What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I grew up in Australia, to British parents. Then lived in London for three years before setting sail to NYC – my home for the last 5 years.
Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
New York makes you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. You can make a friend buying flowers, ordering lunch, or taking cash out! It’s not unusual to be invited somewhere by someone you meet once; and it’s not unusual if you go along. There’s an incredibly optimistic energy to the city. People are always talking about their ideas, side hustles, and pipe dreams. It’s a very inspiring city to live in.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
The startup scene in London was pretty tiny when I lived there. Now it’s flourishing and has a life of its own. The startup community swaps lessons, advice, and stories within the cities themselves, but rarely do so across the Atlantic. A data bank that powerful would be incredible. Imagine how fast it could accelerate learnings and the sorts of unstoppable partnerships that would emerge!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Buenos Aires. I love that city. I feel at home as soon as I arrive. The people, the dancing, the lackadaisical attitude, and of course.. the gelato.
In flight entertainment: