Entrepreneur Profile: Shane Snow, Co-Founder of Contently


Contently is a website that turns a writer into his or her own agent. Joe Coleman,27, Shane Snow, 28, and Dave Goldberg, 30, created Contently for aspiring or established writers and bloggers. Users create their own profile to market, showcase and distribute their work all over the internet, greatly increasing the probability of coming across a high paying gig or reputable publisher.

By becoming a member, anyone can instantly become connected with other freelancers or staffers from extremely popular platforms, ranging from Seventeen or Forbes magazine to The Daily Beast or The Los Angeles Times. The site makes it instantly easier for writers to find work, colleagues and submit pieces to respected sources of all kinds.

As of last year, through the website platform alone, at least one writer was able to earn $60,000 and with many companies willing to pay around $1 per word for stories, it seems as if the career of an inspiring journalist may be a profitable one once again.

With so many successful partnerships and collaborations, what qualities do you look for in a potential business partner?

What was your source of motivation in starting Contently?

Everyone aspires for success, but what drives you to work so hard?

We have a tremendous amount of respect for the numerous philanthropic and charity driven initiatives. Which charity organization do you have the strongest connection to?

What formal education or training do you feel could have best prepared you for the life you live today?

You've surely seen the ups and downs that have come with the .com and tech bubbles, how have you learned how to deal with failures that everyone experiences?

What was the turning point in your life when you understood that success can only be guaranteed if it's in your hands?

Between entrepreneurship, innovation,and mentorship the Contently family has always set out to be leaders. Who are the individuals that still inspire you today?

What core values do you hold to be important for successful journalists in the 21st century?

What is a dream accomplishment that you still aspire for in your near future?

Where do you wish to see Contently in the future and how to do you plan to achieve those goals?

How do you feel this is new innovation will change the media industry?

Any last words or advice for up and coming journalists?

Evelyn Pelczar | Elite.