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. Launched out of Melbourne mid-2011, and officially launching in the US in 2013, The Fetch is in 10 cities around the globe and growing. She’s a British-Australian entrepreneur, digital marketer and community strategist based in New York.
She started out as a business journalist and editor before moving to become digital director of a magazine publishing company looking after development, product and growth. She’s held senior roles in media, travel and startup companies, and regularly helps businesses understand the role of community through her Skillshare and General Assembly classes.
She’s familiar with the Asia Pacific, European and US markets and has a deep knowledge of city-level startup, creative and tech initiatives. She has 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 strategy. She has one of the rare blue verified ticks on Twitter.
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
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 20 Aussie Startup Mentors, 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 and contributed 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 2011 she worked with Travellerspoint (online travel community) and The Conversation (news and analysis edutech startup). She also appeared on community radio via Triple R’s Byte into It and co-organised the tech entrepreneurship Silicon Beach and travel industry Travel Massive meetups.
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 Australian Macworld, Marketing, Desktop and Architectural Review Australia.
In 2009, Kate also kicked off the Social Media Melbourne // Socialmelb community, which involves weekly conversational breakfasts gatherings 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.
Kate started at Niche Media in 2008 as the online editor and feature writer of Marketing magazine, and wrote cover stories on global superbrands such as Google, L’Oréal and Microsoft.
Before this, Kate worked in a mixture of editorial, marketing and communication roles in the magazine and retail industries at companies such as Universal Magazines, ACP Magazines and Bed Bath N’ Table.
Other projects include Cloud Peeps (a platform to connect community managers with startups and small businesses) and Women Hack (Australia’s women-focused entrepreneurial virtual incubator, startup community and knowledge space for tech and web-based businesses).
Current short bio:
Kate Kendall is a British-Australian entrepreneur who now divides her time between San Francisco and 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. She can often be found in coworking spaces drinking tea. Follow her on Twitter via @katekendall.
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