Getting started in London

For the past 6 weeks I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in London. My business officially existed on February 15th and I found myself flying over to work with an agency called More. I’ve been coming over most weeks to work a few days with them on a mix of current clients, new business and their agency approach and processes. I did a quick project for Razorfish.

I’ve had inspiring chats with Mark Sng of Saint, Simon Law of Fabric, Martin Bailie of Glue, Jonathan Trimble of 18 Feet and Rising, Trevor Cook of TDA, Olivier Legris of Grand Union, Mike Laurie of Made by Many, Kasia Zaniewska a freelance planner, Ben Milligan and Will Hodge of Karmarama, and Phil Adams of Blonde. They’ve suggested people to contact for the book, other books I should read, and valuable feedback on where we’re taking the survey this year (will write more on that soon.)

I spent 3 days in Ascot as a mentor at IMM (International Media Management Training) where I met Nick Vale of Maxus who is absolutely brilliant and told me about a couple of books I quickly added to my reading list: Space Race and Rigorous Magic.

I’ve met two bright young things who you should hire immediately. If you’re in need of a junior planner in London, have a chat with Jasiek Gajda. If you need a project manager, send me a message or leave your contact info in the comments and I’ll point someone smart in your direction. (They are currently working somewhere else and looking to make a move.)

I’ve been staying in the lovely neighborhood called Primrose Hill and though I haven’t run into Gwyneth Paltrow, I have seen some of the beauty this town often tries to hide while keeping you underground for hours.

I’m going to be in London another few weeks, so if we only know each other via twitter or linked in it would be lovely to meet.

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