EVENT: #Croydon #TechCity – New Media startup edition (Thursday February 20th 7:30pm)


By - Friday 14th February, 2014

In the past two years, Croydon has seen more new media startups (across web, print, tv and radio) incorporate than any other borough in London.

This spate of new media activity is typical for a borough that is increasingly becoming recognised as the place to start a technical or media business.

This coming Thursday, four of Croydon Tech City’s media startups will be presenting from 7:30pm at Croydon Conference Centre – come down and join us for South London’s best tech community gathering.

To attend, please sign up as ‘attending’ here or  to confirm your attendance.


James Naylor, Editor-in-Chief of The Croydon Citizen

How Croydon’s newest media startup went from digital to print in a year

Simmering: James Naylor (centre) with The Croydon Citizen team.

It has been an incredible first thirteen months for The Croydon Citizen which after a little more than a year from its inception has gone from online-only to a widely-distributed print paper.

Symptomatic of a wider culture affecting Croydon Tech City – which is seeing new media startups flock to the area – the Citizen is at the forefront of Croydon’s new media scene with it’s innovative workflow, proprietary tech publishing platform and egalitarian editorial model.

Come along and hear how Naylor and his team are using the power of ‘citizen journalism’ to give a voice to local people and as a vehicle to change the borough for the better!


Adam McCann, Founder and MD of VideoGamer

How I built Europe’s largest independent videogaming media site 

Ten years ago, Adam McCann was an average software engineering student at Brighton University with a passion for computer games.

A decade later and Adam’s passion has led to him becoming the founder of Europe’s largest independent videogame media and community site, VideoGamer, which he is planning to take to bigger markets and sectors over the coming year, whilst based in Croydon Tech City.


Daryl Willcox, Creator of DWPub – Media Suite

From tech journo to tech media entrepreneur

Back in the late ’90s Daryl Willcox was a technology journalist who realised the very technology he was covering could be used to assist the communication between PRs and the media.

In 1997 DWPub was born and over the past decade the Croydon-operated company has built out a series of digital tools for large media organisations to use to source stories, connect to newswires and distribute releases quickly.


Dharmesh Bali, Partner Scout and Tech Support Manager at Orange

What I’ve learnt from my entrepreneurial media failures (and wins!)

In his day-job, Croydon resident Dharmesh is a globe-trotting executive for multi-national telco, Orange. At night, Dharmesh is an entrepreneurial hobbyist who has tried to build several media apps which have never quite got off the ground.

On Thursday night, Dharmesh will talk through his experiences and explain how you can avoid some of the pitfalls he’s experienced in trying to create media software that sells!


To attend Croydon Tech City: New Media edition on Thursday 20th February 7:30pm at Croydon Conference Centre, please sign up as ‘attending’ here or  to confirm your attendance.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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