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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


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 and the curator of The Fetch London.

Image Credit: Helena Carrington

Featured job: UK Marketing Manager, 99designs — December 25, 2012

Featured job: UK Marketing Manager, 99designs

We have an exciting new role here on The Fetch blog. It’s for a UK Marketing Manager for Aussie-founded design-marketplace 99designs. The role is full time and based in London, England with some travel to Berlin (lucky)!. More information is included below –>


Call the shots and control creative dialogue. 99designs wants you to be one of their marketing geniuses behind the world’s largest and fastest growing online graphic design marketplace.

Today they’re a very successful startup… tomorrow they’ll be the household name for small businesses seeking design, and they want you to be at the forefront of that. If you want to help build an amazing UK community, make a difference to thousands of designers all over the globe and help a rapidly growing startup grow its UK presence, then this is your chance.

The UK Marketing Manager role at screams out for your expertise in bringing the UK community together, globally; using your inner skills and expertise to engage customers and drive sales; evolve a fast-growing startup into a well-known brand; and generally rock the “marketing guru” cap.


  • UK native based in London and with willingness to travel regularly to Berlin European headquarters
  • At least three years’ experience in an internet business, startup or agency environment
  • Proven background in marketing or communications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and manage time in a consistent manner
  • Established UK network, particularly in the startup and/or agency arenas


  • Initiate and execute marketing campaigns, affiliate relationships and strategic partnerships to drive sales of 99designs’ contests in the UK
  • Own sales targets and projections for the UK market. Meet and exceed monthly sales goals and revenue targets across SME marketplace
  • Grow 99designs’ brand awareness among the UK startup, technology, and agency communities through a combination of public relations, networking, sponsorship and other activities
  • Partner with marketing, product and development teams to ensure and all marketing collateral are properly localized and optimized for the UK market
  • Coordinate and execute public relations and social media campaigns in the UK
  • Identify and execute sponsorship and tradeshow opportunities within the UK
  • Represent the brand in a speaking function within the UK

Backed by Accel Partners (investors in Facebook, Groupon, Dropbox), 99designs is the world’s largest online graphic design market place. Since its launch in 2008, 99designs has hosted more than 180,000 design contests for solo entrepreneurs, startups, established companies and not-for-profit organizations in virtually every industry out there. They’ve paid out more than $44,000,000 to a community of 190,000+ designers in just over four years.

With offices in both San Francisco, Berlin and Melbourne, Australia, they are a rapidly growing team with a culture for encouraging passionate people to be fun and creative. Everyone has a voice and everyone shapes our future. 99designs employees enjoy many benefits, including a great working environment, an active social club and an extensive health, dental, vision and annual leave package.

If this sounds like you, they want to know you! Visit or apply through LinkedIn.

News: The School of Life launches in Australia — December 9, 2012

News: The School of Life launches in Australia

This week, we got some questions to Sara Tiefenbrun – the new project director at The School of Life in Melbourne. I’ve followed The School of Life closely before and since its original launch in the UK, having attended a few classes in the Marchmont Street store. So was very excited to hear of its official launch in Australia after rumours emerged mid-2011.


The School of Life storefront in London

For those that aren’t quite familiar with the concept, what is The School of Life and how is it different from other event or learning providers?

The School of Life began in London in 2008, founded by the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton and others. Since then it has become a brand that is associated with some of the most interesting and groundbreaking thinkers of our age. We offer classes, tours, workshops and events designed to provoke and tickle the mind. Underneath it all is the exploration of how to live wisely and well.

The School of Life helps people to address some of life’s biggest challenges: How do you balance work with life? How do you stay calm in our digital age? How Necessary is a Relationship? Can love last a lifetime? The experiences equip people with ideas that help them to ask better questions, without necessarily providing all of the answers.

Because the classes are generally in bitesize chunks, they fit with a modern hectic lifestyle. We aren’t promising that one three hour class will resolve the biggest challenges in your life, but it will give you food for thought. And you might meet some interesting people along the way. Part of the appeal for many people is the sense of meeting a community of like-minded people – people who want to make the most out of their lives.

I think beyond that there’s warmth and wit in what The School of Life offers that sets it apart from other event or learning providers – it doesn’t take itself too seriously.


How did you discover The School of Life and what’s been your personal journey to date?

