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Staff Writer (Marketplaces & Platforms)

Bengaluru Editorial

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.

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.

Staff Writer (Marketplaces & Platforms)

Bengaluru Editorial
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