About Sam Michel
Inquisitive. Hopeful. Jovial. Cantankerous. Digital marketer. Event organiser. Long-time fan of tech, collaboration and innovation. Exploring digital, social, business, technology, society, psychology & startups.
Sam founded Chinwag in 1996 to support the nascent digital marketing industry. The organisation has grown alongside the industry, whilst Sam has held roles ranging from, arguably, the UK’s first paid webmaster at Time Out magazine, part of the founding management team of the UK’s first web agency, Webmedia and the startup team at digital off-shot of TV firm, Carlton (now part of ITV)
He’s developed launched numerous industry events including Chinwag Psych, international startup series, Digital Mission. He’s the Executive Director of Social Media Week London part of a global collaborative event series taking place in 26 cities worldwide. Sam is a member of the global advisory board. Consultancy clients including UK Trade & Investment, Open Data Institute, the BBC, Innovate UK and he’s an active participant in a number of startup accelerators.
Personal, some work and some geek-related blogging lives at Toodlepip along with BBQ recipes and other oddities.
Ever since I came back from Thinking Digital complete with copious quantities of notes, I’ve been meaning to write up some of the great sessions at the conference. One day – probably – I’ll actually find some time to do it.
This afternoon one of those sessions sprung to mind. Steve Clayton, of Geek in Disguise and Blue Monster fame demo’ed some of the latest and greatest new software gadgets freshly minted from MSs’ labs. Amongst these was a rather natty, and free, stitching application.
This video has been doing the rounds of Twitter, Digg and no doubt dozens of other social network-type tools. Having the dubious privilege of being one of the geekier people in the Chinwag office means what you see below sometimes hs a frightening similarity to my days.
Laydeez and Gentlemen. The website is down…
Whilst on a Friday afternoon diversion sent to me by a friend who knows I have the attention span of a….ooo, look a shiny piece of paper…
My gaze drifted towards this banner advert for Times Online’s Good University Guide – and there’s an expression that you don’t hear often:
Remind you of anything? Ah yes…
Following on from a previous post about swearing, I couldn’t help but add this to the blog after being sent it by friends who are avid watchers of American TV. As a reminder, this all started with US talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, started a long-running gag about Matt Damon at the end of his shows.
Built from really simple components, the movement in this mechanical jelly fish is really quite beautiful to watch (via Truemors). If I had a bigger house/office, I think I’d want one. Apparently, they’re developing smaller versions that’ll swarm together in water.
It’s not terribly heartening is it? After months of doom and gloom for every news outlet you care to sample about the credit crunch and impending economic doom, you spot this sign as you shamble towards work one morning…
Trying to find instruction manuals online is a pain. I blame Google. Or more specifically, the SEOers who are working the search engine algorithms for the online retailers.
Admittedly, it’s taken me an absolute age to sort out my personal blog. I’ve had one previously, but ran out of time to keep it updated. Fortunately, blogging, social media and community are at the heart of what Chinwag is trying to do, so I get to dabble and it’s relevant to the day job sans guilt. Marvellous.