Hello, and welcome to My Happy Place.
I blog about film, comics, life, London, work, mobile, technology…
…and generally anything else that takes my fancy.
While you’re here though, you may as well spend some time learning more about who I am and what I do. But, before we go any further, it’s important to understand that any thoughts and opinions published online are my own, and have never (and will never) reflect those of my employer(s) and/or clients.
Glad that’s out of the way, right then -
Today I am:
- Senior Associate Director at Social@Ogilvy
- Founder of The Mobile Geeks of London meetup group
- Co-founder of The Really Mobile Project, an online mobile review show
- One half of weekly podcast, The Voicemail
- An alumni of The Marketing Academy (and steering committee member)
- One of Josh Russell’s Hidden People
- One third of the mobile web-based Twitter service, Dabr
Outside of that, this page is hugely outdated and the below is from around 2010 backwards. My 1000heads years, speaking appearances, experience etc.. all need to be added and will be in due time.
Thanks for stopping by -
Some History :
I used to spend my days working as Head of Digital & Social Media for the world’s leading voice-to-text company, SpinVox. Part of that role meant that as well as keeping the digital world up to date on all things voice related, I also authored and edited the SpinVox corporate blog, ‘Big Talk‘.
However, in the summer of 2009, I been represented Lucozade as their Social Media Reporter throughout the Lucozade Energy Challenges. No small task in itself, I was tasked with creating content for their website from June through September. Not a bad way to spend the Summer at all.
During my time at SpinVox however, I was able to work on some great projects including helping to develop the concept for the ‘Social Networks through SpinVox’ service, which was a finalist at the 2007 Media Guardian Awards, as well as facilitating SpinVox’s integration with Ping.fm.
Prior to that, I was Customer Champion and one of the founding members of Mippin (formerly Refresh Mobile). While there, I helped to secure the prestigious ‘Nokia Pro Developer of the Year’ award for Refresh in 2006.
Outside of my day job you could say I’m a bit of a Mobile fiend. In 2008/09 I was one of the lead contributors to The Mobile Industry Review show and site which, at its peak, reached over 250,000 viewers. More recently though, my mobile efforts have been concentrated on my latest venture – The Really Mobile Project, a mobile-focused online video show and website.
On that note, if you’re interested in Mobile too, you might want to join The Mobile Geeks of London networking group. Originally created for those working or living in London just over 2 years ago, the ‘MGoL‘ has grown to include members all over the world. You can join the Facebook group to receive updates of our meet ups or simply stay tuned to this blog to find out when the next event will be taking place.
What else? I’m also a keen studier of Social Object theory and as such, am a frequent speaker at conferences and events. This has included compèring and taking part in Carsonified’s Future of Mobile conference, speaking to the London Technology Network at Next Generation Web, and a keynote speech at Nokia OpenLab in Helsinki.
I’ve done a fair few podcasts in my time, and was invited onto BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ to talk about the business applications of blogging in early 2008, and again onto BBC Radio 5 for their ‘Pods and Blogs’ show late last year. More recently, I featured on BBC1’s Six O’clock News as a mobile expert, discussing consumers’ use of mobile applications.
Last year (2009) saw me become an official advisor to Dabr, a third party mobile web interface to Twitter, which was created after David Carrington picked up on comments I’d made about another service that just wasn’t up to scratch.
My office is in Piccadilly. I live in Maida Vale.
My name is James Whatley and thank you for dropping by.
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