It’s easy to say that we want to be more productive but what does that actually mean in the real-world? How can we build our businesses, finish those side projects and challenge ourselves to get more done?
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I’ll share my extraordinary start-up journey from quitting my dream job at MTV, sinking my life savings into co-founding my first creative business in Australia to exit and then launching a further improved offering here in the UK. Giving a very honest account of the 10 invaluable lessons I’ve learnt along the way that have helped make The Dots a lovemark for its users.
Named as one of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs Pip Jamieson is the Founder of The Dots. Best described as a ‘LinkedIn for creatives’, The Dots is a creative networking platform designed to help creatives showcase work, network, collaborate and (most importantly) connect with opportunities. An entrepreneur with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip has spent the last 13 years immersed in the creative industries, including executive roles at MTV Australia and New Zealand. Pip lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London.
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things is often the only way to progress. This can be made easier when it happens as part of a large company or project - but how do you do this when working for yourself? How and why do you challenge yourself to grow when it really is a choice? This is an important question for anyone who freelances, works for themselves or is dreaming of their own startup.
Called an “Internet veteran” by TechCrunch, Doug has been designing, building and operating Internet applications for over 20 years. Doug is a founder and director of Isotoma, an application development agency based in the North.
I want to share the story of how we took our agency from 2 guys knowing nothing about the agency world, to 12 people working with some of the world’s best brands and most exciting startups. A key thing for us content marketing, around 50,000 retailers read our agency blog every month. I’ll split this story in to 3 points (high level but with practical advice)… 1) How to go niche. 2) How we built an audience with content. 3) How to hire the right people.
Alex is a co-founder at WeMakeWebsites, an ecommerce agency specialising in Shopify, notable clients include Condor Cycles, Costa Coffee and The Economist Group. He is an international speaker on the topic of ecommerce and has spoken at Google, Digital Shoreditch and teaches the ecommerce course at General Assembly. Alex advises award-winning startups and household name brands, his speaking style has been described as “clear and engaging” and “refreshingly open”.
The Making Progress episode is interesting to me because my company has been trying to do that with hiring; we’re pushing the industry on from the old-boys network and tired ideas of “cultural fit”.
Matthew Bloch is the co-founder of Bytemark Hosting, a mighty 13-year old hosting company with thousands of customers and its own data centre in York. He’s the designer of its cloud hosting system, the company’s Managing Director and is working to in reform hiring practice in the technology industry.
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