Tyler Cabot has spent the past fifteen years at the forefront of storytelling and media innovation across print, digital, and audio. He's the founder of Now/Here, a content monetization lab that helps media companies build sustainable products and business models, and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
Cabot spent the first decade of his career as features and fiction editor at Esquire magazine before leaving to spend a year studying journalism monetization as a 2014 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard. Upon returning to the magazine, he created Esquire Labs, where he invented new ways for the title to make money from editorial including Esquire Classic, a complete, living archive of everything ever published in the magazine from 1933 to today. Cabot also created the magazine’s paywall and podcast while partnering with companies such as Public Radio Exchange, Medium, Atavist, and Piano on new editorial products.
Most recently he served as deputy editor at Audible, Amazon’s audiobook company, where he launched Audible Originals, oversaw daily editorial operations, and created original audiobooks with authors such as Robert A. Caro, Adam Grant, and Curtis Sittenfeld.
Cabot is a founding member of Narrative 4, Colum McCann’s global storytelling non-profit, and has served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. He's a frequent speaker on monetization and the future of longform journalism.
“Curtis Sittenfeld’s Next Story Will Be an Audible Original,” The New York Times, December 6, 2018.
"All Ears—Caro Working on Audio-Only Project," AP, March 20, 2017.
“Podcast Revives Esquire’s Greatest Stories—and Its Business," Wired.com, October 5, 2015.
“How Esquire Built Esquire Classic," Nieman Labs, September 25, 2015.
“Esquire Takes ‘What I’ve Learned’ Feature to Medium,” WSJ.com, April 21, 2015.
“Whatever Happened to Stem Cells," The Leonard Lopate Show, May 18, 2013.
Esquire Classic, the complete digital archive from 1933 to today.
The Esquire Classic Podcast, biweekly podcast about Esquire's greatest stories.
What I've Learned: The Animated Series, animated interviews with Clint Eastwood and other luminaries.
The Falling Man Project, paywall fundraiser for The James Foley Scholarship Fund.
Narrative 4: How to Be a Man, launch website and book featuring 80 original short stories.
Power Moves: Lessons from Davos, by Adam Grant, Audible Original, January 2019.
Atomic Marriage, fiction by Curtis Sittenfeld, narrated by Diane Lane, Audible Original, January 2019.
On Power, reflections and reminiscences by Robert A. Caro, Audible Original, May 2017.
"Nirvana," fiction by Adam Johnson, Esquire, August 2013. Included in the National Book Award-winning collection Fortune Smiles.
"Joplin," by Luke Dittrich, Esquire, October 2011. Winner, National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, 2012.
"Whatever Happened to Stem Cells," Esquire, April 2013. The promise of artificial organs is no match for politics.
"The Prisoners of Guantánamo," Esquire, September 2011. A profile of Noor Uthman Muhammad, Guantánamo inmate 707. Supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
"Stories My Father Told Me," Esquire, July 2009. How my father came to represent an accused terrorist at Guantánamo.
"The Theory of Everything," Esquire, December 2006. Included in Best American Science Writing 2007.