The unique thing about Brisbane is its sense of community. People are connected and driving forward together, it’s amazing to watch and be a part of.
We’re heating things up in Brisbane again with an amazing new curator in startup, marketing, digital and music-lover Sarina Quinlan. We’re also welcoming Eloise Skella and Kelly Newbery to our City Ambassador crew.
Here’s our introductory welcome interview with Sarina:
What things excite you about our community right now?
It’s alive! The people, the ideas, the community. It’s a supportive, fun environment and I enjoy it immensely.
Why did you want to get involved with ‘fetching’ happenings for The Fetch?
Helping a scene I have a strong affiliation with, and connecting with like minded people, is my motivation for ‘fetching’.
How did you end up where you are today?
I started a music fanzine at 17 which quickly turned into a webzine in 2000 called RockReviewer.co.uk. From there, I worked in music PR and eventually a full-time marketing position at a music venue in Ascot, UK. My move into digital was with IDG Global Solutions in 2006, running webcasts for companies including Nokia and Fujitsu-Siemens. Leading the development of online communities across Europe for HP in early 2007, was an amazing experience. It was the same time Facebook was quietly becoming the monster it is today.
A digital agency, a usability testing role, product development and marketing projects, including a role at an iPad app development platform startup, bring me to May this year. On 12 May 2013, I launched my freelance career under Marketing Digital, and my work keeps getting more exciting, I feel very lucky.
What makes you tick? What makes you ick?
Personal Tick (like a twitch? A good one): The Flatliners, Skindred, PJ Harvey, Therapy?, The Human Abstract too many artists to list. Taking my ex-racehorse Syrian out jumping and trailing, and not to forget my cat Lizard. Work tick: Working with my awesome clients and startups I have had the pleasure of meeting. Other things that make me ick… horse racing, and any other form of animal cruelty. Ick: Vegemite and Marmite. They both ick.
What events can we find you at?
Mobile Monday Brisbane, Brisbane UX group events, Brisbane Web Design group events, Silicone Beach and Brisbane SEO group, and the Lamb of God/Meshuggah gig in September.
What’s your favourite thing about your city?
It’s a cliche but I have to say the weather. When you’ve spent years with freezing toes in English offices, you never take the sun for granted.
Where can we find you in BNE?
Visiting River City Labs, at my home office, and probably shoving a voice recording machine in the direction of inspirational people at least once a week.
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