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We're launching The Grind, a social-impact podcast bringing young people real talk about navigating today’s working world.
We're launching The Grind, a social-impact podcast bringing young people real talk about navigating today’s working world.
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My name is Marc Casale and I’m launching The Grind, a social-impact podcast bringing young people real talk about navigating today’s working world (subscribe here).  

I’ve spent my career working in two worlds. I’ve been a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and an educator working with students from low-income communities. I’ve learned that the job market is a hazy and uneven playing field designed to give some kids a leg up and lock others out. And if you’ve been following the news over the last few years, you know this a problem of national significance.

It's time for us to flip the script.

In the first season of The Grind, we’ll follow four brave college students as they try to rewrite the rules and land great jobs. Each episode will pose a question drawn from their experiences that we’ll try to answer with help from experts and professionals living it every day…but I need your help to make it happen.

To make a show that actually helps young people, we need to bring them real stories and not just give advice. We need high production value on our content and we need to get the word out to potential listeners.

All of this takes resources. It takes recording equipment, software, music, and professional producers (Hi, Warren Langford).

We’re happy that we’ve been able to fund the first part of this journey ourselves. We put together 4 demo episodes to prove to ourselves (and our supporters) that we could make it happen. You can listen to those here:

We’ve already outlined our entire first season and conducted dozens of interviews with our main characters. Now we’re looking for your support to help us finish the rest of the season.

We hope we won’t ever have to ask you for money again. Our goal is to find a way to fund The Grind sustainably in the long term. What we need right now are some angel investors to help us continue the work we’ve started.

We estimate that it will cost us $10,000 to fund production for the rest of the first season. That doesn’t include marketing and advertising costs or any salary for me.

If you’re excited about The Grind but can’t contribute financially right now, there are many other ways you can help:

  • Subscribe, rate us, and tell your friends – Self-sustainability is about attracting listeners and every ear counts. We launch in the fall, but you can subscribe now so you don’t forget!
  • Introduce us to potential sponsors who believe in our vision and values.
  • Send us ideas (topics, guests) and feedback.

Thanks to everyone for your support. We’re all in this together. Grind on! 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

If we hit our funding goal, come hell or high water, we will finish our season. That’s a promise. And if we finish our season, we will do our absolute best to market The Grind so that as many listeners as possible get a chance to hear the work that you’ve funded. That said, the process by which certain shows find their audience and then advertisers is a bit esoteric. We can’t guarantee that The Grind will be a hit or that we’ll be able to fund a second season. But with your support, we know we’re going to build something that will help people and that we’re proud of -- and we hope it will make you proud, too.

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