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Interview: Brisbane local, entrepreneur Chris Kettle of Hungry Hero — December 3, 2013

Interview: Brisbane local, entrepreneur Chris Kettle of Hungry Hero

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Sarina Quinlan from The Fetch Brisbane recently caught up with Chris Kettle in the UK, where he is about to launch Hungry Hero to the masses.

What do you think of the Brisbane startup scene? 

There are great ideas in Brisbane and around Australia, but what I’ve seen is that people are too scared to try to get the money and then they’re really poor at presenting.

Get on YouTube, check out all the Disrupt, TechCrunch ones, to watch how they present and you can get a really nice pitch out of that. Everything you want is online. Go and get it.

Seth Godin’s Startup School is the best podcast on the planet. It’s free, there’s about 17 episodes and if you aren’t prepared to listen to that, then shut your startup down.

What is your advice for entrepreneurs – especially in Brisbane? 

I’m a big believer in not starting until you’ve got the funding to do it. I started my first business with my credit card, and don’t necessarily recommend that – what’s nice is that you can get your minimum viable product out cheaper than ever.

How did you secure investment? 

I already had an existing business, which has always brought decent cash flow, but for Hungry Hero I wanted to raise funds again to do it properly. Hungry Hero’s a transactional model, which gets users to pay and so again we looked at high network individuals and that’s what we looked for in Brisbane. They’re not going to find you. So I got out there, used my contacts and found an investor and we were able match their funds with Commercialisation Australia. For proof of concept, it’s fifty-fifty funding. Their mandate is to keep jobs in the country. That means if you’re looking at outsourcing to India, like we were in the early days, then they help you to do it in-house. It’s a fantastic program to get funds – although you have to get funds first to be able to match it.

What makes Hungry Hero different? 

There’s lots of similar things with discounts and offers, but what we’ve done is allowed the venue to have complete control. So instead of giving everyone a $10 lunch, they can use it as a filter. Venues have full control to add it to only customers that have been there before, or within a one kilometer radius. It’s sort of like giving the power to the venues to contact customers who are looking for somewhere to go.

How many people are using the app? 

We’ve been into six figures for a while now and if we can get to a million before Christmas in Australia would blast our goal for this year. We’ve seen downloads across the world too. We have a nice little campaign feature on the app that in any city which they download it, they can tweet “Bring HungryHero to our city”, we’ve had people from Vancouver to Singapore, across Europe and Asia tweeting out to get HungryHero in their country. Now we have our version one model working in Australia, next, is how to scale this around the world without having to be there.

What motivated you to develop Hungry Hero? 

The app was born out of the debacle of the group buying space. There was a lot of wrestling to run deals on living, social and Groupon. Businesses are giving up to $50 commission on these offers and it was costing them more than it was making them. There was a lot of false promises there, and it was a case of “how can we make a platform which allowed thousands of restaurants to add deals at any one time, and the restaurant is in full control.” That’s how the idea was born.

How does it work for customers? 

There are a few different types of business models. If it’s and exclusive offer, a customer can simply pay a dollar to secure it. We’re just about to bring out Gold Memberships, which means you can buy a monthly membership that allows to access unlimited offers and exclusive offers. Gold membership will be five dollars a month. We think customers prefer to pay their memberships monthly. It will pay for itself instantly with a 2-for-1 lunch, or a free bottle of wine with dinner.

How many venues can be accessed from the app? 

We have almost 600 venues across six major cities. Most of them are restaurants, but there are also entertainment venues, comedy theaters; it’s all about eating and drinking and going out.

What’s happening now? 

We’re very excited because we’ve just been one of the featured apps for Samsung for the new  Samsung Wallet. When you make a booking or secure a deal, you can add it into your Wallet  so that when you show up at the restaurant you just show them your phone. People want to have all these tickets and coupons easily accessible, and so that will be rolling out to eight million units in Australia.

Tell us more about the Samsung Wallet connection. 