I learnt about The School of Life whilst in Melbourne when friends in London told me all about amazing experiences that they were having at events and weekends away. I had spent a decade in London working in documentary making as a director. At times I struggled with being single whilst many friends settled down and started families. It felt a bit like I’d stayed on at a party too long and everyone else had gone home. But there didn’t seem to be much guidance about how to tackle this portion of my life. If The School of Life had been up and running at the time it would have been a fantastic place to explore some of the challenges that I was facing in an intelligent and worthwhile way.

What role will Small Giants be playing in The School of Life Australia?

Small Giants is a joint partner in this venture with The School of Life UK. It’s a great association between two very strongly aligned businesses, particularly given the Small Giants family of companies includes Dumbo Feather whose mission is to inspire people to live with passion and purpose. Working together with the School of Life in the UK, Small Giants is managing the operational and strategic execution of the School of Life in Australia.

Why Collingwood?

The site is in the heart of Collingwood, which is a vibrant and incredibly exciting location for our very first term. As a launch location we couldn’t be happier!

Will be seeing a storefront similar to Marchmont Street in London?

Yes, plans are still falling in to place, but we intend to have a store front similar to Marchmont Street, selling curated objects and meaningful literature, including The School of Life books and more. This being Melbourne, we are also launching a café with excellent coffee on site.

What kind of event series and speakers will be kicking it off in the New Year?

Our program will be announced mid-December. We have started selling tickets to a week-long Intensive in February and the early bird tickets are almost gone. It’s led by Gaylene Gould, who is a key member of the UK Faculty with several local guest speakers. A key part of our offering will be The School of Life classes which have been devised and fine tuned over the last four years. These include: How to be creative, How necessary is a relationship? How to fill the god-shaped hole, How to stay calm, How to Face Death and more. These classes are going to be taught by the very best local facilitators. Other names involved will include creativity experts Jeff and Julie Crabtree (a husband and wife, musician and psychologist partnership), illustrator Matthew Johnstone (author of Quiet the Mind and Alphabet of the Human Heart), the British writer Oliver Burkeman (author of The Antidote – Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking), cartoonist Oslo Davis of The Age and Melbhattan and Melbourne based philosopher Damon Young author of Philosophy in the Garden and Distraction. Stay tuned for more information on some larger special events.

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Interview: Melbourne local, Ben Cartland — September 17, 2012

Interview: Melbourne local, Ben Cartland

This interview is by our new Melbourne ambassador Deb Itzkowic aka @debitz.

Name: Ben Cartland
Twitter: @bencartland

Introducing Ben…

Ben is not your ordinary recruiter. Originally hailing from the UK, he has over 10 years experience working in the ever-growing sector of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Now based in Melbourne, Ben is working with pb Human Capital in this emerging sector in Australia. Ben’s role is to be across the movers and shakers in the Australian sustainability and CSR sector, to connect the dots and find talented people that can influence change. He explains that what leading companies are looking for today in the area of CSR are environmentally minded strategic thinkers, people who can influence how companies are run from the inside.

So what exactly is ‘sustainability’ and CSR?

CSR and ‘sustainability’ are interchangeable terms that describe a company’s commitment to operate using ethical and sustainable business practices. Ben explains that embracing sustainability provides companies with an opportunity to operate commercially viable businesses and at the same time be responsible global citizens.

Why are companies embracing CSR today?

The drivers for companies embracing sustainability and CSR are threefold. Firstly, there is the obvious compliance ‘stick’, for example the introduction of the carbon trading scheme which legislates standards that companies must meet in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Secondly, there is the ‘carrot’, being commercial success, for example increased profit due to reduced energy usage or other intangible outcomes such as staff retention or brand awareness. Finally, there is consumer demand for companies to embrace these changes, which in Ben’s experience is not as pressing in Australia as overseas.

What is happening in the Australian sustainability market?

Ben explains that while this sector has been up and running overseas, especially in Europe and America, Australia is just now beginning to catch up.
Although social and environmental risk management has always been on the agenda, leading companies today are embracing corporate social responsibility in a whole new way and incorporating these ideas, such as sustainability, into their core business.

Ben cites Telstra’s digital inclusion program (ensuring that rural and remote communities have access to the internet) as one example of a strategy that assists local communities while at the same time provides Telstra with valuable commercial outcomes (such as brand awareness).

How can I become involved in the CSR sector?

Ben recommends degrees in environmental science and business strategy are a good place to start. An alternative route is to work within the organisation you are already a part of to influence how it operates for example, by recycling office paper and reducing carbon emissions, to giving employees opportunities to contribute to the community, to ensuring that your company implements an ethical supply chain.

