Sir John Hegarty joins The Dots

The Dots Founder Pip Jamieson with Sir John Hegarty

The Dots Founder Pip Jamieson with Sir John Hegarty

The appointment of chairman Sir John Hegarty strengthens The Dots’ position as the professional network of choice for the creative industries.

Sir John Hegarty, advertising legend and co-founder of the award winning agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty has today been announced as Chairman of the fast-growing creative professional networking platform – The Dots {www.the-dots.co.uk}.

After more than six decades of being at the forefront of the creative industry, fifteen Clios, eight D&AD awards and almost too many Cannes Lions awards to count, Sir John will be leading The Dots in the next stage of its development and growth in the UK after securing £1.5m investment.

Best described as the LinkedIn for the creative industries, The Dots is a professional networking platform designed to help the creative sector promote themselves, network, collaborate and connect with commercial opportunities. Sir John’s wealth of experience will help guide The Dots in its mission to generate one million commercial opportunities for creative professionals by 2018, and build a stronger, more profitable and diverse creative sector.

John Hegarty Chairman of The Dots added:

“The Dots is critical for the future success of the creative industries – putting creativity at the heart of commerce and industry, whilst also helping creative people realise their full potential. I’m privileged to help shape its future with Pip and her team”

Since launching in September 2014, The Dots has rapidly become the go-to platform for the creative sector, attracting thousands of clients to promote their brand and recruit talent, including the BBC, Tate, Net-a-Porter, Vice, Airbnb, Sony Music UK, Condé Nast, Spotify, Facebook, Red Bull, WPP, Selfridges, Channel 4, Liberty, Saatchi & Saatchi, Viacom, Fremantle Media UK, Twitter & Somerset House.

Alongside this release, the platform also announces a £1.5 million investment which will be used to accelerate The Dots’ growth in the UK, with further investment expected to be raised next year to fuel international expansion. This first round of investment was led by Hambro Perks, an investment group founded by Rupert Hambro and Dominic Perks, whose portfolio companies include Laundrapp, Seeinit and (Tech Awards laureate) What 3 Words.

Dominic Perks Co-founder of Hambro Perks, commented,

“A brilliant idea.  A gifted team.  A booming market, with creativity becoming a key competitive advantage in all industries.  We love it!”

The Dots was founded last year by native Brit Pip Jamieson, an entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years immersed in the creative industries, including executive roles at MTV Australia. Named as one of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs, Pip is back in her hometown London, and set to make waves with her successful start-up.

Pip Jamieson CEO & Founder, commented:

‘Sir John is a creative genius who shares our passion for cultivating and championing top creative talent. We’re beyond excited to be backed by and working with such a legend!”  

To find out more about The Dots please visit: http://www.the-dots.co.uk

About The Dots

The Dots (www.the-dots.co.uk) is a professional networking platform designed to enable the creative sector to promote themselves, network, collaborate and connect with commercial opportunities.

The Dots was born out of a genuine desire to support and champion the creative community. Creatives can find it challenging to promote themselves and network, as well as connect with tangible commercial opportunities. The Dots recognises that the creative sector has different needs and networking preferences to those in the corporate sector, currently serviced by Linkedin.

The platform is set to revolutionise how the creative industries connect, collaborate and commercialise – helping build a stronger and more profitable creative sector.

The Dots: @The Dots
Twitter: @The_Dots_UK
Instagram: @The_Dots_UK
Facebook: The Dots UK

For more information on The Dots CEO Pip Jamieson please follow links below:

The Dots: Pip Jamieson
LinkedIn: Pip Jamieson
Twitter:  Pip_Jamieson
Instagram: Pip_Jamieson

About Sir John Hegarty 

Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty has worked in the creative industries for over six decades, co-founding Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in 1982. It became one of the most talked about and awarded advertising agencies in the world, responsible for the likes of Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik campaign and Levi’s series of pioneering commercials. Sir John was awarded a knighthood in 2007 for services to the creative industries, won the D&AD President’s Award for outstanding achievement and been admitted to the US One Show Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2014 he co-founded The Garage, a media and advertising tech start-up incubator, with Tom Teichmann, Chairman of SPARK Venture Management.

For more information please visit www.the-dots.co.uk/Sir_John_Hegarty

About Hambro Perks 

Hambro Perks invests in high growth businesses and special situations. They are sector-agnostic, backing great people with ambition, energy and vision. For more information please visit http://www.hambroperks.com

About Angel Academe 

Angel Academe is the UK’s leading angel network for women. Most (but not all) of Angel Academe members are women and they invest in ambitious tech startups with at least one woman on the founding team.

Diversity is good business sense: at Angel Academe they believe that diverse investor and startup teams make better decisions, are more capital efficient and give better return on investment. For more information please visit http://angelacade.me

About Coral Reef 

Coral Reef is a seed stage venture capital investment firm. They invest in creative uses of technology with the aim of growing world-class businesses. For more information please visit www.CoralReef.io.

 

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