My Work

  • Our letter to the Prime Minister

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  • Citizen Beta

    A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation.

    Current: RSVP and/or sponsor our 2016 winter social

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    citizenbeta.org

  • Rokk3r Labs

    Partner and EIR, EMEA

    2015

    Rokk3r Labs is a unique platform where we partner entrepreneurs with our strategists, creatives and engineers to design, build and launch exponential organisations (a process we call “Cobuild”).

    rokk3r

    rokk3rlabs.com

  • Newspeak House

    Fellow

    2015 – 2016

    Newspeak House is an events venue, community space, residential incubator and hangout in East London set up for people who want to change society with technology, and meet other people with similar interests.

    nwspk.com

  • Techfugees

    Founding Member, Head of Digital Strategy

    Since 2015

    Moved by the plight of refugees in Europe, a number of technology industry people have formed a voluntary team to create the series of non-profit “Techfugees” conferences, hackathons, and work with a global network of collaborators.

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    techfugees.com

  • Disrupt 100

    Judge

    Since 2016

    The DISRUPT 100 is a bi-annual index detailing the companies shaping our futures.

    The report tracks the world’s most disruptive businesses, compiled and curated by the world’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and business people.

    disrupt100.com

  • Karve

    Powerful control over your content’s metadata.

    karvehq.com

  • Tech For UK

    Cofounder

    Since 2018

    A network of UK tech & innovation leaders want a people’s vote on the terms of Brexit that includes the option to remain a member of the EU.

    techforuk.com

  • Brightoneers

    Organiser

    Inherited from Tom Nixon in 2018

    A network of 500 change-makers in –and for– Brighton & Hove, UK.

    brightoneers.co.uk
    facebook.com/groups/brightoneers

  • Parliament User Group

    I’m a founding member of the The Parliament User Group (PUG), an external, critical friend to the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS).

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    parliusergroup.tumblr.com

  • Here

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    Share your location with one tap.

    Uses SMS, no need for your contacts to have the same app or phone.

    A project with Kate Tarling

    hereapp.io

  • Microsoft

    User Experience Evangelist (UXE) for the UK.

    2008.

    Leading on connecting MS with the UK web and tech industry on emerging MS technologies, as part of the global Developer and Platforms team (DPE).

  • Government Digital Service (GDS)

    Digital Market Engagement Manager / Supply-base Transformation Manager

    2012-2014.

    I was finding a new pool of digital companies to support the government’s digital strategy, helping government buy technology in a more agile way, and placing new ways buying tech alongside new ways building tech as being equally important in continuing to successfully deliver digital government.

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    gds.blog.gov.uk/about

  • ClipStack

    An HTML5 video sharing experiment, bookmark MP4 files and create video podcasts.

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    clipstack.com

  • City Meets Tech

    I’m on the board and selection team at this initiative to connect the City of London banking community to technology start-ups.

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    citymeetstech.com

  • Tech4Good Awards

    Proud to be a judge at these awards, celebrating innovation in technology that makes the world a better place.

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    tech4goodawards.com

  • Design Authority

    Humbled to be invited to be an advocate for this group – “The Design Authority is a collaboration of some of the world’s most recognised Design leaders.”

    designauthority

    http://designauthority.org/advocates/josh-russell/

  • Metranet

    My first startup, originally Loose Connection, one of the UK’s earliest commercial free wifi hotspot networks, famous for creating the first wifi beach.

    Later pivoting to become Metranet offering b2b highly robust and high speed city-wide wireless infrastructure.

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    metranet.co.uk

  • Bonfire

    My 2nd startup, a browser plugin that makes Twitter.com even more realtime by showing you when your friends are online and giving you a live chat interface.

    In September 2012 we announced we’d be shutting Bonfire down.

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    angel.co/bonfire

  • Comic Relief

    Interactive designer and strategist in the digital team.

    2004-2008.

    Designing and managing applications for the core activities of campaigning and fundraising during the digital transformation, shifting the focus toward online and all year round engagement.

Hire Josh Today

Currently available

I’m available for roles, short or long term, or in more bitesize periods.

Things I do or advise on:

  • startup-style innovation (and for enterprise)
  • operations for delivery
  • making ops digital and putting them online
  • product ownership
  • product management
  • prioritisation, for learning and success
  • community intelligence and designing community engagement
  • broad startup advice, product, finance, customer development,
  • agile procurement
  • selling digital services to government
  • agile for voluntary, charitable, and for-good orgs
  • paying attention and applying ideas cross industries

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