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The Fetch Barcelona pop-up – our future curator fills us in on what’s happening now — November 11, 2013

The Fetch Barcelona pop-up – our future curator fills us in on what’s happening now


Next year, we’re aiming to open up The Fetch to many cities on our wait-list. Jump on our global email list here to get notified when we launch. We already have an amazing crew of curators ready to bring you the best of your city.

Shoshana Tetroashvili is one such person who has Barcelona on her mind… and has collected an assortment of links for your below:

Although BCN is known for its bustling nightlife and bohemian air, for years now the city has been building its startup ecosystem. With an abundance of insightful and relevant events, the city is doing an excellent job living up to its potential!

To start off, make sure to keep an eye out for SocialMediaWeek 2014 – we’re super excited for the second edition to take place in our city!

From workshops to help ignite your creativity to PathWays to Exit – one of the most exclusive European Tech events, to developer geeks get-togethers, to “social running” (if you’re looking to blow off some steam and meet new Barcelonians in the process), to rubbing elbows with both Intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, Barcelona offers an array of fantastic get-togethers.

Home to the famous Mobile World Congress, and The Brandery, Barcelona has been repeatedly ranked amongst the top five cities for international events; this time-lapse video will make you understand why…

So, stay tuned for more updates and expansion in our city coverage in 2014.

About our contributor // Shoshana Tetroashvili is the founder of HerWorld, and is a multilingual brand marketing, business development and event management specialist.  

Image credit: Barron Webster

8 places to find a startup job in Australia — September 29, 2013

8 places to find a startup job in Australia


Finding a new job or info on how to join an upcoming startup in Australia can be difficult as there’s no one place to discover opportunities. Luckily, we’ve listed a few places below to kick-off your search.

The Australian startup community has really grown in the past few years – in fact nearly all of the coworking spaces, accelerators and meetups you see today didn’t exist pre-2011. (We remember heading along to Silicon Beach Drinks when there were just five people there!) Funding has also come on a lot but most startups are still poorly resourced or slowly bootstrapping so employment opportunities (well, the paid kind) are limited.

Many US companies are now going international and localising city-by-city in Australia. Uber, Etsy, Yammer, Yelp, oDesk, Airbnb, General Assembly, Stripe and Twitter have all recently set-up shop here and are often looking for talent. However, if you are making the shift from corporate to startup, we recommended getting a solid taste of startup life and going in at the early-stage. This way, you can make a bigger impact, have more responsibility and grow with the company (or see it fail, which is arguably a better experience to have).

One of the downsides of taking a startup job in Australia is that company regulations and structure often means it’s harder to allocate stock to employees. Some startups here won’t even put equity on the table. Salaries can also vary from being globally competitive to barely offering a living wage. The other elephant in the room is the visa situation – Australia can be strict so you’ll need to research the best pathway for you.

With all this in mind, check out our handy guide on how to discover startup jobs in Oz:

1) The Silicon Beach Jobs Board

This is a community-led initiative and is the most specific site for startup jobs in Oz. It has lots of promise but unfortunately doesn’t get updated too much. Often Sydney-centric, there are full-time, part-time and casual opps on offer. Don’t forget to check out the Google Group for jobs posted directly there too.

2) City-specific mailing lists

Many community groups and meetup organisers maintain a mailing list for announcements to their communities. In these (somewhat sporadic) updates, they regularly include new roles. Lean Startup Melbourne, Silicon Beach Drinks and Fishburners are some examples.

3) Accelerators

Accelerators can be the breeding ground of startups that are looking for funding. Startmate, AngelCube and BlueChilli are a few suggestions in Australia to look out for – check out the companies in each batch and ping some of the founders with an intro and your background. When the time is right to scale their team, you’ll have already built a relationship with them. Check out a full list of more incubators and accelerators here.

4) VC firms

Similar to the above, contacting venture capital firms directly and asking if their portfolio companies have any jobs going can be effective. This is also key for senior hires and if you’re thinking about moving countries, since VCs are dealing with the most well-funded tech startups in Australia. Southern Cross, Starfish, Blackbird Ventures and the local angel networks are worth checking out.

5) AngelList

AngelList is the best site to search for startup jobs in the US. It’s also doing nicely in Australia. The key is using the filters to refine your search by location. Even if startups aren’t hiring, here’ll you’ll find a good signal of who’s strong in each city. For instance will deliver you a ranked list in Melbourne.

