(Senior Producer/Co-creator) It takes more than a leap of faith to leave your nine to five and build an empire. You need capital, infrastructure, and the unrelenting courage to chase your ambition from inception to reality. But these aren't your typical Silicon Valley success stories. These are the stories of men and women whose pursuit of their vision turned into real products and real jobs. These are the startups of New York City, and this is Small Empires.
In the Winter of 2012, I brought Alexis Ohanian to The Verge to be a guest on On The Verge, a monthly studio show hosted by Joshua Topolsky. Seeing what we were capable of, Alexis decided to pursue development of a show with Vox Media and Small Empires was born.
Season 1 spans 10 episodes based in New York City. From startups like ZocDoc, OkCupid, Squarespace (who host this lovely site) - or Rap Genius before they became known as simply 'Genius' - we covered a broad spectrum of fascinating entrepreneurs and users utilizing technology to make the world a better place.