I like startups almost as much as I like French anglicisms, you can’t help but laugh when you hear that the bonheur attitude c’est bon pour ma life. My first job was for a seriously failed startup radio station in Paris.
Paris Live Radio turned out to be not so much bootstrapped as cashstrapped. That didn’t deter me from saying I was a graphic designer, just to get involved. After using my minimal Photoshop skills I was able to branch out.
Writing advertising jingles (Cafe Oz – it’s the great mate’s place mate), directing their recording, designing flyers, reading the news, writing PR pieces and, of course, selling ads. Friends in London learnt how to use the photocopier, I was soon having to learn how to manage a team of marketing interns.
It was intoxicating. Working ’till ten, coming in at weekends too, in between a bar job to pay the bills. I’m hoping that we get that buzz on Project Redstripe.
Start me up