The Ken is a pan-Asian, online business publication founded in India in October 2016. We pioneered and built the category of subscribers-only business journalism and are known for our consistently deep and analytical coverage of business, technology and policy. We are backed by venture funding from Omidyar Network and highly respected angel investors.
In March 2020 we expanded to Southeast Asia with the launch of an entirely new subscription for the region.
In Southeast Asia, our team of full-time writers reporters is spread across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. In India, we are headquartered in Bengaluru with offices in Delhi and Mumbai although our team has gone fully remote due to the pandemic. Our reporters and editors are supported by an equally talented set of product experts, engineers, designers and marketers.
If you haven’t read The Ken Southeast Asia yet, you can get a sense of our work from our free reads section.
Our diverse community of more than 30,000 subscribers 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
Like us, you’re tired of reading (and writing) shallow news reports and have a passion for explaining the key trends and topics in Southeast Asia through analytical and deeply-reported stories that stand out. That could vary from bringing clarity to Southeast Asia’s big battles in e-commerce or on-demand services, to spotting tomorrow’s important startups and trends, or chronicling the digitisation of established industries.
Finally, you want to develop your reporting skills and challenge yourself but, most importantly, you passionately believe in a subscription based media model.
Our staff writers in Southeast Asia report on topics that criss-cross the digitisation of daily life in Southeast Asia. Our beats cover the region’s largest companies in ride-hailing, e-commerce and beyond, up-and-coming startups, VC investment trends, the digitisation of corporations and more.
While The Ken does not chase scoops, we do place an emphasis on original insight and impactful breaking news. That is especially true of this role.
Our team in Southeast Asia is fully remote and you are comfortable slotting into that system. Our role is open to applicants based anywhere in Southeast Asia, but we may give preference to those located in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, or Vietnam.
We work across numerous time zones. This position will report to a role based in Southeast Asia and work closely with our Editorial team in India.
We seek a reporter based in either any of the major Southeast Asian economies with at least 2 years of experience covering business or technology in the respective country or across the wider region. You must be resident in at least one of the Southeast Asian countries you intend to cover and have a valid work visa. This role does not offer any relocation assistance.
- Self-driven and ambitious, able to source original stories and insights from your 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 your 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 organisation, prioritising speed, honesty, informality, accuracy, transparency, and subscriber-impact. Alignment with these values is a prerequisite.
One of our tenets is to offer the most competitive salaries and meaningful benefits we can to our colleagues. While we do keep an eye on what our peers or larger media incumbents pay, we are neither limited or guided by them. What this means is that promising candidates can almost always assume they will be compensated well.