On the Twelfth Day of OZY ... - OZY | A Modern Media Company


To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700+ times OZY has put you ahead of the curve over the years.

By OZY Editors

OZY just turned 5 — so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (with the corresponding number of stories for each day in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700+ times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.

OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — lovers of great storytelling — looked out into the media landscape six years ago and found a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to thrill curious readers in a way that would excite them about the world around them.

So OZY set off to do just that — and, to this day, feeds the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the exciting and surprising world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in NYC — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes).

No. 12: Rising Stars to Remember

On the twelfth day of OZY, we proudly help you revisit 12 of the hottest rising stars we’ve shone a spotlight on over the last five years long before other outlets:

  1. Stewart Butterfield, the CEO of Slack who we profiled when the communications tool had 90,000 users. Now it has 8 million active daily users and is worth $7 billion.
  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old political novice who took out a Queens power broker — and is now a leading voice on the left.
  3. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor–turned–U.N. ambassador–turned … TBD.
  4. Stacey Abrams, a Georgia legislator who became a national voice for voting rights during her campaign for governor. 
  5. Harris Faulkner, the Fox News host mounting a #MeToo charge — now boasting her own hourlong show.
  6. Dua Lipa, the ”dark pop’ sensation” now rocketing up the charts and earning two Grammy nominations.
  7. Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees slugger who took over the Bronx.
  8. Jayson Tatum, then a Duke basketball phenom, now lighting it up with the Boston Celtics.
  9. London Kaye, the crochet queen who is redefining street art.
  10. Lena Waithe, the multitalented storyteller–turned–Vanity Fair cover star.
  11. Alvin Cailan, chef and founder of Los Angeles hit Eggslut, now expanding his reach nationwide. 
  12. Charles King, the Hollywood producer behind Sorry to Bother You, Mudbound and Fences.

Why You Should Care: Because these are today’s movers and shakers.

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