“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”
- Elmore Leonard
Jumpcut is a YC and venture-backed startup that creates cinematic online courses with the world’s biggest influencers.
The founding team at Jumpcut has years of experience creating binge-worthy content, producing multiple viral YouTube channels that now have over 4.5 million subscribers and over 500 million views. We’re now taking that content creation experience and applying it to the monotonous world of online education.
If you’ve ever taken an online course, you already know that 99.9% of them suck. That’s because they all do the same thing: record a dry and uninspiring instructor who talks to the camera for hours on end. While this is fantastic for getting over an Ambien addiction, it’s atrocious for actual learning.
Think about what can be done with video… we have the ability to create things like Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Game of Thrones but the status quo when it comes to online courses is this: http://imgur.com/a/v2I8o. In an ice cream parlor of unlimited flavors, every other online education company has opted for vanilla. We got our eye on that mint triple chocolate chip birthday cake cookie dough with strawberry whipped cream and banana nut sprinkles.
Our team is approaching online learning in a completely new way: combining educational content with compelling stories, captivating cinematography, creative soundtracks, and much more. The result is a beautiful course that feels like a movie. We believe the future of education lies in creating world-class content - and that’s what we aim to do.
If you want to learn more about our vision, check out our blog post about the future of education: http://bit.ly/2o3WpFH
Here’s a visual example of the difference between most online courses, and ours: http://bit.ly/2naxBqx
The next course we are creating is about business and entrepreneurship. The instructor is the founder of Twitch.tv (sold to Amazon for $1 billion). To get an idea of how this course is crafted, watch this test video we created for one of our lessons: http://bit.ly/2naFrRc
We’re looking for a Senior Writer who is obsessed with writing. Somebody who can take a dense topic and turn it into a creative, entertaining masterpiece. Somebody who knows how to elicit “oh shit, no way!” moments from their viewer. Somebody with deep writing (whether that’s documentary, educational, or journalistic) experience, who has incredible passion in their craft, who can always think of excellent analogies to illustrate complex concepts. Someone who loves telling stories that teach.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
- Research complex topics and compile the best information for the writing and production team to reference.
- Take information and turn it into a compelling, entertaining, and educational video.
- Craft a writing process that utilizes each individual’s skills.
- Manage and mentor other writers.
- Work with our post-production team to plan out visual elements and storyboard.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 3+ years of professional writing experience (documentary, educational, journalistic, short film, etc).
- An obsession with optimizing processes + improving the efficiency of our team.
- Proficiency in researching, storytelling, and crafting a narrative when there is none.
This is a full-time role, based in our Hollywood office. The salary is 80k-100k. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and 1-3 writing samples that demonstrate your ability to research a topic, then educate your reader.