We’re one of the official launch partners. So it’s a link in Samsung wallet, which gives us exposure. There’s some really great opportunities working with Samsung and Apple, and I’d recommend any entrepreneur to be looking for them. That’s why I think we can get to a million users by Christmas. With these opportunities, we’re now looking at overseas markets and taking Hungry Hero to the UK and US.

Why have you decided to visit Germany, UK and the US? 

Even though I’m a big believer that you can run your global business from Brisbane, there’s nothing like having your foot on the ground and seeing how the culture works. Every area is different, with location based deals. In Brisbane, when it’s wet, people don’t go out. Whereas in London when it’s wet, people don’t have a choice. So there’s different cultures and opportunities. So I’m going to go out there, put the feelers out, and see if we can build on the relationships we’ve got already.

About our contributor // Sarina Quinlan is a marketing consultant and the curator of The Fetch in Brisbane. Follow her on Twitter via @digitalsarina.

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

8 places to find a startup job in Australia

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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 https://angel.co/melbourne 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

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.

And don’t forget to sign-up to The Fetch to get the above curated into one weekly email digest.

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

Job: Content Manager/Editor, The Fetch, New York — June 7, 2013

Job: Content Manager/Editor, The Fetch, New York

photoThe Fetch is a global media tech startup that recently relocated its HQ to NY. The Fetch focuses on solving professional event discovery – its beta is a much-loved weekly email digest. Originating out of Melbourne, Australia, the site now covers leading cities such as NYC, San Francisco, London, Berlin and Sydney with Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore and others on the waiting list.

We’re looking for a New York-based editor and content manager to come work with us!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a professional writer/editor/content strategist/blogger/curator to lead and own content at a meaningful startup. 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • A global citizen plugged into trends, capable of curating the zeitgeist
  • Works quickly – balancing the line between perfection and getting stuff done
  • Knows why sites like Medium, Svbtle, Brain Pickings, Fast Company, Quibb, Clarity and Buffer rock
  • Is social media and tech-literate (you’ll know WordPress like the back of your hand as well as basic HTML)
  • Has read and eaten The Elements of Style for breakfast
  • Has amazing ambient awareness and a high emotional IQ (you’re committed, responsible and mature)
  • Is self-sufficient (introverts welcome!) with an insane ability to focus
  • Has OMG-worthy organisation and administrative skills
  • Says “I’m on it” and “can do” frequently (you love helping people)
  • Has the ability to speak their mind and hold their own (especially when being pulled in multiple directions)
  • Can work flexible (smart rather than long) hours – especially Sundays

Stuff you’ll be responsible for:

  • Engagement metrics (the meaningful kind) on our content, and increasing these month/month
  • Creating high-quality and shareable content that doesn’t add to the noise
  • Managing and sub-editing content posted on our ever-growing blog
  • Editing of the weekly Fetches according to in-house style and guidelines
  • Coming up with and executing kick-ass content calendars
  • Liaising and assisting our network of brilliant curators
  • Writing guest posts for other sites
  • Marketing and seeding of content
  • Sharing and scheduling of social media updates
  • Being a responsive and communicative email ninja
  • Assisting the founder

You’ll get:

  • A competitive salary relevant to your experience plus equity in the company once full time
  • To be a part of a team obsessed with great culture, community, cities and changing how people work
  • To build an even-more amazing content portfolio, professional network and solid profile
  • To attend all the events you could ever want
  • Training and mentorship from some of the industry’s best content, social media and community players
  • Flexible work location (work from our HQ, home, a coworking space or while you travel)
  • Once a week lunches and walking meetings in Central Park
  • The opportunity to connect with inspirational people around the globe

This paid position involves a three-month part-time contract (let’s ‘date’ first!) before moving full time. 

Please email jobs@thefetch.com as soon as you can including the following:

  • Links to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blog profiles; Examples of your writing and editing, how you would seed a piece of content and three example headlines of content you would publish on The Fetch. Why you want to work at The Fetch; Current location and availability; and your brief story so far. We don’t want or need your resume.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they come in and we’re looking for an immediate start.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

~ Kate // Team Fetch

To discover more jobs at The Fetch and other like-minded companies in your city, subscribe to The Fetch weekly email digests now!

