headed, and why. The reporter should have the ability to spot the fundamental similarities that define large platforms while being keen enough to know how each vertical has different customer behaviour dynamics.

Understanding and chronicling the leaders, teams and organizational structures that power these organizations will also be an important task.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around e-commerce, tech and startups.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering e-commerce and adjacent spaces; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on e-commerce and investments, especially from the US and China
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

Bangalore

Job Code

SW-PLAT-BLR

Staff Writer (SaaS & Cloud)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The staff writer will cover two exciting and growing sectors that aren’t well-understood or reported upon – SaaS and Cloud Computing. Most of the tech and startup coverage in India has been directed at areas like e-commerce, foodtech, delivery or ride-sharing, because they’re relatively easy to understand and write about from a surface level.

Meanwhile, there are numerous large and small startups that have built global software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue streams ranging from a few tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. They include companies like Zoho, Freshworks, Capillary, Chargebee and Wingify. On the cloud infrastructure level, international giants like Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure) and Google (Google Cloud) are locked in an intense battle for market share.

Understanding and writing on these spaces requires someone with a keen interest of technology stacks, cloud-delivery infrastructure, subscription models and software platforms. We are looking for a driven and experienced reporter who will uncover deep stories about the strategies of these companies and powerful industry trends.

Because these companies are often operating in a B2B environment, it will require talent to tell their stories using simple and compelling narratives, in a way that interests and resonates with even lay readers.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around e-commerce, tech and startups.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering SaaS, cloud computing and adjacent spaces; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on SaaS and cloud computing
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

Bangalore

Job Code

SW-SAAS-BLR

Staff Writer (Tech & Policy)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

Large tech companies in India aren’t nearly well reported upon. Not much is known about their organizational structures and power plays, their behind-the-scenes lobbying, their partnerships with governments, or their use of data. Delving deeper into those, through well-sourced and forward-looking stories, will be the remit of this role.

In addition, as regulations becomes the most (and possibly only) powerful force that can affect the plans of large tech giants, it is important to critically understand the regulators, their motivations and their objectives too.

The writer will deeply cover companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Other than their market-facing strategies and products, understanding and chronicling the leaders, teams and organizational structures that power these organizations will be equally important.

In addition, reporting on regulators like Meity, TRAI, UIDAI and Niti Aayog will be an expectation too.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around tech, Internet and policymaking.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering large technology companies and/or; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on tech and policy, especially from the US, EU and China
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

New Delhi

Job Code

SW-TEPO-DEL

Staff Writer (Telecom & Media)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The entry of Reliance Jio into India’s telecom market has caused tectonic shifts across multiple industries. On one hand Jio is using its parent Reliance’s balance sheet, ambition and lobbying power to claw away market share from leading incumbents Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea. On the other, its strategy of offering cheap, high-speed data has spurred a “data revolution” for hundreds of millions of Indians. Riding on this are all sorts of players, ranging from Chinese apps to YouTube to OTT players.

The reporter will closely track the strategies and moves of leading telecom and media players as they battle each other for market share, subscribers and wallets. Convergence will be a reality in 2019 and the reporter will keep our readers ahead of the curve on how it shapes out.

The most important companies to watch here will be Hotstar, Netflix, Reliance Jio and Vodafone-Idea.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will especially be true of this role. The reporter will also work closely with other writers and editors who cover overlapping issues around telecom, media, Internet and startups.

The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

Experience

Minimum 5 years of experience, either as a reporter covering telecom and media; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on executive within the sector.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesize multiple reporting perspectives into a compelling, explanatory narrative
  • Able to see ahead of news cycles, and see what is likely to happen over a 6-12 month horizon
  • Able to stick their neck out with informed opinions when required
  • Well-informed about global trends on telecom and media
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.

Location

Mumbai

Job Code

SW-TEL-MUM

Newsroom Editor

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The Newsroom Editor is a leadership role tasked with the responsibility of managing our multi-city, natively-digital newsroom to produce a diverse and compelling set of stories over the year. The role reports to the Editor, The Ken.

