Founders Fund Pathfinder Invests in The Mission

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 06-27-2018 (Press Release Jet) — The Mission, a veteran-led media company, is announcing its first funding round led by Pathfinder, Founders Fund’s early stage investment vehicle. The Mission creates and publishes stories, podcasts, and shows like The Mission Daily. Many of them are sponsored by technology companies like Salesforce. 

The Founder and CEO is Chad Grills, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq before becoming a writer and moving into technology and media. 

“The average American consumes 9 hours of media each day, and the majority of it spreads fear, uncertainty, and doubt,” said Grills. “We’re changing that.”

Founders Fund has invested in Airbnb, Lyft, Palantir, SpaceX, Spotify, Stripe, Wish, and dozens of other successful technology companies. 

Grills credits The Mission’s early success to a growing movement of people and enterprise sponsors eager to explore how they can improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

“We create stories designed to uplift,” said Grills. “Our audience is made up of smart people who want to get even smarter. We provide them a daily newsletter and podcasts packed with value, original stories, news that matters, and scientific studies designed to empower.”

In Silicon Valley, it has become a cliche that media startups or original content studios can’t make money or IPO. Grills says that this is true for most media companies, but says The Mission is closer to a technology company than a media company. 

“I started by doing what I love, which is writing and developing dozens of series, shows, and worlds. All of them are designed to last. Now we’re partnering with technology companies so they can sponsor the ones that are the best fit for them,” said Grills. “Our early enterprise clients include Salesforce, and we’re excited to continue working with other mission-driven sponsors on all the original content, podcasts, and shows we’re creating. Ultimately, we are creating corporate mythology for the companies that we see as being a force for good in the world.” 

The Mission reaches millions of people each month, runs the largest active publication on Medium, and publishes a daily newsletter and podcast that reach hundreds of thousands of people each day. The Mission Studios creates and develops original content and custom podcast sponsorships for technology companies that drive results. 

The Mission’s flagship podcast is The Mission Daily, dedicated to accelerated learning, and helping listeners become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. The Mission Daily is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

Another of the Mission’s first podcasts, is The Story. Each episode is the true story of a person or team who made the world a better place. Season 1 of the The Story celebrates Women’s History Month and features the unknown backstories of twelve women who changed the world. The Story is available to download now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher

You can follow The Mission on Twitter at @TheMissionHQ, or subscribe to their daily newsletter here

For media or business inquires about The Mission, please contact Eric L. Mitchell, Publicist, [email protected].

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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