Obvious Corp.’s Medium Snags Star Literary Agent to Head Content

By Cameron Scott 

Medium, the yet-to-launch publishing project of Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone, has hired “wunderkind” literary agent Kate Lee to serve as director of content.

Lee had, until April, been at ICM literary agency.

Williams described Medium at a conference last month as an extension of Blogger, which he also co-founded: Blogger gave everybody the chance to publish their writing on the Web. Now that the Web is awash with content, Medium will help highlight the best, Williams said.

It’s unclear exactly what Medium will be when it launches, but it will evidently be some sort of common platform for blogs that highlights quality content. Medium is a project of the equally mysterious Obvious Corp., whose tagline is “We do various things.”

“Truth be told, there’s only so far that content can be ‘directed’ on a platform like Medium, which will be an open marketplace of ideas, where everyone can participate and publish,” Williams wrote in a blog post announcing Lee’s hire.

“But it doesn’t hurt to nudge things in the right direction—especially when getting a new platform off the ground. Kate’s job is to help get great stuff onto Medium. She’ll do this … by discovering, encouraging, soliciting, commissioning, and contextualizing interesting ideas, authors, and institutions.”

Lee, unlike the rest of the staff at Obvious Corp., will be based in New York.

Photo of Kate Lee courtesy Obvious Corp.