Jake Horowitz is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Mic, a news and media company targeted toward millennials to capture the unique worldview of this generation. Mic reports original stories and analysis to an audience of more than 30 million people each month, and produces high-quality videos, reaching over 200 million people each month.
“In 2011, we were inspired by young people who were taking to the streets and using technology in profound new ways. It was clear that the millennial generation holds a unique worldview that wasn’t being captured.” This led Jake to co-found Mic, a news and media company run by and for millennials. “We started Mic in an effort to make the world look more like our generation thinks it should.”
What started as a two-person operation out of a basement, now employs 160 young staffers and reaches 30 million people every month, 70% of whom are under the age of 34. As editor-at-large, Jake leads Mic’s editorial coverage, directing and honing it to reflect millennial issues across the globe. Mic does not just make the news, it spurs young people to take action. Most recently, Mic partnered with Alicia Keys and the We Are Here Movement on a petition to demand racial justice and equality, collecting 120,000 signatures to present to the White House.
Jake believes in the unique power of young people to bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life: “The achievement of the Goals depends on our generation knowing them and understanding how we can collectively leverage the tools at our disposal to make a difference.”