The Daily Muse

The Daily Muse launches with a goal to reach 50,000 young women and start its career development courses!
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Kathryn Minshew
Small Business
New York, New York
United States
10 Team Members




Our Story

Welcome to our campaign page! We are the team behind The Daily Muse, a community of smart, confident women supported by career-focused content, job opportunities and professional development. Our goal: to inspire and support these women as they dream big and achieve their goals. We want to offer insightful articles and career advice written just for them, that fills the void between The New York Times and Glamour.


We currently offer sharp, authoritative content and multiple newsletters to our readers, but want to do much more. Help us reach 50,000 women, develop into a thriving network, and bring high quality professional development courses and job opportunities to the educated, ambitious women of our generation.


Founds of The Daily Muse


Founders Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery met in their first job out of college at a management consulting firm. There they learned the ins and outs of the business world, but also found that a lot of what work was about wasn't taught in school: should you be negotiating your first salary? If so, how do you do so without offending your first employer? What happens if you want to change careers? How can you speak with confidence the first time you're put in front of a room of executives? How do you balance your job and your personal life (or your checkbook...)?


After joining forces on another venture, Kathryn, Alex, and Melissa knew that they wanted to work together to help young professional women like themselves. They assembled a top-notch team of editors, writers, business minds, social media ninjas, talented illustrators, marketing gurus, and event whizzes (yup, the whole nine yards), and The Daily Muse was born.


Now, with a strong community of contributing writers from around the world, The Daily Muse provides multiple perspectives on job search, career, education and grad school and entrepreneurship. We also cover the non-work side of life, from health and personal finance to workplace fashion and traveling. A powerhouse collection of established bloggers and industry experts have joined us as regular columnists, sharing their insight and bringing years of collective expertise to the team.


Now that our site is live, we have two goals for which we need your help: 


  1. Reach 50,000 young women through campus outreach, events, advertising, and word of mouth.
  2. Develop and launch 4 online training courses tailored to the needs of our readers, to help them achieve those big milestones that seem so daunting to take on alone. 
    • Your input will help define the topics; early suggestions have included "pre-job search preparation," "a guide / companion to the first 30-days of your new job" and "how to do your taxes for the first time," but the possibilities are endless!


We appreciate every contribution, no matter how small, and sincerely thank you for your support.


The Vision

There’s a movement coming. You can’t find it in Cosmopolitan or the latest issue of US Weekly. You may not notice it in GQ or Esquire. But look a little closer to homeat your sister, your girlfriends, or your colleaguesand you’ll see a massive cultural shift underway: the rise of the smart, confident young professional woman.


The movement has its trailblazersSheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, Oprah and Diane Von Furstenberg among others. But its strength, increasingly, is coming from the masses: from thousands upon thousands of ambitious women entering the workforce and finding that, as a culture, we haven’t quite caught up. And we've been there too: being a young woman navigating the professional world for the first time isn't easy. Although as a culture, we’ve left behind the antagonistic, us-versus-them mentality of the women's movement of the 70s and 80s, we’ve found the modern refrain that “men and women should be indistinct in the workplace” rings hollow, too. Call it nature or nuture, there are differences in how men and women approach professional conduct, and facing these issues head-on will make us all more equipped to succeed.


That’s why we talk about Working with a Boss of a Different Gender or How to Avoid Crying in the Workplace. As a culture, we are still trying to create and define the practical version of our mothers’ feminism, turning their chorus of “Yes We Can” into tangible increases in women holding leadership positions and the realization that success is no longer a zero sum game.


So—welcome to a newly flexible feminism. Welcome to a movement and a space that will define what it means to be a young, intelligent woman in the 21st century. Welcome to the movement. And welcome to The Daily Muse.

(from The Daily Muse manifesto, originally published on The Huffington Post)


What We Need & What You Get

Our initial campaign goal of $10,000 will provide the extra "boost" we need to expand our reach through:

  • informational socials and workshops
  • networking events
  • advertising placements
  • promotional campus visits

The funds raised will also go a long way towards the development of our training courses as we:
  • work with educational specialists in key areas
  • commission the creation of supplemental multimedia
  • connect with our target audience to best address the areas where guidance is needed

All contributions through this campaign will be focused towards our goal of reaching 50,000 young women and kicking off our training courses, and we appreciate every step you can take with us towards success.

