Screach in LA: A Hell of a Trip

Los Angeles in February

Guess we can tick this off the startup “bucket list”.

It’s Monday morning in LA, and Screach CEO Paul Rawlings is sitting about 20 feet away from music man and tech investor Will.I.Am, who’s being interviewed on future technology by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales.

In a little while, he’ll be pitching his own digital innovation to a crowd which includes international entertainment bosses, investors, and hotly-tipped startup talent.

Paul Rawlings is a lucky ********

Picture by Todd Jones Photography, used under Creative Commons

Picture by Todd Jones Photography, used under Creative Commons

We’ve all grown to love the creative weather here in the North East of England.

It’s exciting to wake up asking yourself questions, such as: “Does this dress look good drenched in rainwater?”, “Will I need to wear a crash helmet in case a random sky-splodge of snow slops down on my head while I’m out getting lunch?” and “How the hell do those people manage to go out on the Bigg Market wearing that little?”.

But we’ve got to admit a slight twinge of jealousy when we glance over to our CEO Paul Rawlings’ desk this week.

Paul jetted off to California at the weekend to spend quality time at Innovation Forum Los Angeles. It’s a two-day event co-hosted by the Founders Forum, in association with UK Trade & Investment and companies such as Universal Music Group.

A Screachy Christmas Story

It’s closing in on Christmas. You know what that means.

Tinsel. Presents. The same eight songs again and again. Festive drinks and nuclear hangovers. And, of course, that special moment when companies get all wistful and start reminiscing about all they’ve done in the last 12 months.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

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A day at AdMonsters Screens

It’s always good to try and do something a little different on a Monday morning, so we kicked off our week with a trip to London for the AdMonsters Screens conference.

The nice folk at AdMonsters invited us to put together a panel during their morning session. Screach founder Paul Rawlings joined Mike Hemmings of Amscreen and Rob Edwards of Bauer Media to discuss interesting ways to use screens to engage with consumers.

Screach heads to the summit

It’s pretty quiet in the office today, because we’ve sent some of our finest folks on a quick early-morning flight to Ireland.

But we’re not sulking at the pitch-black morning wake-up call. We’re popping over to the Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference in the fair city of Dublin. Screach was selected as a finalist in the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition, which will see 100 cool high-growth startups pitch to leading investors, startup and industry folk today.

Screach at IBC 2012

Our CEO Paul Rawlings spent the early part of this week in Amsterdam, soaking up the atmosphere at IBC 2012. IBC is a great spot to pick up the latest chatter about electronic media and entertainment, and Paul was invited to be part of a panel on the evolution and the future of second screen.

During the conference, he bumped into The Next Web’s Martin Bryant, who’s been following Screach from its early days.

Once Paul got back to Newcastle, we grilled him a little about what he’d seen and heard at the conference, and had a bit of a chat of our own about second screen and where it might be headed.

Introducing Richard Dodd…our new COO

There are so many ways to use the Screach platform, and we’re only just scratching the surface.

That’s why it’s always great when we add a new member of the team who’s got a lot of wisdom and experience behind them. On that note, we’re pleased to announce that we’re welcoming retail expert Richard Dodd to our ranks as Chief Operating Officer.

Can second screen make a difference?

Can second screen make it easier for users to act on issues that inspire them? (Illustration by Catherine Kasas)

In a slightly longer post than usual, we explore how second screen experiences might help people to act on issues and causes that inspire them (featuring special guest Lee Duddell of Newcastle online usability testing company WhatUsersDo)

At some point today, your TV will show you something that will make you cry, make you think, or make you angry.

Can second screen help you to do something about it?

The promise of second screen is that, if you’re interested in a programme, you can learn more and discuss issues in an environment that’s umbilically linked to the show. But once you’ve built that interest up, is it acceptable to just leave users to hack through the forest of Google links to find a way to speak out or get involved?