Startup Grind creates and shares stories and strategies by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs on our blog, Medium, and major media outlets.
You're a voracious reader, especially of technology news, marketing tips, and founder stories.
You've published writing online before - on a personal blog, Medium, or on a major news outlet.
You're likely a founder, investor, technologist, marketer, product designer - or aspiring to be one.
You're value-driven. You help other founders. They're your friends, not just LinkedIn contacts.

Sound like you? You'd be popular with Startup Grind readers.
We'd love to have you become a regular monthly contributor to the blog.

But first, a few things you should know:
1. You're here to share strategies wrapped in stories - so don't pitch your business or try to build backlinks. We're looking for pieces that make our readers better founders, and send back those that don't.

2. We reserve the right strip or "nofollow" backlinks, and you may not accept payment from 3rd parties for pieces published on our site.

2. As a contributor, you can feel like you're part of the family, and can even make it LinkedIn official - but please don't pitch yourself as a formal SG employee. That said, we're happy to have you attend conferences as a contributor - just ask our Editor for a quick thumbs up!

3. Contributors are invited to attend Startup Grind events for free, but guest posts are not otherwise paid or commissioned. We're happy to get you a beer if we see you at the event, though!

4. Startup Grind only accepts original content - no reposts from your blog here - but you can feel free to republish from Startup Grind to your blog or elsewhere after 3 days with a canonical URL.

5. Great work receives great promotion: we'll share valuable & popular pieces across social media, move it to our front page, and possibly republish it with our syndication partners.

6. Contributors are asked to submit at least one piece per month to retain active status.

Your pieces will be: Useful, not promotional. Original, not recycled. Engaging, not bland.

This application will ask you to submit a fresh draft of a piece to go live on the Startup Grind site if you are accepted as a contributor.
Let's Get Started
What's your name? *

What is your current location? *

Please write in the format of CITY, STATE, COUNTRY if within the United States.
Please write in the format of CITY, COUNTRY if outside of United States.
Please link to your LinkedIn profile. *

Please link to your Twitter account. *

Please link to your Startup Grind account. *

Please link to your personal blog or Medium account.

Optional. We'll ask for sample pieces in a moment.
Do you publish your content on any other outlets?

Like Huffington Post, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, etc.
Please provide the full URL to 1-3 of your best posts. *

Sample work is strongly preferred. If none is available, explain what would make you an excellent contributor.
If you became a Startup Grind contributor today, what are 3-5 articles you might write first?

Please write just the headlines you plan to use. *

Startup Grind educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs across 230 cities & over 100 countries. Three values guide our work, and the content we produce: Give, rather than take. Help first. Make friends, not connections.

Writers are expected to contribute at least one post per month with the following criteria:

1. Every piece must offer a valuable answer to this question: "How will this piece make the reader a better entrepreneur?" Struggling to answer this? Write about something else. 
2. Your reader is generally a 20 to 30-something aspiring or current founder in between his/her (male leaning audience) pre-seed to post-A round. He might be in NYC, Shanghai, or Lagos - it's a global audience - but regardless, he has a life outside of work, too. Write to him how you would talk to your cofounder. 
3. Write in 350-2000 English words, and break up your piece with paragraphs, headings, and images.
4. Pieces must be original. Offer value from experience or research, and say something new. Republishing existing posts to Startup Grind is a no-go: if you set off our plagiarism checker, we'll ask you to move on.
5. Offer a fresh perspective, replicable strategy, or compelling story around any of our 7 topics: founder life, team culture, product, marketing, fundraising, trend analysis, or startup culture and community.
Please write a draft of one of the headlines you suggested above in a Google Doc and share the link below. *

There's no length requirement: as long as you need to say what's important while drawing people in.
Please make sure the document is "Edit" enabled to those with the link, as it'll be reviwed by an editor.
Thank you so much for applying!
This is going to be sooo good. We can't wait to read what you have to share, and we'll be in touch within 2 weeks, if we think your content will be a good fit for Startup Grind.

In the next step, you'll receive an email once we have reviewed your application and your article. If cleared, we'll ask you for two original 500-2000 word blog posts for potential publication on the Startup Grind homepage.

Share this opportunity with a few friends.
They'll definitely appreciate it. :)
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