About: Kate Kendall is the the founder and CEO of The Fetch – a guide where professionals share and discover what’s happening in their city. Created in Melbourne in mid-2011, and officially launching in the US in 2013, The Fetch is in 10 cities around the globe and growing.
Kate was born in England, moved to Australia aged 10 and now lives in New York.
Before following her entrepreneurial drive, she started out as a business journalist and editor. She was also digital director of a niche magazine publishing company looking after development, product and growth. She’s held other roles in media, travel and startup companies, and regularly helps businesses understand the role of community (management, building, outreach and strategy) through her Skillshare and General Assembly classes.
Familiar with the Asia Pacific, European and US markets, Kate has an inimitable, deep knowledge of city-level startup, creative and tech initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne in biotechnology and microbiology, and Masters of Business (Marketing) at RMIT University with a thesis on social media strategy. She is a blue-tick verified Twitter user.
Recent hat tips and mentions:
Founder of The Year 2012, Shoe String Startups
Top 30 Digital Influencers 2012, Australian Government Trade Commission
10 Hot Shots Raising the Bar in Female Achievement, Marie Claire
Top 10 Founder Blogs Every Entrepreneur Should Follow, Venture Village
10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry, Event Manager Blog
Top 20 Young Professionals to Watch 2012, Brazen Careerist
Top 100 Influential People of 2011, The Age Melbourne Magazine
Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, Startup Smart
Top 50 Influencers in the Australian Startup Space, Shoe String Startups
30 Under 30 Digital Shortlist, B&T Magazine
Featured Cool Curator, Flipboard
Before going full time on The Fetch in mid-2012, Kate advised on digital and community development to Dumbo Feather – a well-regarded indie magazine featuring conversations with extraordinary people. She also consulted to social bookmarking site Delicious on product strategy and communications.
In 2010 she worked with Y Combinator flight search startup Adioso as the marketing and communications director. Prior to this, she was the digital director at the magazine company Niche Media, which publishes titles such as Macworld, Marketing and Desktop. Kate started at Niche Media in 2008 as the online editor and feature writer of Marketing, writing cover stories on global superbrands such as Google (including an interview with Marissa Mayer), L’Oréal and Microsoft.
Before this, Kate worked in a mixture of editorial, marketing and comms roles at Universal Magazines, ACP Magazines (as an intern) and Bed Bath N’ Table.
History as a community organiser
Being an event-organising junkie in remission, Kate has volunteered a lot of time and soul into the communities she works and plays in. In 2009, she kicked off Social Media Melbourne aka #socialmelb – a weekly conversational breakfast gathering of people interested and working in the digital space. The group is renowned for facilitating discussion across industry and is a catalyst for collaboration, idea generation and knowledge transfer. In 2011, she co-organised the tech entrepreneurship Silicon Beach and travel industry Travel Massive Melbourne meetups, as well as leading the first Women 2.0 Founder Friday in Australia and one of the largest, early Instameets in the world.
Other projects include Cloud Peeps (a platform to connect community managers with startups and small businesses).
Current short bio:
Kate Kendall is a British-Australian entrepreneur who is now based in New York. She’s the founder and CEO of theFetch.com – a guide for professionals to share and discover what’s happening in their city. The weekly email digests cover what’s happening in the startup, tech and creative communities – and are published in 10 other cities around the globe. She started out as a business journalist and has recently led growth and digital at magazine companies, handled outreach for new startups and helped businesses understand the role of community. Her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, BuzzFeed, The Next Web, The Australian, the ABC, Marie Claire, Lifehacker and more. Follow her on Twitter via @katekendall.
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