Hey there, San Francisco.
Last December, I left my job as a tech reporter to start The SF Minute. It was in the middle of the pandemic and an exodus from our city, and it felt like an incredibly important time to cover what was happening here.
I hope, over this past year, I’ve helped you make sense of the monumental problems that San Francisco faces and the good that continues to take place across our city daily.
From a reporting perspective, it’s been the most fulfilling work of my career. And the really exciting part? It feels like we’re just getting started.
Today, I’m thrilled to announce The SF Minute Membership Program.
Almost from the beginning readers have asked how they can help support The SF Minute and make sure it continues to thrive. One person went so far as mailing me a physical check in the mail! Now, there’s a much easier way: Become an SF Minute Member!
Here’s a look at our membership plans and perks…
Pay $5 per month (or $50 per year) and you’ll get:
💯 Full access to everything we produce. That includes our Monday through Friday newsletters. It also includes bonus content (like our Weekend Guides) and special reporting projects.
🤠 Invites to community events. Beyond the newsletter, we’d like to do more as a community. To start, that will include virtual and in-person Q&As with local leaders, social events (like happy hours and coffee meet-ups), and field trips across the city (like brewery tours and history walks).
💞 Knowing that you directly support local news in your city. This might seem cheesy, but it’s 100% true. Your financial support will go directly towards making The SF Minute the most reliable (and enjoyable) local news source in the city. And, importantly, it’ll help keep the lights on for us.
Pay $250 per year to become a “Founding Member” and you’ll get:
🔥 The chance to advise The SF Minute during its quarterly planning meetings. Think of this as an unofficial board seat. Four times a year, you’ll be invited to meet with me, our head of marketing, and other SF Minute writers as we discuss our content strategy, business strategy, and more. If you’ve ever wondered how an upstart media company operates, this is your chance at a front-row seat.
If you decide not to become an SF Minute Member today, you will still receive our Monday-Friday newsletters. And if you really want to become a member, but just can’t swing it, send me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll make it happen.
Still thinking about it? Here’s what some of our loyal readers are saying about The SF Minute:
“I've read nearly every issue of the SF Minute! Nick is a master of curating the most newsworthy and interesting local stories and distilling the information into digestible chunks—with flavor...San Francisco was missing this!
— Erica Messner, Editor of The San Franciscan magazine
“It's hard to imagine a more succinct and engaging daily newsletter about San Francisco. When I'm short on time and long on emails, I always find a minute for the SF Minute!”
— Luke Spray aka “The Early Bird,” co-host of Roll Over Easy
“As a San Francisco transplant that’s been looking to get to know the city better, the SF Minute has introduced me to so many fun events and new restaurants around town… [It’s] also given me a much-needed primer on SF politics that’s helped me stay engaged on local issues.”
— Kate Clark, Reporter at The Information
“I look forward to the SF Minute every day. It’s literally the highlight of my afternoons.”
— Clarence Sanon, Engagement and Inclusion Manager at Faire
“The SF Minute is the essential roadmap to San Francisco that I first didn’t know I needed, and now almost can’t live without. I can only pay so much attention to local news, and Nick offers a concise snapshot of what matters — including the best, opinionated guide to the weekend in the entire Bay Area.”
— Teddy Schleifer, Reporter at Puck
For the sake of brevity (and sticking to our name), I’ll wrap this up. But I want to leave you with one last thought.
If you open The SF Minute newsletter every day, or almost every day, and consistently find yourself learning a thing or two about our city that you didn’t know before, consider becoming a member.
We have so much to explore in our city, and I know it sounds cliché, but I really can’t do it without your support!
Thanks for reading and all my best,
Nick Bastone, Founder and Reporter at The SF Minute
Ah, one more thing. Because I like a good competition (and to be transparent), let’s see how many members we can sign up this month. The SF Minute has around 3,000 subscribers today, so maybe we’ll try to reach 300 members by the end of November.
Want to be one of the first?