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Hello Sarina – our new Brisbane curator — July 16, 2013

Hello Sarina – our new Brisbane curator


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 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.

Connect with our new BNE fetcher via @digitalsarina, @thefetchBNE, LinkedIn and

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Hello Lani – our Brisbane fetcher — November 1, 2011

Hello Lani – our Brisbane fetcher

We’re going north! Yes, this time to sunny Brisbane or Brisvegas (if the term applies). *With the Brisbane fetch, we’re also going to showcase what’s happening in the Gold Coast and the broader QLDs region to make the most of what’s on offer.

Follow our growth into Sydney, we thought the natural thing to do would be to keep going and continuing to share the goodness. I’m especially pleased as Lani Pauli, someone who I’ve admired and listened to online for some years is going to lead the city as curator. Lani will be sharing the best events, meetups, community news, jobs and more in each fortnight’s fetch. You can submit items to her via email here and don’t forget to subscribe on so it gets delivered straight to your box. Our first green-themed fetch will be sent in mid-November. As part of Lani’s welcome, we put a few questions to her below!

Lovely Lani

How did you end up where you are today?

I studied journalism and PR at university with the belief I’d be a hard-hitting journo but soon discovered I enjoyed PR more and set off to Sydney to make my name. I stayed in Sydney until 2008 before moving back to Brisbane. I’ve always been a bit of a geek and I found with the emergence of “everything digital” it was where I was naturally gravitating. I took the step away from PR in 2011 and now work with The Brio Group. I’m still not sure exactly how I ended up here but I can tell you I love the “mish-mash” my career and interests entail: editor, content strategist, digital strategist, curator and more.

What makes you tick? What makes you ick?

The way our digital lives and analogue (offline) lives are integrating into one. Food (cooking, eating, shopping for, reading about nutrition), travel, coffee, movies and books are probably the other biggest ‘ticks’ in my life. My icks would have to be rude people, negativity and wastefulness.

Why do you love ‘fetchin?

I love the way we can bring together tailored pockets of information about cities, events, fashion, art – really any topic of interest to an individual or group.

What things excite you about our community right now?

Brisbane is still teetering on the edge of its potential. As a city we’ve grown up a lot and we’re working on making our mark but we’re still not quite there. I’m excited by the potential we have as a community to show that Brisbane has the digital goods.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

There’s plenty I love about Brisbane from the State Library to little community pockets like Bulimba, Paddington and West End. Mostly, I live the “vibe” here. It’s relaxed, friendly but open to opportunity. There’s a chance to make your mark here.

Where can we find you in Brisbane?

You’ll find me trying many of the cafes here as I’m (very) slowly working my way through a list of Brisbane’s Best Breakfasts, seeing a movie at The Barrack’s Palace Cinemas or at various events.

How can we connect with you?

You can tweet me, email me and check out my blog. Follow @thefetchbris and ‘like’ us on Facebook to keep up with what’s happening in Brisbane. Please reach out and introduce yourself, I’d like to meet you in person at a local upcoming event.

Hello Hannah – our Sydney fetcher — September 21, 2011

Hello Hannah – our Sydney fetcher

After our recent callout for a Sydney curator, we were lucky enough to find the amazing and super-social Hannah DeMilta. Hannah will be sharing the best events, meetups, community news, jobs and more in each fortnight’s fetch. You can submit items to her via email here and don’t forget to subscribe on Our next pink-themed fetch will be sent on 26 September. We welcome her to fetch land with some questions!

How did you end up where you are today?

I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio but fell in love with Australia and knew I had to come live here. I was working for a startup after graduation, then landed my current job with Switched on Media on Twitter and moved to Sydney. Now I get to work and play in this lovely city. I love soaking up everything Sydney has to offer.

What makes you tick? What makes you ick?

People make tick. I’m driven by relationships and helping others. Other ‘tick tocks’ include travel, tennis, tweeting, good eats and drinks with friends. My ick is rude people and black olives. I love so many different flavours, but those olives are yucky. And rude people, they’re yucky too.

Why do you love fetchin’?

I love fetchin because it’s all about connecting others and getting people together. Business, creative and digital events aren’t meant to be work, they’re meant to be fun. If that hasn’t been your experience, you’re hanging out at the wrong events my friend.

What things excite you about our community right now?

I get really excited about some of the arts and creative focused communities in Sydney. While I work in digital and I’m constantly learning in that field, it’s the events with a creative slant that help inspire me. In fact, if you’re headed to an interesting arts related event, please invite me along.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

I love that Sydney is a huge city with so much to do, but can still feel small and connected. Everyone here is somehow seems tied to one another and it’s not uncommon to run into a friend down at the pub.

Where can we find you in Sydney?

You can find me having brunch in Surry Hills, enjoying a flat white.

How can we connect with you?

You can tweet meemail mecheck out my blog. Follow @thefetchsyd and ‘like’ us on Facebook to keep up with what’s happening in Sydney. Please reach out and introduce yourself, I’d like to meet you in person at a local upcoming event.

Get a taste of The Fetch Sydney via our launch issue!

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