Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012.

A belated New Year post to try to summarise a busy 2011 and outline an exciting 2012.

Last year was a real transitional year for me, changing job & city – both were tough decisions and not without consequence (just ask my long suffering girlfriend!).

A brief list of personal highlights from 2011:


Another year for me to wince at my carbon footprint as I was lucky enough to visit:

  • New York – My first trip to the Big Apple with my buddy Sam – March
  • Turkey – A relaxing (all-inclusive) break with my girlfriend just outside Altinkum – June
  • Bulgaria – Another football tour with pristine pitches and Bulgarian football legends – July
  • Prague – A short break in this beautiful city with my girlfriend – November


It was always going to be difficult to top 2010 and a visit to Miami for the WMC, instead I went to a few club nights in London:

  • Erick Morillo at Pulse (a showman as always, Morillo was jumping round the box all night, just a shame about the huge queues to get in)
  • Toolroom Knights at Ministry of Sound (Mark Knight & Umek were fantastic)
  • Toolroom Knights 5th Birthday at the O2 Academy Brixton (brilliant night with some great live PA’s – especially The Man with the Red Face saxophonist)


Towards the backend of 2011 I made the decision to leave OuterArc, the Nottingham-based startup I’d been at since Jan 2009 (after university). It was a difficult call, I learned a hell of a lot and enjoyed every minute of it but I felt it was time to move on.

Given that a few of my friends had just started jobs down in London I gave up a place I loved in Nottingham and moved home with my parents while I sought my next move.

After a couple of weeks I saw a job post for an intern at a startup called PeerIndex, looking at social media marketing and word of mouth advocacy. To cut a long story short the opportunity was perfect and I was offered the chance to join.

Fast forward two months to the start of 2012 – I’m loving it and look forward to an exciting year ahead having accepted a full time role.

Outside of day to day work, I also became involved with updating the platform [to launch in 2012], something close to my heart after visiting the Sierra Leone project in 2010.


Other random things: I enjoyed starting the Nott Cast podcast with my friend Ollie, contributing to the 3six5 project (my post is here) and catching Joe Rogan in Birmingham.

2011: In the news

Where to start: the Arab Spring, the Royal Wedding, the UK riots, the Giggs super injunction twitter fiasco, Steve Jobs passing away, the eurozone crisis – the list goes on.

2012: Looking ahead

I’m looking forward to a busy (but enjoyable!) year at PeerIndex, moving to London in early February, getting the new platform out there, the Olympics (of course), Euro 2012 (please no more penalty shootouts).

Music: Going to Tomorrowland (Belgium), trying to catch Joris Voorn & Sharam

Travel: Canada (to see my friend Simon) and possibly Thailand (if my girlfriend has her way!).

Thanks to all those that helped me last year and I look forward to catching up with friends, old & new in the coming 12 months.