Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/izonedesign/blog.bathdigital.com/wp-content/themes/canvas/functions/admin-hooks.php on line 160

About Chris

CEO at Bardowl - the streaming audiobook app. Developer Advocate at BlueVia. Used to work at Orange where he infamously launched MMS. Chris organises conferences and barcamps for mobile developers including The Big M, openMIC Mobile Innovation Camp and Bathcamp. Chris is married with 2 children, lives in Bath and has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. Chris supports Tottenham Hotspur and tweets too much as @bookmeister.
Author Archive | Chris

Episode 13: HashBang meet Bardowl

This episode the boys are joined by a familiar face – Chris Book. CEO of Audiobook startup Bardowl. Find out more about Chris’s background, and the Spotify of Audiobook’s. The visual gag doesn’t work so well on the Podcast of this episode

The boys also discuss the first ever caller to the BANG line, Stewart from Disruptive Social Care. Big shout out Stuart – check out his Podcast here: http://www.disruptivesocialcare.com

Comments { 0 }

Episode 11: Elizabeth Varley: ““Co-working, No 10, and blocked toilets; the TechHub story”

We are back from our summer holidays, and HashBang goes on location. This episode was taped at TechHub in Google Campus, London.

The guys catch up after a short summer break. Chris’s startup Bardowl has launched and James has a new job. James does a seamless introduction to the BANG Line!

Elizabeth Varley, CEO of TechHub, joins them, digging into how she arrived in London from Australia, and her first roles in the UK. Elizabeth moves on to tell us about the inspiration for TechHub, working with Mike Butcher (of TechCrunch Europe fame) as a co-founder, bootstrapping, major milestones, working with Number 10, the appeal of London, and what’s next.

As always, listen to the podcast for the extended interview…


openMIC 14

Comments { 0 }

HashBang.TV Episode 9 “Get the knowledge on Hailo Cab”

Russ and Gary join the boys to tell the Hailo Hollywood script style story – learn how three cabbies came up with the idea in a Covent Garden coffee shop, launched and spread the word amongst the London Black Cab community, and went on to raise one of the largest A rounds in recent European startup history. James seems to have developed a serve case of the “yeah’s” during the interview. Tweet us (@hashbangtv) with the number of “yeah’s” for a prize!

Listen to the Podcast from our Podcast page or iTunes & Podbean to get the extended interview, including talk of a “Hailo Fest” meetup, and the Dragon’s Den application. Finally check out Russ and Gary’s other project, their football Podcast “CabCast“.


Hailo Cab
CabCast Podcast
Mobile Industry Review

Comments { 0 }

HashBang.TV Episode 8 “The Prime mover in the developer community”

Episode 8 of HashBang TV has arrived.

On this weeks show we are joined by community legend Thayer Prime. We talk about her awesome name, and how she got started in tech. Thayer provides some killer tips on how to break into the industry, discusses how brands are attempting to engage with developers, the challenge of marketing to developers and her latest project, recruiting for the Government Digital Service. We finish off talking about work life balance, being open on Twitter, and Chris talks about his experiences with Air B&B.

As always, the episode is available as a 15 minute video edit with the extended interview available on the Podcast.


Government Digital Service
Air B&B

Comments { 1 }