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E21 : Charly Lester on Online Dating: Business Or Personals?

The founder of 30datesblog.com and the UK Dating Awards, she’s a regular on BBC Radio 4 and Editor-in-chief of The Guardian’s Soulmates website and Global Head of Dating for Time Out – she knows dating, online and off but I think she knows you and me, and that’s what makes her insights so lucid.

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Recently I got to chat to Charly Lester for the Midland 103 Tech Special, but a chat with Charly is more about life, society and love, than tech.

The founder of 30datesblog.com and the UK Dating Awards, she’s a regular on BBC Radio 4 and Editor-in-chief of The Guardian’s Soulmates website and Global Head of Dating for Time Out – she knows dating, online and off but I think she knows you and me, and that’s what makes her insights so lucid.

The first people I knew that fell in love online were a couple of CompuServe users in the early 1990s – where there was a maelstrom of unmoderated poking, flirting and propositioning across the Atlantuc. CompuServe’s ‘channels’ were the Wild West of dating and thankfully things have matured since then – not only the interface! So in Podcast 21, I asked Charly how she started her blog 30Dates, Tinder’s pricing strategy for older users, the truth about the ‘Hook Up Generation’ and, if you are online looking to connect, her top tips for finding love in the wires.

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Heather Brunner, CEO & Chairwoman, WPEngine

Last year, I met Heather Brunner, CEO of WPEngine in Lisbon. In an interview broadcast on Midlands 103FM we chatted about WPEngine’s investment outside of the US, in the UK and Ireland but in this extended version we talk about a lot more.

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Last year, I met Heather Brunner, CEO of WPEngine in Lisbon. In an interview broadcast on Midlands 103FM we chatted about WPEngine’s investment outside of the US, in the UK and Ireland but in this extended version we talk about a lot more.

What has powered the growth of WPEngine since 2010? What’s life at a tech company in the Silicon Hills of Austin, Texas? How WPEngine’s customer focus is in their DNA and the importance of WordPress in democratising publishing in a new media world.

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition : 2017

The BT Young Scientist is one of the oldest competitions of its type in the world. From Jan 11 – 14, 50,000 people will visit Dublin’s RDS to see the work & experiments of students from the island of Ireland. BTYSE lumni have gone on, like Patrick Collison from Stripe, to found multi-billion dollar companies and to do good, like Emily Duffy with her Duffily Bag. I spoke to teacher Tracey O’Leary from Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, and two of her students, Caoimhe Woods, 14 and Aoibhin Foley, 13, have created an app called Diabetica to help diabetics manage their illness as well as John Sims from Mary Immaculate, Lisddonvarna who’s been bringing students to BTYSE for 28 years, including Jessica Kelly, a 15 old transition student who’s created an app for civic crowd-sourcing, Saoránach.

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The BT Young Scientist is one of the oldest competitions of its type in the world. From Jan 11 – 14, 50,000 people will visit Dublin’s RDS to see the work & experiments of students from the island of Ireland. BTYSE lumni have gone on, like Patrick Collison from Stripe, to found multi-billion dollar companies and to do good, like Emily Duffy with her Duffily Bag. I spoke to teacher Tracey O’Leary from Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, and two of her students, Caoimhe Woods, 14 and Aoibhin Foley, 13, have created an app called Diabetica to help diabetics manage their illness as well as John Sims from Mary Immaculate, Lisddonvarna who’s been bringing students to BTYSE for 28 years, including Jessica Kelly, a 15 old transition student who’s created an app for civic crowd-sourcing, Saoránach.

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Cartoon Forum 2016 in Toulouse, France.

Cartoon Forum is a pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 680 series have found financing, with a total budget of 2.3 billion EUR.

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This year, Cartoon Forum was held in Toulouse, from September 13-16 with 950 participants including producers, broadcasters and investors. 2016 was the inaugural year a special ‘Focus on…’ country, with the selected country being Ireland.

Cartoon Forum is a pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 680 series have found financing, with a total budget of 2.3 billion EUR.

Images by and © Cartoon Media

Interviews:
Annick Maes: Director of Cartoon Forum Director
Paul Young: Animation Ireland & Cartoon Saloon, Ireland.
Eileen Bell: Enterprise Ireland
Deirdre Barry: Salty Dog Pictures, Ireland.
Cliff Parrott: Salty Dog Pictures, Ireland.
Nayoung Cho: Anyzax Animation, South Korea,
Zsuzsana Krief: Director, The Adventures of Candide – Popfilm, Hungary.
Ben Harper: Creative Director, Giant Animation – Creepers, Ireland.
Adrian Mulvey: Producer, Keg Kartoonz, Ireland.

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