I’ve been meaning to write a few updates and announcements over the past few weeks but things have been a bit hectic. So, for the sake of getting it done – I’m doing a mixed bag post now.
The Fetch London
First up, The Fetch officially launched in London. That’s right – we’re now covering what’s on in the digital, business and creative communities in the UK, and oh my, there is so much! It’s been fun ‘armchair eventing’ and perusing all the amazing things to do, especially with unique offerings like de Botton’s The School of Life. I’m pleased to be working with fellow pom/Oz-heritage mashup Chloe Nicholls on this. Check it out if you’re a resident or in town visiting –>
Secondly, I’ve started collaborating and working with Dumbo Feather magazine. The name leaves everything to the imagination, but in a nutshell it’s a publication and community around extraordinary ideas and the extraordinary people behind them. Originally started by Kate Bezar, Dumbo has now been ‘passed on’ to the great team at Small Giants – a company founded in 2007 that focuses on and supports social enterprises. The beautiful thing about the magazine’s content is that it’s largely long-form interviews, something I find incredibly refreshing online. To get a taste, delve into some recent interviews with Chris Anderson (curator of TED) and Brené Brown (a grounded academic and vulnerability thought-leader). I’m sinking my teeth into their digital offering and online community, and will be experimenting with everything from Kindle Singles (check out Alain de Botton’s here) to video stories and Instagram campaigns. Follow along at @dumbofeather and /dumbofeather.
Here’s a pic of the latest mag’s cover:
I’m off again to San Francisco next week and London in April. Part of the San Francisco trip will be to immerse myself in the Valley’s culture and get some feedback from investors and industry peers about The Fetch. I’m currently refining the core offering but really need to have these conversations to take it to the next level. Part of the trip is to also get to some rather cool conferences:
- Women 2.0 PITCH Conference, 14 Feb (full female props for having it on Valentine’s Day)
- My first Skillshare class on Pinterest, 15 Feb
- Future of Education – Learn Anything, Anytime, Anyplace through Informal Learning, 16 Feb
- FailChat: Go Fund Yourself!, 22 Feb
- Wisdom 2.0 (unbelievable speaker line-up), 23-26 Feb
- Fundraising: Create the Perfect Pitch for Angels and VCs, 28 Feb
- Launch Festival (by Dave McClure), 7-8 March
- Being Human Conference, 24 March
- Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, 28-30 March
The inspiring Hermione Way of Newspepper and The Next Web has initiated a global startup competition called Startup World. Much like competing on American Idol, the competition will be held in 36 cities world-wide, with the regional winners flying to Silicon Valley to battle it out in front of a panel of judges to be crowned the world’s best startup. I’m an advisor along with some other peeps, so check it out and shoot any questions through. There’ll be more updates re: Australian dates soon.
“Whilst there’s certainly advantages to building startups in Silicon Valley due to the sheer amount of entrepreneurs, venture capital and access to talent, startups and entrepreneurship is a global story.”
Not really much to report here but I’m totally three years to late to Tumblr and absolutely loving it. I’m unsurprisingly katekendall.tumblr.com.
I’m running another Melbourne Community Management Workshop this week but have decided to head to Sydney in mid-April. If you want to hear what social media is really about (i.e. the people not the tools) and what brands are doing it well, come along! –> http://communitymanagementworkshop3.eventbrite.com
And before I bore you to tears, there’s been a few media features I haven’t mentioned here yet. For completeness on this mixed-bag update, here they are:
- Quote in The Australian about Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter influence
- ‘Kate Kendall, The Fetch’ interview with Uncluttered White Spaces
- 20 Brazen Young Professionals to Watch in 2012
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and keep on fighting the good fight!