6) LinkedIn

LinkedIn is still an odd mix in Australia in that you’ll have some solid roles advertised here but it’s not that comprehensive. SEEK is still the leading job board but it’s become very noisy and rather broken in referring amazing talent. Actively search for jobs on  LinkedIn but also follow companies to get their news and openings in your news feed.

7) Offline 

There’s nothing like word of mouth for getting your next job. Here’s a great article on the power of weak ties in your network. But where to start? Check out many of the local events and coworking spaces to get out there and start meeting people. If you’re not yet on the ground, do some research and then start reaching out to people via Twitter and email.

“Jobs that people heard about via personal contacts were best of all. But when people got these word-of-mouth jobs, they most often came via a weak tie.”

8) The Fetch

And, of course, if you want all of the above curated in one weekly email digest, sign up to The Fetch – you can also submit your roles to us via email (contact details.) 🙂

So, where else do you recommend?

Image credit: Kasia Kaczmarek

About our contributor // Kate Kendall is the founder and CEO of The Fetch. She regularly blogs about startup life and helps businesses understand the role of community. Follow her on Twitter via @katekendall

Event Review: Tech Pitch 4.5 in London — February 11, 2013

Event Review: Tech Pitch 4.5 in London


You’re looking at, Eewei Chen of Emotivu, the winner of the first Tech Pitch 4.5 of 2013!

This past Wednesday, startups, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Pinsent Mason’s Auditorium in London for a chance to pitch their ideas and get feedback from an expert panel of judges.


Stefan Bardega of MediaCom began the evening as keynote speaker, discussing the ever-changing worlds of media and digitial technology, and how his company is working to be innovative during this time.

Among the judges were Danvers Baillieu (Privax), Stefan Bardega (MediaCom), Julian Carter (EC1 Capital), William Chappel (Barclays Corporate), Xaver Matt (Netleadz) and Tom Turcan (Runcat Consulting).

After eight three-minute presentations, the judges’ enjoyed Emotivu’s pitch best, though there were only a few points separating the top four companies. Emotivu is geared towards the movie industry, giving movie lovers a new way to communicate and learn about different films. Chen pitched that Emotivu monitors social media, and then users of the app will be able to get a more personalised movie recommendation.


Other companies pitched ideas that monitored time, carbon emission and social media, while others were about communication and collaboration.

The companies to pitch include:

As the winner, Emotivu will attend an investment meeting arranged by EC1 Capital in order to discuss potential investment opportunities, as well as enjoy that lovely bottle of bubbly!

Written by Alexandra Leslie, The Fetch London Community Ambassador. Video blogger for and TechFluff.TV. American student in London, finding her way around the city one iPhone app at a time. Follow her on Twitter at @AlexandraLeslie

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops — July 13, 2012

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops

You may have left school and formal education years ago, but this week London curator, Chloe Nicholls, has put together a list of places that regularly hold short courses, adult training and workshops to ensure you never stop learning. She’s also listed some popular online education and learning websites, so you can learn new skills and, who knows, perhaps you may even become a teacher yourself one day?


General Assembly London

Recently launched in London last month, General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design. You can learn anything from Management Reporting for Entrepreneurs, to Mobile Marketing and Front-End Web Development.


The School of Life

The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering intelligent instruction on how to lead a fulfilled life. They offer classes, workshops and books on topics such as how to find a job you love, a mindfullness one-day workshop and an overnight talk with a Magnum photographer, Martin Parr. 

Got an awesome startup idea but don’t know how to code? Then join one of the tailored classes at Decoded, which is offers a one day workshop teaching anyone to code.  Code from scratch a multi-platform app in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, the languages behind all modern web apps and sites.

Ideas Store

Ideas Store may look just like a library but it’s more than just books! With several locations based around East London, Ideas Store offers free courses, business help and learning opportunities.


InnerSpace is a meditation and personal development centre based in Covent Garden. As Ferris Buller once said, ‘life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Head to InnerSpace and take in some relaxation. Join one of their meditation courses, or even explore some of their talks such as S.T.O.P. the Stress and Anxiety & Fear.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there are also some great sites revolutionising online education and creating a community of students and teachers who are eager to learn new skills and be inspired by new ideas! Check out Chloe’s recommendations below:

Skillshare – Learn anything from anyone, anywhere.

Udemy – Amazing Instructors. Teaching the World.

Khanacademy – Trying to make a world-class education available to anyone, anywhere.

Gidsy – A place where anyone can explore, organize and book unique things to do.

Any we have missed? Tell us in the comments below!

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