Kate Kendall is a San Francisco-based, British-Australian entrepreneur and writer. She’s the founder and CEO of CloudPeeps – a talent marketplace that matches businesses with the world’s top freelance marketing, content and community professionals. She also created The Fetch – a curated guide to the best events and industry reads for professionals.
She started out as a business journalist and more 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, Quartz, BuzzFeed, The Next Web, The Australian, the ABC, Marie Claire, Lifehacker and more. General Assembly named her blog in the top 10 startup founder blogs to read in 2014. Connect with her on Twitter via @katekendall.
Longer history bio:
Kate Kendall is a San Francisco-based, British-Australian entrepreneur and writer. She’s the founder and CEO of CloudPeeps – a talent marketplace that matches businesses with world’s top freelance marketing, content and community professionals. Our mission is to allow every professional the freedom to work the way they want, from wherever they want.
Kate also founded The Fetch – a guide where professionals share and discover what’s happening in their city. Created in Melbourne in mid-2011, The Fetch is now in 10 cities around the globe and growing with applications to curate new regions received weekly.
Kate started out as a business journalist and editor. She was also digital director of a niche magazine publishing company looking after development, tech 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. She also recently helped Stripe launch in Australia.
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 was recently ranked the most influential Australian entrepreneur on Twitter.
Recent hat tips and mentions:
The Most Influential Australian Entrepreneur on Twitter, Smart Company
10 Startup Founder Blogs Every Entrepreneur Should Read, General Assembly
Founder of The Year 2012, Startup Daily
Top 30 Digital Influencers, Australian Government Trade Commission
10 Hot Shots Raising the Bar in Female Achievement, Marie Claire
10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry, Event Manager Blog
Top 20 Young Professionals to Watch, Brazen Careerist
Top 100 Influential People, The Age Melbourne Magazine
Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, Startup Smart
In 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-organizing 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. In 2014, she helped organize the Down Under New York Aussie Tech Meetup and the New York Email Marketing Meetup.
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