As Vox Media continues to devote more resources to its online video operations, it has launched a series that profiles creative, thoughtful individuals who have found success in the business world. The media company whose owned-and-operated sites include Curbed, The Verge, and SB Nation has launched Courageous Leaders, a docu-series in which notable entrepreneurs share their secrets.
The six episodes released across Vox’s network profile the people behind successful ventures in fields like tech, marketing, and interior design. Here’s one of those installments, featuring a chat between series host Hartley Sawyer and Thrillist co-founder Ben Lerer:
Hiscox, an insurance company that works with small businesses, sponsored the series. It enlisted Wilson Cleveland, with whom it has previously worked for projects like Leap Year, as the producer of Courageous Leaders. Cleveland in turn recruited Sawyer, a frequent collaborator of his over the past year, as host. “Creatively, I saw Courageous Leaders as a mashup of Kevin Rose’s Foundation, Alexis Ohanian’s Small Empires and Last Call with Carson Daly,” Cleveland told Tubefilter. “We made Courageous Leaders for those on the fence about making that leap for themselves. Hearing successful people discuss their success is nice, but hearing their very personal journeys to success, identifying similarities between your journeys and knowing they’ve been where you are, is downright inspiring.”
Sawyer also highlight the “leap of faith” theme when discussing Courageous Leaders. “Each one of these individuals that gave me their time had a different journey, but the commonality is that they all, at one point or another, made the decision to embrace and invest in the journey,” he said.