„Odyssey recently raised $25 million in a round led by Michael Lazerow, who sold his startup Buddy Media to Salesforce for $800 million, and Columbus Nova’s Jason Epstein. Both will be joining Odyssey’s board. Odyssey’s total funding sits at $32 million.
Odyssey is a bit like a college paper on steroids. The startup has a stable of over 10,000 writers, aged 18-28, who produce around one piece a week. Odyssey then relies on the social networks of the individual writers to push out the content to the masses.
Each writer has to apply, and the main criteria for acceptance, Burns explains, is having a unique perspective — and being able to turn in an article once a week. These writers are not paid.“