The Ken is a pan-Asian, subscribers-only digital publication headquartered out of Bengaluru, India. Founded in October 2016 by a team of experienced journalists and entrepreneurs, The Ken pioneered subscribers-only online business journalism in India and is backed by venture funding from Omidyar Network India and highly respected angel investors.

Based across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, our talented and experienced team of reporters write original, analytical and deeply reported stories on business, internet, fintech, healthcare, telecom and edtech for over 30,000 paying subscribers spread across the world. Our reporters and editors are supported by an equally talented set of product experts, engineers, designers and marketers.

The Ken’s diverse subscriber community comprises innovative and successful entrepreneurs and senior executives, venture investors, knowledge professionals, policy makers, college students and dozens of the world’s best-known companies.

About the role

The Ken has produced some of India’s best journalism on the impact of fintech on multiple sectors. But as older banks and other financial institutions become disruptive fintechs in their own right, and as young disruptive fintechs apply for regulatory approval to become financial services providers, the lines between the two are blurring.

While it can be argued that everyone in Financial Services and Banking is either already a Fintech, or that they just don’t know it yet, this role will help readers spot and understand the truly disruptive and innovative Fintechs from merely followers. From lending to payments to investments to APIs, this role will chart out the paths being taken by the most innovative companies and investors. A keen interest and understanding of both finance and technology is a prerequisite, since there is no Fintech where there are clearly demarcated boundaries for the two.

Building source networks with employees, leaders, founders and investors in the companies will be something that is expected of this role.

While The Ken does not chase scoops, it does place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That will be especially true of this role.

Experience

An ideal candidate should have at least 2-3 years of experience, either as a reporter covering corporate finance, modern banking, fintech or adjacent spaces; an analyst or researcher covering the space; or as a hands-on professional within the sector.

Compensation

One of our tenets is to offer the most competitive salaries and meaningful benefits we can to our colleagues. Promising candidates can almost always assume they will be compensated well.

The Ken’s benefits program is constantly evolving and currently provides everyone access to unlimited leave, Apple Macbooks, health insurance for themselves and their families, company paid-for therapy and subsidised learning and development programs.

Desirable attributes

  • Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from their network
  • Ability to synthesise 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
  • We are a flat organisation, prioritising speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency, and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a pre-requisite