Rethink the World.

About Mic


Mic’s approach to news is as unique as our generation. We’re founded on a simple idea: Young people deserve a news destination that offers quality coverage tailored to them. Our generation will define the future. We are hungry for news that keeps us informed and helps us make sense of the world.

Too many media outlets overlook us or assume we only want to read fluff. But we know that young people are inquisitive. We know they believe substantive news can also spark interesting conversations. We know they have a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom. Mic’s editors and writers share those attributes with our readers. This sensibility informs everything we do.


In 2011, two longtime friends, Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz, set out to build a news company for young people. After years of exchanging ideas with friends about the events and issues of the day, they realized that those perspectives were often left out of the media’s narrative. Chris and Jake began cultivating a community of unique voices from around the globe. And from there, Mic was born.

After starting with three employees working from a Harlem apartment, Mic has built a rockstar team of editors, writers, and engineers. All of us believe that stories and information have the power to shape the world, especially when they challenge traditional narratives. Now, three years later, 22 million monthly readers rely on Mic to stay informed.

What They're Saying

"Stories that intelligently cover serious issues important to young people"
"PolicyMic’s current approach is to focus on stories chock full of counter-narrative, that prod readers into engaging with complicated topics"
"Closer than any of its competitors to finding the promised land for new media companies, a middle ground between deeply reported stories and listicles"
"PolicyMic wants to be the go-to for hard news and analysis for millennials"

Our Team

Our Investors

Jim Clark
Lightspeed Venture Partners Lerer Ventures
Advancit Capital Digital News Ventures Knight Foundation
Digital News Ventures Knight Foundation

Our Culture

Our team is driven by the core belief that news organizations can do more to empower our generation. We’re a passionate group of editors, techies, and product minds who are united in our commitment to disrupting the media as we know it.


We are engaging, informing, and inspiring our generation, and we are looking for passionate, hard-working people to join us.

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Mic's Approach to Advertising

Mic generates revenue by working with advertisers to create branded content. Branded content is a term for any stories supported by an outside partner or advertiser. There are many phrases — from “native advertising” and “content marketing” to “sponsored content” and “brand marketing” — that are used to describe this form of advertising. Many news organizations, from the New York Times to the Guardian, now use this model to support their operations. For more information, check out our Branded Content FAQ page.

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