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15 places to find a startup job in London — July 20, 2013

15 places to find a startup job in London

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Breaking into the London startup scene and getting your first job can be hard – especially if you are moving from a corporate role or you’re a recent university graduate.

Although, there are no shortage of networking events happening around Silicon Roundabout, we wanted to put together a comprehensive list of job boards specifically listing startup tech roles.

For the larger tech companies, Linkedin is a great resource – especially for getting those important introductions – however the sites below are also a great place to start.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my Top 15 Startup Job Boards for London roles:

1. Google Campus London is a great place to start looking for fresh startup roles and tech and dev jobs.

2. 3beards Jobs Board is the one stop shop for all tech related jobs going in Tech City at the moment.

3. Work in Startups lists startup roles including technical, marketing, intern and co-founder listings.

4. EscTheCity is a website for those who want to escape the corporate rat race and explore all types of opportunities such as working for a startup, volunteer work and anything else in between.

5. Tech City Jobs is powered by TechHub and JobsPage. Regular listings for dev & tech jobs around Silicon Roundabout.

6. Built in London comes from the team at Steer, who have put together all jobs available at startups based in London.

7. Mind The Product includes exclusive listings for product management roles.

8. Hacker Jobs UK lists only technical and development roles.

9. Upstart Jobs posts all types of startup roles from developers, marketing and sales vacancies.

10. UK Startup Jobs has a variety of listings from technical roles, to sales and biz dev to marketing roles.

11. JobPage is a crowd sourced job network and feature listings for all types of roles from sales assistants, to managers and account executives at an agency. But since they are startup themselves check back here for any related tech and startup roles.

12. Mars Jobs was born in Berlin, but has recently started to list startup jobs based in London.

13. Online Community Manager Jobs is the place to look for social media and community management roles.

14. Chinwag Jobs Board is a great resource for all digital, social media, web design, ecommerce, UX and technical roles.

15. Gorkana lists online journalism, social media and editorial and PR jobs.

16. Somewhere Hq London added by @Josef 

17. F6s Jobs added by @ParallelBrains

18. Careers 2.0 UK added by @ParallelBrains

19. Dreakstake added by @carlosdajackal

20. Foundee added by @carlosdajackal

21. Enternships added by @NatashaHodgson @isoworg

Which sites do you use to look for startup jobs? Please add your suggestions in the comments section below or tweet us @thefetchLDN and we’ll add to it.

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About our contributor // Chloe Nicholls is the editor and chief content strategist at PublicBeta, video producer at Newspepper.com and the curator of The Fetch London.

Image Credit: Helena Carrington

Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London — November 30, 2012

Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. To kick us off, Chloe Nicholls in London, aka @ThatGirl_Chloe, highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.

Chloe presenting for Techfluff.tv at The Lovie Awards

Best event for meeting people? 

Any of the events organised by @3Beards i.e. SiliconDrinkabout, Digital SizzleDon’t Pitch Me Bro – these guys have really revived the tech and startup scene in London.

Best event for content shared and learnings? 

General Assembly London for key learnings and workshops, and some favourite  conferences and events include Social Media WeekInternet Week EuropeleWeb LondonReMixMind the Product and Wired 2012

Personal event stye preference? 

Although I attend many conferences and big events every year, I prefer smaller panels and workshops, with a great MC who can ask direct questions – not only to the panel but to the audience too and get a debate going. I find that it’s the people in the audience who sometimes have the most interesting answers/points of view rather than the speakers or panel.

Favourite source of local community news? 

Twitter and Facebook is where I find out all my industry goss!

Favourite coworking space? 

For the creatives The Hospital Club and for the techies Google Campus and Central Working (great coworking spaces and cafe even if it’s sometimes bursting at the seams).

Favourite cafe with wifi? 

The Breakfast Club! (Good place for breakfast, lunch or both; brunch – plus they have great wifi access). 

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year? 

Heading to SXSW with my team from Newspepper and low light, bit of an obvious one, but the summer rain before the London 2012 Olympics – it was endless rain for about one month.

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?