The Newsroom Editor will lead our team of staff writers, graphic designers and desk editors across locations, and be responsible for operational management of the editorial calendar and publishing schedules. This is an exhilarating time to write about India’s “new” economy, which encompasses large local tech companies like Flipkart, Paytm, Oyo and Ola; international giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Alibaba; ambitious conglomerates like Reliance (Jio); fintechs and banks; powerful tech regulators etc.

The Newsroom Editor’s job will be to work with our reporters to strengthen The Ken’s coverage of the startup ecosystem, tech, telecom, fintech and healthcare, both from a business and policy point of view. As much as businesses influence policy making, regulators too are in equal measure disrupting industries, one after the other.

In consultation with The Ken’s Editor, the Newsroom Editor will be responsible for creating story pipelines for individual writers and weekly & monthly editorial calendars for the publication. To ensure diversity, currency and depth, the Newsroom Editor will work closely with reporters to ensure there’s a steady supply of analyses, features, and even scoops, for the publication.

Up till now, our newsroom and stories have largely been driven by the reporting and voices of our own writers. But as we grow into newer products and formats, we envision this mix to also include more stories from graduate hires, expert contributors, freelance writers etc. The Newsroom Editor will need to integrate these stories and voices into our products in a manner that does not compromise The Ken’s editorial promise to its subscribers – of deeply-reported, analytical and well-narrated business journalism.

Experience

Ideally 12-15 years, but with a minimum of 12 years.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • This is a leadership role and the person doing it will be expected to take full ownership of it.
  • Being comfortable with the unpredictability, speed, energy, chaos and bustle of a cutting-edge digital newsroom will be a plus.
  • Being able to establish trusted relationships with reporters and colleagues.
  • Bringing domain knowledge, reporting and writing tips, or an editor’s eye into every story that passes through the newsroom.
  • An ability to developing a long-term editorial vision, and to then lay down the discipline, processes and best-practices in order to achieve that.
  • Contribute to leadership discussions around editorial policy, products, growth and hiring.
  • Proactively suggest ways to improve our stories and products.
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.
  • Ability to take ownership of the role in a growing, evolving and young organization; and to create an identity and need for it.

Location

Bangalore

Job Code

NW-ED-BLR

Bureau Chief & Writer (Mumbai)

About us

The Ken is India’s first and largest subscriptions-based media company. Established in October 2016, we publish one deeply reported, analytical and well-narrated story every day. Our subscriber community, the majority of who are in India, comprise innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives; venture investors; policy makers; MBA students; and dozens of companies. Apart from our subscribers, we are also funded by a set of stellar investors, including Omidyar Network. We are headquartered in Bengaluru, India with offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

About the role

The Bureau Chief is a dual role. It is split 50:50 between loosely mentoring and guiding our team of staff writers in Mumbai, in addition to writing compelling stories on significant companies from our beats. The role reports to the Newsroom Editor, The Ken.

A great candidate will be one who can help reporters spot larger stories from the daily news cycle, discuss ways to envision and report them, and at times even help open doors for them with key sources. Winning the trust and respect of reporters often comes from a compelling body of published stories, domain knowledge in multiple industries and a keen understanding of how to find and write the best stories at the right times.

Experience

Ideally 8-12 years, but with a minimum of 8 years.

Compensation

Competitive, market-linked

Desired attributes

  • This is a leadership role and will require the ability to manage multiple demands
  • Being comfortable with the unpredictability, speed, energy, chaos and bustle of a cutting-edge digital newsroom will be a plus.
  • Being able to establish trusted relationships with reporters and colleagues.
  • Bringing domain knowledge, reporting and writing tips, or an editor’s eye into every story that passes through the newsroom.
  • We are a flat organization that prioritizes speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite.
  • Ability to take ownership of the role in a growing, evolving and young organization; and to create an identity and need for it.

Location

Mumbai

Job Code

SW-BC-MUM

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