January 2015 and December 2014

A round-up of some of the best things that happened in the last two months

Kate Lee
The Medium Blog



Shonda Rhimes published her memorable speech from The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Woman breakfast.

The producers of EMPIRE created a publication, Empire: Behind the Music, to showcase the world behind the TV show.

Elton John published an op-ed in honor of World AIDS Day.

Patrick Stewart wrote a moving meditation on time and choice to promote his film Match.

YouTube star Hank Green wrote about how he and other YT personalities interviewed the president.

Other notable contributions

President Obama broke the traditional embargo and published his State of the Union address prior to delivering it. (White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer has also published several pieces.)

Mitt Romney was the first 2016 presidential (non)candidate to use the platform, to announce the news that he wasn’t running.

Malala Yousafzai put her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Medium.

Sports publication The Cauldron nabbed provocative pieces by NFL players Cleveland Brown Josh Gordon, Detroit Lion Golden Tate, and Carolina Panther DeAngelo Williams; and NBA player Sacramento King Royce White.

In War Is Boring, Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Ben Cohen wrote about “the triumph of the military-industrial-Congressional complex.”

Financial Times reporter John Gapper promoted his new novel with an op-ed about the difficulty of writing about China.

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina used the platform to solicit stories about passwords, about which he’d written for the Magazine.

Benchmark VC Bill Gurley assessed UberPool, while Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon announced a few of the firm’s investments.

Agent Emma Parry took a digital detox.

Jeff Jarvis published the entirety of his new book, Geeks Bearing Gifts, about the future of news.



Kate Lee
The Medium Blog

currently @stripe, ex-@WeWork, @medium, ICM Partners