The Fetch has been a great way to tap into London’s tech, business and creative communities and keep up-to-date on going on for professionals. By curating the newsletter, I get to discover new  events and share them with the rest of the community. I’ve definitely met some interesting characters along the way!

What are you looking forward to in 2013? 

I can’t wait to start hosting The Fetch Conversations – which are thought-leader dinners for The Fetch community plus continue to work with our brilliant Community Ambassadors and build the community for a wider audience. 

Interview: London Local, Andreea Magdalina — October 28, 2012

Interview: London Local, Andreea Magdalina

This week The Fetch London’s Curator, Chloe Nicholls, interviews Andreea Magdalina, a Community Manager & Social Media Specialist. Andreea is the latest member to join the team as our community ambassador!

Name: Andreea Magdalina
Role: Community Manager at Enternships & Social Media Specialist
Twitter: @trrpaipai

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to live in London?

Two weeks into the UCAS deadline I decided to leave Romania for the more promising lands of Britain, after having spent a good few months preparing myself for a career in law. Choosing Media Communications for a degree was partly serendipitous, partly based on the fact that I’m a people person. Good writing skills didn’t hurt either.

Is there much of tech scene in Romania?

Oh yes, there’s more to Romania than horse carts and vampires. In fact, the tech scene there is highly developed and famous startups hungry for talent are scouting Romania for the next Tim Cook. Plus, there is a very engaged entrepreneurial spirit springing from Bucharest as well with communities such as Bucharest Hubb, the first to ever bring these people together, the more recent franchise The Hub Bucharest, Startup Weekend Romania which takes place in a couple of weeks plus much more. Plenty of Romanians went on founding very successful tech businesses too: Summify (recently acquired by Twitter), Brainient (based in London, video advertising), eRepublik (gaming), UberVu (social media marketing), Redutti (the Romanian Groupon) and lots more.

As a community manager, what do you think are some of the myths about your role and what has been your biggest challenge to date?

The most popular myth about Community Managers is that their job is to be on Facebook and Twitter all day long. While it’s true you may have to do a bit of customer service here and there, there’s a lot more strategic planning involved. The biggest challenge I have and am still facing is dealing with negative feedback – you can’t make everybody happy but as a Community Manager my role is to tone that down to zero.

You have a strong background in music and tech, do you have any hot tips for any up and coming music startups?

Looking at how fast things are moving, my only fear is that they get distracted. As long as music people do what they do for the love of it, they’ll stand a chance of survival in the music tech scene. Belief in your product, as well as a strong understanding of your audience are they key to success for any startup.

What are some of your favourite eNewsletters you subscribe to (apart from The Fetch of course!)?

I keep complaining about flooding emails every day but to be honest I don’t know what I’d do with a zero inbox. It’s a total delight to read emails from Swissmiss, Seth Godin, PSFK and others for my marketing and design inspiration plus a bunch of entrepreneurs who blog, such as Andrew Chen, as well as community management tips from Feverbee.

Where do you like to hang out in London?

I’ve been working in Angel for over a year now and I absolutely love it. Just up the road from Silicon Roundabout, it’s buzzing with creatives on their bikes and good places to eat and drink but still close enough to the madness in East London when I’m in a party mood.

Do you think being a ‘women in tech’ means that you have to code?

Absolutely not, although it doesn’t hurt to know the basics. I’m learning code as we speak and it’s quite a lengthy process which I’m not sure I’ll ever master to a ‘fluent’ level but ever since I found out how websites work I’m much better at my job and get a lot more ideas that I can implement using soft skills only.

Finally, what’s next for you?

I’m currently switching jobs, part-time postgrad student, doing a few projects on the side and planning a trip to the US. I look forward to plunging into the tech music scene with the guys at Mixcloud, they are a great team and the industry is hot hot hot with lots of development and new models to be explored. Planning to change the way people consume music!

You can follow Andreea on Twitter @trrpaipa.

Interview: UK Local, Joanna Montgomery — June 29, 2012

Interview: UK Local, Joanna Montgomery

This week, The Fetch London curator, Chloe Nicholls, interviews Joanna Montgomery from Little Riot, a company which specialises in connecting people with technology, through design.

