Investors and advisors in Medium who I've spoken with say one thing has consistently surprised them about the company: That famed founder Evan Williams is not "religious" about anything.
...Today, though, a bombshell of a piece arrived in my inbox. Written by Sarah A. Topol, “If we run and they kill us, so be it. But we have to run now” is an exclusive, in-depth profile of the Nigerian school girls who escaped Boko Haram. I say without any hyperbole that it’s one of the best pieces of international reporting that I’ve ever read. Up there in style, power, and reporting with Philip Gourevitch’s “We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families.”
Williams deserves serious kudos for assembling a team that’s able to produce work like this. I hope more is coming. I’ve long had doubts about Medium– or anyone’s– ability to run a platform and real, groundbreaking editorial. If this is where Medium is going, I’m happy to be proven wrong.