In return for your invaluable support, we're offering some amazing, exclusive opportunities. The column on your right lists the various contribution levels and their perksthere's something for everyone. We'll make sure you're recognized at the $2 level, included in our training courses at the $25 level, strutting your stuff in some fabulous TDM merchandise at the $100 level, taking you out on the town at the $2,500 level, and that's just the start of it! Check out the full list and join us!


Other Ways You Can Help

Let us count the ways!

1. "Like" The Daily Muse on Facebook

2. Follow us on Twitter @dailymu_se

3. Sign up for our newsletters to receive any combination of our featured articles, our famous "best of the web," and hot job opportunities straight to your inbox

4. (but not least) Share us with your friends, colleagues, sisters, cousins, daughters, girlfriends, frenemies and significant or unsignificant others who you think would love what we have to offer or might even want to contribute to this campaign! You can also easily tweet, post, or share our articles using the "Share" tools at the bottom of any Daily Muse article you love.

Find This Campaign On
$2,710USD
raised by 34 people in 1 month
27% funded
0 time left
$10,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on October 14, 2011
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  • $2USD
    Supportive Tweep

    We appreciate contributions of every size—we'll thank you for your $2 contribution with a shoutout on Twitter from @dailymu_se!

    2 claimed

  • $10USD
    Background Support

    For a $10 contribution, receive an exclusive Daily Muse iPhone/Android screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    6 claimed

  • $21USD
    Benevolent Boozer

    Give $21 and have your name on the guest list for The Daily Muse IndieGoGo party and included in an article written about The Daily Muse’s IndieGoGo success!
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    5 claimed

  • $35USD
    TDM Freshman

    Contribute $35 and get a free pass to the training & development course of your choice when they launch!
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    3 claimed

  • $50USD
    Knowledge Addict

    Contribute $50 and get a free pass to 3 (three!) training & development courses of your choice when they launch, AND a handwritten thank you note from one of our founders
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    4 claimed

  • $100USD
    Sharp Fashionista

    Contribute $100 and receive your choice of a Daily Muse tee-shirt or tote bag!
    + free pass to 3 courses
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    8 claimed

  • $175USD
    Editorial Genius

    Contribute $175 and enjoy the privilege of working with a Daily Muse editor to have an article written on a topic of your choice! (subject to approval)
    + a branded tee or tote
    + free pass to 3 courses
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    1 out of 50 claimed

  • $250USD
    Notable Contributor

    Contribute $250 and receive both the Daily Muse tee-shirt and tote bag AND be named in an article on Forbes about our IndieGoGo success!
    + free pass to 3 courses
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    3 out of 30 claimed

  • $500USD
    Infinite VIP

    Contribute $500 and get a free pass to every training & development course that we release...ever!

    Plus, we'll quote you (within reason, of course!) in our Forbes article on our IndieGoGo success.
    + your name (and our thanks) on Forbes
    + a Daily Muse tee-shirt
    + a Daily Muse tote bag
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    1 out of 25 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Behind the Scenes Advisor

    Contribute $1,000 and get free access to each of our career training & development courses before they come out to give feedback and participate in the creative process.
    + a free pass to every course ever
    + your name (and our thanks) on Forbes
    + a Daily Muse tee-shirt
    + a Daily Muse tote bag
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

    0 out of 15 claimed

  • $2,500USD
    Dinner Date

    Contribute $2,500 and two of the founders will take you out for dinner in either New York or San Francisco
    + sneak peak/feedback in development & creative process of courses
    + a free pass to every course ever
    + your name (and our thanks) on Forbes
    + a Daily Muse tee-shirt
    + a Daily Muse tote bag
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver & a Twitter shout-out!

    0 out of 8 claimed

  • $10,000USD
    Worthy of a Party

    Contribute $10,000 and The Daily Muse team will throw a party in your honor!
    + dinner with 2 founders in NY or SF
    + sneak peak/feedback in development & creative process of courses
    + a free pass to every course ever
    + your name (& our thanks) on Forbes
    + a Daily Muse tee-shirt and tote
    + handwritten thank you from a founder
    + an invite to TDM/IGG party
    + thank you on The Daily Muse
    + an exclusive screensaver
    + a Twitter shout-out!

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