Joanna Montgomery, Little Riot

Website: http://www.littleriot.co.uk

Twitter: @joannasaurusrex

Tell us a little about your company Little Riot and how it evolved from a research company to a design and product development agency?

I graduated in 2010 and started the company almost straight away. I knew I wanted to run my own business, and exploring the ways people communicate using technology really interested me – but when my degree project, Pillow Talk, began to receive so much publicity, I knew I needed to focus on developing it into a commercial product.

Little Riot specialises in ”connecting people with technology, through design”. What inspired you to design and develop your first product ‘Pillow Talk’?

I studied Interaction Design at university and, along the way, I began to find it frustrating that technology has become quite two-dimensional. Things that are ‘interactive’ used to be really exciting and engaging – but now they all revolve around the same things; screens, buttons, etc. I thought technology could do better, so I set out to develop a more intimate way for two people to interact – and so Pillow Talk was born.

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? 

My boyfriend of three years works on a ship which builds off-shore wind farms, so he spends over half the year at sea! It’s not really a conventional “long distance relationship” – but we do spend a lot of time apart.

Since you launched the idea of ‘Pillow Talk’ (via a very successful YouTube video campaign) have you been able to bring your product to market?

The product has been in development for about eighteen months now. We’re on the home stretch and – subject to securing a bit more funding – are on track to release Pillow Talk this year. Developing a physical, technological product is a very expensive and time-consuming process with a lot of hurdles to overcome.

What are some of the challenges you have faced in designing, developing and manufacturing a product for consumers?

Pillow Talk started out as a university project and I remember deciding I was going to turn it into a commercial product… and then looking down at my homemade prototype, with wires hanging out of it, and thinking “where do I start?!”. I had just graduated and I didn’t have a clue where to begin, so I guess the biggest challenge was coming up with a realistic game plan. I had no business experience, no product development knowledge, and was founding a company on my own. I had to build a team around me very quickly and finding the right people to support me was challenging. The last year and a half has been an incredibly steep learning curve and the reality is that every single day brings a new challenge.

What other products do you love that connect people through great technology and design?

Right now I’m a big fan of the Pebble watch which just raised a whopping $10m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. It’s a really nice way of integrating technology within people’s lives and I suspect that is why it’s so popular. However, I would still like to see more products that have a focus on communication hit the market.

You’ve won some great awards and funding during the lead up to the launch of Pillow Talk; £25,000 development funding from the Technology Strategy Board, winning £10,000 at NACUE’s National Varsity Pitch Competition and £1000 for Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Award, do you have any tips and tricks to other entrepenuers pitching their product for funding?

I’ve been really lucky. My best advice is to just believe in your product and always be honest. If you are committed and passionate, it will show, and if you have an idea worth believing in then people will support it. Know your business inside out – a lot of people I know get the most nervous over the Q&A session that usually follows a pitch, but if you can’t answer every question you are asked, then you’re not working hard enough to understand your goals.

What’s getting you excited about startups and small business at the moment? Any great tools and sites you would like to share?

I’m a big fan of Shell LiveWIRE. They offer several £1,000 cash awards every month for 16-30yr olds. I won a Grand Ideas Award in May last year – but the support and opportunities I have received since have been far more valuable. The site also has a buzzing community where there are always people to offer advice and bounce ideas off.

You are based in Newcastle. Can you tell us London fetchers about the tech and startup scene there? Any events you recommend we should attend?

Newcastle now has a great tech and start-up scene. There is a thriving community of start-ups and support networks, with regular events and after-work get-togethers. Soon to launch for its second year is Europe’s first £1m tech accelerator programme, Ignite100 which offers a 13-week mentorship programme and the opportunity to receive VC funding at the end. It all kicks off in September, so the North East will see another influx of creative start-ups and businesses [Entries for application close on 30th June 2012].

Finally what’s next for Little Riot and are you bring any other products to market?

