Inside Real Engineering’s New Career Platform ⚒️

The channel is connecting engineers jobs with top companies

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Real Engineering Launches Career Platform Propeller

Real Engineering’s new platform Propeller aims to help engineers find employment opportunities with “innovative companies” / Propeller

YouTube channel Real Engineering announced a career platform called Propeller this week, promising to connect engineers with “innovative companies” like Hermeus (aerospace) and Helion (nuclear fusion).

“I know how much money goes into engineering recruitment,” Real Engineering founder Brian McManus told us. “I was like, ‘I think we can do this cheaper and more efficiently, while also building a cool platform that isn’t LinkedIn.’”

The backstory: McManus first got the idea for Propeller after filming a documentary about Helion in 2022.

  • The company told him they hired a specialized nuclear engineer who reached out because of McManus’ video.

  • There aren’t many “properly talented” hardware engineers, McManus said, so the competition to recruit them is extremely high.

The solution: Create a job board that plays to Real Engineering’s strengths—telling stories, getting people excited, and connecting with an audience of over 4 million YouTube subscribers.

“Engineers are just mathematically-inclined artists…they’re always looking for a new creative challenge,” McManus told us.

The creator POV: Like many of his peers, McManus hopes to get his channel to a point where it’s not reliant on his uploads to stay afloat.

He said it’s a risk to plug and prioritize Propeller instead of ads in his content. But McManus, who spun out an in-house B2B animation studio last year, believes that building up his new venture now will set Real Engineering up for success in the long-term.

“The greatest businesses being built on YouTube right now are businesses that eventually don’t need the creator to promote them constantly,” he said.

Comedy Creator Druski Launches a Reality Show

Druski invites 15 contestants to live together and compete for $50,000 and a chance to sign with his parody record label on his new reality show / Druski

Comedy creator Drew “Druski” Desbordes released the first episode of his new reality show, Coulda Been House, on YouTube yesterday.

Set the scene: Desbordes is known for 1) viral sketch comedy videos he shares to his 7 million Instagram followers and 2) his parody music label Coulda Been Records. The show is Desbordes’ first foray into long-form video.

  • Coulda Been House follows 15 aspiring artists competing to win $50,000 and a chance to sign with Coulda Been Records. It has all the hallmarks of a reality TV show: shared living space, a confession booth, and a theme song by Snoop Dogg. 

  • But with a social twist: contestants are already sharing their own social cuts of their appearances.

The 40-minute premiere aired live on Desbordes’ YouTube channel to about 300,000 concurrent viewers. Desbordes paid for most of the production himself, and sponsors including Raising Canes, PrizePicks, Nike, and Icebox Jewelry supplemented with prizes and products. 

“We tried to pitch it to all these big networks and nobody believed in it,” Desbordes said on morning radio show The Breakfast Club. 

But: “We have Twitch streamers who are making bigger bags than rappers now,” Desbordes said. “It’s different [these] days but that’s what made me think I don’t need to justify what I do. I can pull up to a city saying ‘we’re doing Coulda Been Records tomorrow,’ and thousands of people will line up.”

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Podcast Unions Press Spotify on Fair Pay

Union staffers at Spotify-owned podcast companies are seeking improved pay, better severance, and AI safeguards / Illustration by Moy Zhong

Union staffers at several Spotify-owned podcast companies, including The Ringer and Gimlet, are protesting for a new contract after their previous one expired yesterday.

The details: The unions are seeking improved pay, better severance, and AI safeguards. The negotiations follow last June’s widespread layoffs in Spotify’s podcast division and company cost-cutting measures.

Members of the Gimlet union have pledged to strike if their requests aren’t met. The Ringer union hasn’t yet issued a strike pledge.

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