// About //
The Fetch started as a side-project in Melbourne, Australia in March 2011. Since then it's expanded into a community-led initiative around the globe, covering what's happening in cities like New York, Sydney, San Francisco and London.
The current format is a weekly newsletter of curated links covering what events are on across the business, tech and creative industries. Then there's interesting reads, jobs and offers. Here's our last email aka 'fetch' in New York as an example.
Tens of thousands of people are subscribed to the newsletter and they all heard about it through referrals from their friends and colleagues – who constantly say they love it and highly recommend it!
Over the past couple of months, we've spent time off publishing the digests to imagine what the future of The Fetch could look like. Many of you have messaged us daily asking what happened and that you're missing us. The thing is though, it takes a lot of time to curate high-quality content and the current process as it stands is too manual and labour-intensive for myself and the curators to be sustainable.
The good news is that we want to see The Fetch's vision realised as soon as possible! And we can do this by creating an awesome new community product.
// Your Help //
We're asking for your help in getting to our next steps. If you want to see The Fetch exist and grow – this is your one and only chance!
Our goals include: building the web app (which will be mobile-optimised), opening up The Fetch platform to more cities, enabling better event categories and covering more verticals, as well as the usual nifty features (like synching with your calendar and customisation of verticals/notifications).
We'll launch better event categories that you can customise to your own interested and job function!
We have had requests to take The Fetch to 66 more cities. We'll open up the platform to 30 cities in total, so you can enjoy the resource locally.
// Why //
The reason why The Fetch exists is that there is no other curated city event guide that focus on professional events in one place. You can forever find great insights into lifestyle events but 'career geeks' don't have many options – especially across industry vertical.
We also noticed that real connection comes from bonding offline. Sure, social media and the likes can help you discover new people but there's nothing like being face-to-face with someone, in the moment.
// Love //
One of the absolute best things about The Fetch is the internal community of ambassadors and curators who have given their time of the years to share the events in their local region. This has also shown, that given the right tools, The Fetch would thrive as less-centralised community where everyone could use the platform as they wished.
Thank you so much for your support! :)
Risks and challenges
To build the platform may take some months. If successful, we will relaunch The Fetch Global email newsletters in the interim.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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