Interview: Sydney local, Tim Fung — November 10, 2012

Interview: Sydney local, Tim Fung

This week, Delphine Vuagnoux chats with Tim Fung, the founder and CEO of Airtasker, a start-up dedicated to making your life much easier.

Name: Tim Fung
Website: www.airtasker.com
Twitter: @Airtasker, @AirtaskerSYD,

Airtasker looks to be the ideal solution when you’re too busy to juggle chores. Can you tell us more about it?

The idea came to me about one and half year ago: I was just moving houses and I was overwhelmed with assembling Ikea furniture and packing and unpacking dozens of boxes. It took me weeks to be ready to move and well settled down. I didn’t want a professional service but rather an extra help. I realised that there were hundreds in my situation who could use some extra-help. So I decided to meet this need by creating Airtasker (with co-founder Jonathan Lui). We launched last February and since then, more than 35, 000 people have joined Airtasker community.

Airtasker is an online and mobile marketplace that connects people seeking to outsource everyday tasks and errands with reliable people who can complete those tasks, aka the runners. After a first starting in Sydney, Airtasker communities are now present in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve had to face work-wise?

Reliability. We are an open platform: anyone can join and offer one’s services. Trust is crucial to ensure the quality of the service and to provide the best customer experience possible. So far, runners created a profile and they were reviewed by the client  once the job completed. We realised that we needed to improve the quality of service our platform provides for our users. Which means being able to screen more in-depth all runners.  Our question was: how could we grant them a PRO status without spending an incredible amount of time or money?  We met another startup, RecruitLoop through the Sydney startup community last August and together, we have partnered to create AirtaskerPRO program, that recognises the status and reliability of some runners by giving them a badge, after screening them thoroughly.

Any new plans before the end of 2012 that you’d like to share?

We just launched a Business version. We realised that that 50% of tasks posted are for small businesses. They’re looking for people to do small tasks, from data entry,  to hand out promotional flyers or complete mystery shopping projects. Others include letterbox drops, office administration or call centre tasks.  As being in a mobile market, it seemed obvious to develop our App, available on the App Store since a couple of weeks to all our Droid users, we’re almost there!

Who do you think is doing cool stuff in our industries? In terms of collaborative consumption?

Personally, I really like Airbnb…It’s a community marketplace for unique spaces. The idea is to connect people looking for a house tree or a flat or a room and people looking for renting these spaces…all around the world. Three years ago, no one knew them and now they have a huge community behind them.

I think people are more and more comfortable with all the resources available around us: there are plenty of information and data; people come in a community market, a platform and a transaction occurs which provides more data… Once it becomes viral, success is ensured. It may take a long time but every transaction makes the system stronger and more powerful.

And collaborative work?
I believe in collaborative work, in partnership that benefits both parties like what we did for AirtaskerPRO. I think that startups can help each other grow, by staying connected in the community. For example, our office is a part of Tank Stream Labs, a co-working and entrepreneur community located in the heart of Sydney CBD. And it’s absolutely great to be in such an inspiring work environment!

What is the most funny or weird task published ever?
Clients asking for runners to queue for the iPhone 5 release. The bids were from $50 up to $250. That shows that in a community marketplace, there is no limit to imagination!

What advice would you give to a young entrepreneur just starting off?

Something easy to say but not easy to do: to think from all angles. To be the bigger picture guy, to make things happen, you need to think through all the little chunks, end to end.

From my personal experience, I’d also add: relax two days at week. During the six first months following the launch of Airtasker, I breathed Airtasker, talked Airtasker, ate Airtasker. I was so focused on the work that I couldn’t do anything else. You may think being so committed to your work is an advantage but actually not at all. You are so stuck to your work that you can’t learn any new things. You can’t have any new ideas. So take the time to relax!!!  Oh and stop looking at the numbers every two hours… doing it on a daily basis works much better.

About our ambassador // Delphine Vuagnoux is a community ambassador for Sydney. She is passionate about innovation and social change and a communications manager at All Together Now. You can find her on Twitter here: @delphinevuagnou.

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