Pillow Talk is due to launch this year. At the moment, all of our focus is on this, but we do have plans for other products in the future, so watch this space!

Top 10 London City Guides — May 15, 2012

Top 10 London City Guides

Pic courtesy of @jeera.

This week, @ThatGirl_Chloe shares her favourite London blogs which cover what’s happening in and around London and offer an alternative view of this great city! If she’s missed any of your favourites, please tweet or email her. Enjoy!

1. Londonist –> http://londonist.com

The Londonist has cult following in the blogsphere and has created a real community spirit around their website and Facebook Page, with loads of interesting stories, articles and event listings. A regular feature is Week In Geek, the Weekend Round Up and for when you are cash-strapped (London is expensive!) some ideas of things to do on the cheap.

2. Handpicked London –> Facebook Fan page

With over 80,000 likes on Facebook, Handpicked London is becoming a favourite among Londonites, to get their pick “of London’s most interesting, secret or unusual things”. Also, a little known fact, they also run this site http://ldn.in/ which aggregates interesting blogs and content from other well-known London Blogs (some of which are listed here). Be sure to like their page to find out latest news and events, silly pictures and tidbits.

3. I know this great little place in London –> http://www.greatlittleplace.com

Founded by Rich Brown and Rossa Shanks, I know this great little place in London was born out of pure frustration against the rise of restaurant chains and not having a place to share local knowledge and independent discoveries. In their own words, GLP, “is a collection of thoughts on the best in London’s unexpected special little venues and activities”. The community is heavily involved in contributing to the daily listings, and Facebook and Twitter fans are strongly encouraged to make their own suggestions. In fact because they are so committed, GLP managed to secure over £10,000 in investment from their community and fan base, using a crowdfunder campaign to help fund and re-design their new website.

4. Run Riot! –> http://www.run-riot.com

One of my favourite ‘What’s On’ guide for alternative nights out in London, which mainly covers East London. Split into several categories featuring Art, Club, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Think and the Wild Card, Run Riot! generally has something for everyone. If you are looking for something different, then look here first.

5. InFormed London –> http://informedlondon.com

InFormed London features one event per day, that is not to be missed! They cover everything from jumble sales, film screenings, club nights and theatre reviews. Always fresh and updated daily, I definitely recommend you check back here often. They also run competitions and have an impressive blog roll (which includes some of my fave blogs that I have featured here).

6. LeCool London –> http://lecool.com/london/en/current_issue

The ultimate London What’s On Guide which features loads of interesting events and listings in a beautifully designed webzine format. Every week, LeCool London has a varied selection of events from exhibitions, gigs, food, sport, cinema and club night listings. You can also catch up on some London extras by reading their blog which includes London Selected by…The Dead Dolls Club.

7. London Loves Business –> http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com

London Loves Business is a fantastic resource for budding entrepreneurs but also covers London Culture and lifestyle news, as well as upcoming conferences and exhibitions. Well worth the look if you are searching for some in-depth news bites and perhaps even a new career move!

8. Tired of London Tired of Life –> http://www.tiredoflondontiredoflife.com

If you ever find yourself bored, twiddling your thumbs, thinking about what to do on a nice sunny day in London, then check back to this blog. Every day the author features one thing to do in London, with every idea is being different from the last. Get out of the city and visit High Elms Country Park. Make new discoveries, and impress your friends about your insider knowledge!

9. IanVisits –> http://www.ianvisits.co.uk

A bit of a staple for the London blogosphere, IanVisits is full of fascinating facts, news and events. Continually updated with fresh listings, this blog features a what’s on guide, photo gallery and latest news coverage of testing being carried out on the new cable car route over the 02 Arena.

10. Little Miss Random –> http://littlemissrandom.blogspot.co.uk

A recent addition to my ‘London favourites’ bloggers list, is Little Miss Random’s weekly round-up of all sorts of events, clubs nights and venues to visit in London. Every week she writes up her top listings during ‘School nights’ and at the weekend. This week features everything from ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ to Hip Hop Karaoke, and Friday Night Freakshow at The Underbelly. One to be bookmarked!

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