Tell us about your commitment to carbon neutral travel…

Ben doesn’t just talk the talk, he also does his bit to reduce carbon emissions by riding the streets of Melbourne to and from work each day. I asked him what is his favourite bike accessory? The resounding answer is: ‘lights – great for vision at night’.

Interview: UK Local, Thom Chambers — February 28, 2012

Interview: UK Local, Thom Chambers

Kate Kendall interviews Thom Chambers – a writer, micropublisher, explorer and founder at Mountain & Pacific.

Congratulations on the launch of Mountain & Pacific, what is micropublishing to you and what magazines do you create?

As the word suggests, micropublishing takes traditional publishing and shrinks it.

Mountain & Pacific is a micropublishing house – it designs and makes and promotes and sells publications, just as a normal publishing house would do. The only difference is the size – all those things are done by me alone.

With a computer, you can now be your own publishing house. You can commission work from yourself, you can ship it to the world, and you can build a business around it – all on a personal level.

In essence, micropublishing combines the intimacy of blogging with the professional approach of a traditional publisher.

At Mountain & Pacific, I make a couple of online magazines – they’re my primary publications.

In Treehouses inspires freedom businesses. It’s for those who want freedom to work on projects that matter to them, on their own schedule, from anywhere in the world.

The Micropublisher, meanwhile, shows readers how to make a living with words by being your own publishing house. It’s for those who want to take on the ideas of micropublishing for themselves.

How did you get to where you are today – what was your background before the ‘tree change’?

Before all this, I studied English at the University of Exeter and at UCSB, then did a Masters degree in Management at the University of Edinburgh. I’m fortunate enough to be able to combine the two aspects – writing and business – in my daily work, which is great.

I started In Treehouses in the summer of 2010, at which point I was working in my first job post-university. I was a marketing executive – later marketing manager – at a small marketing and design agency in Cheltenham, England.

After 10 months of working on both the day job and the magazine, I made the jump to working for myself full time.

You’re a one-person shop – what’s your view on team size and the ability to get things done?

This comes down to a distinction that’s become very blurred in recent years: the difference between the artisan and the accountant.

Before the internet made it easy to start a business as an individual with minimal overhead, things were more clear cut. Artists went to workshops and sought out patrons and publishers. Entrepreneurs started businesses and went to networking events.

Now, artists can build an audience online by starting a one-person business. And entrepreneurs can take the risk of funding out of the equation by doing the same. They’re vastly different approaches, but have started to look the same from the outside.

Now that it’s hard to tell at a glance whether an individual is approaching things out of love for their craft (the artisan) or out of trying to grow their business (the accountant), they’ve started to be lumped together online. The artisans read the same blogs as the accountants. They start worrying about conversion and click-throughs and building their business more than their art.

So I’ve had to become clear on this myself. I fall on the side of the artisan. Essentially I am an individual writer, just like all those writers who’ve been around for centuries. I’m not a CEO or a managing director. I won’t be building a team in a hurry.

I just apply a bit of the accountant’s attitude so that I can make a living as an artisan in this new world.

When readers are overwhelmed and their attentions gone, how does one stand out in publishing?

This is a great question, and it’s one that’s going to become critical in the coming years.

Publishing houses are, amongst many other things, curators. If they publish something, it’s got a stamp of approval that gives a reader confidence.

But now that self-publishing is a legitimate destination in its own right – not just a backwater for the desperate and delusional – how do readers know where to look? Amid all the writers rejoicing that they can publish to millions, very few people are considering the reader.

One of the aims of a micropublishing house is to improve the quality of the work you produce. As I said before, micropublishing combines the intimacy of blogging with the professional approach of a traditional publisher.

When you set your own high standards, readers come to trust you. It’ll take time, and it won’t be easy, but that’s all you can do – establish trust and earn permission and build your small tribe of dedicated readers by publishing exceptional work.

Who do you think is doing amazing stuff at the moment in our industries?

There are plenty. Leo Babauta‘s blogs make for inspiring reading, while the likes of Joe Konrath and Joanna Penn are constantly proving their passion for self-publishing.

My honest recommendation to anyone, though, is to spend as much time as you can afford going back through the posts on Seth Godin‘s blog. It’s all there, all the answers you need. Everyone else is just playing catch-up.

What’s next and how can we connect with you?

My work this year is centred around In Treehouses and The Micropublisher. Between them, I’m publishing 20 magazines this year. It’s a full old schedule.

The best place to connect with me is on Mountain & Pacific, where I publish the magazines. There’s also a blog that shows what’s going on behind the scenes.

I’m also on Twitter and Google+. There’s a Facebook page, too.

And, of course, you can always email me on

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