Pip Jamieson

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Pip Jamieson
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Jamieson at a Wikipedia editathon
Born1980 (age 40–41)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (MA)
EmployerThe Dots

Pip Jamieson (born 1980) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Dots, a professional network for people in the creative industry.[1]

Education and early life[edit]

Jamieson's father worked in the music industry.[2] She is dyslexic and could not read until she was 11 years old.[3][4] She studied economics at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with first class Master of Arts (MA) degree with honours.[when?][2][5]


After graduating, Jamieson joined the Government of the United Kingdom fast-track civil service program for economists.[6] She worked for David Blunkett.[6]

Jamieson joined the creative industries in 2004, working for the Brit Awards then as Head of Business Strategy for MTV Australia.[7][8] She helped to develop the model that launched MTV and Nickelodeon to New Zealand.[9] She launched the Mile High Gig in 2008, where Dizzee Rascal performed live on a flight from Auckland to Sydney.[10] Jamieson believes that homogeneous teams are dangerous for creativity.[11] At MTV she struggled to find new talent and service providers.[12]

In 2009 she launched The Loop in Australia, a visual networking platform that was used by 67% of Australian professionals.[12]

The Dots[edit]

Jamieson talking about Creative Ambition in Berlin in 2017

Jamieson moved to the UK in 2014 and lived on a houseboat in Kings Cross, London.[13][14] She noticed that there was no networking site for people in the creative industries, as LinkedIn is optimised for a white-collar workforce.[7] She launched the Dots, a professional network that is used by 10% of the UK creative sector.[15] She raised £4 million from Hambro Perks Ltd., John Hegarty and Tom Teichman.[15][16][17] Jamieson appointed John Hegarty as Chairman.[18] Their membership is around 80 million, 62% of whom are women and 31% Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).[15][19] It does not allow for companies to search for candidates by their alma mater, making sure people are judged based on their work.[7] Their clients include Tate, Somerset House, Google, Channel 4, Soho House and Facebook.[20][21] She has appeared on several podcasts and radio shows, including for Monocle magazine.[22][23] She believes that happier teams are more productive.[24]

In July 2018 Jamieson launched an LGBTQ+ takeover on The Dots to celebrate Pride Month.[25]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2017 Jamieson was named by Creative Review as one of the Top 50 Leaders in the UK.[26]

She was named as one of The Sunday Times Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs, and British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) Top 100.[27][28][29] She was listed as one of the 2018 Campaign trailblazers for change.[30] She is concerned about algorithmic bias.[11] She supports companies that celebrate diversity[clarification needed] in technology and creativity.[31][32]

Jamieson was part of Sadiq Khan's Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) trip in May 2018.[33][34]

In November 2018 she was named as one of the Inspiring50 Top 50 Women in Technology in the UK.


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  2. ^ a b "Entrepreneurs: The Dots founder behind LinkedIn rival for creatives". standard.co.uk. Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "Pip Jamieson: 'There's A Special Place In Hell For Women Who Don't Support Each Other'". Marie Claire. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "This much I've learned: Pip Jamieson". marketingsociety.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ "Pip Jamieson - Championing Creativity!". Breakfast with Tiffany. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  6. ^ a b "Pip Jamieson · Speaker · Chief Strategy Officer Summit · Innovation Enterprise Summits". theinnovationenterprise.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  7. ^ a b c "An entrepreneur's adventure: Pip Jamieson". coutts.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ "Pip Jamieson - Championing Creativity!". Breakfast with Tiffany. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ "Pip Jamieson - Founder & CEO of The Dots". FemaleFounderFridays. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. ^ "Dizzee Rascal to Headline MTV Mile High Gig | Scoop News". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  11. ^ a b "Girls on Top: Pip Jamieson on why female ideas in Silicone Valley are more important than ever". hungertv.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  12. ^ a b "The Dots: Pip Jamieson - Startups.co.uk: Starting a business advice and business ideas". Startups.co.uk: Starting a business advice and business ideas. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. ^ "Pip Jamieson - Creative Review". creativereview.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  14. ^ Jamieson, Pip (2018-06-11). "Ten things to think about before you go it alone in business". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  15. ^ a b c Knowles, Kitty. "The Dots: This Founder Dodged Sexist Investors And Raised Millions "To Kill LinkedIn"". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  16. ^ "Professional network for creatives raises £4m". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  17. ^ "Hambro Perks lead £4m investment round in The Dots | UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)". ukbaa.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  18. ^ "Sir John Hegarty joins The Dots as Chairman / The Digital Newsroom". digitalnewsroom.media. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  19. ^ "Pip Jamieson - Bazaar at Work Summit". Bazaar at Work Summit. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  20. ^ "Newco Shift | The Dots Has a Platform to Remake Creative Hiring". Newco Shift. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  21. ^ "Pip Jamieson | United Kingdom | D&AD Member Profile". dandad.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  22. ^ "Episode 216, The Entrepreneurs 216 - Radio". Monocle. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  23. ^ "The Dots founder Pip Jamieson and Google's Nishma Robb". White City Place. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  24. ^ Gibbs, Alexandra (2018-11-06). "2 ways to grow your start-up while keeping your staff happy". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  25. ^ "Meet 100 LGBT+ creative trailblazers redefining the industry". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  26. ^ "Pip Jamieson named one of Creative Review's Creative Leaders 50 of 2017!". The Dots. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  27. ^ "BIMA 100 2017". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  28. ^ Kelly, Liam (2017-12-10). "Backers join The Dots, founded by Pip Jamieson". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  29. ^ Thiele, Marc. "Pip Jamieson is speaking at beyond tellerrand 2017". beyondtellerrand.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  30. ^ "Campaign and AMV unveil industry's Trailblazers of the Future". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  31. ^ "Pip Jamieson: Creativity should not be reserved for those who can afford it". Design Week. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  32. ^ "Interview: Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots - "LinkedIn for the creative industries" | Gadgette". Gadgette. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  33. ^ "London's women tech founders look to Silicon Valley for investment and expansion". londonandpartners.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  34. ^ Editor, James Hurley, Enterprise (2018-09-04). "Creating a social network means joining The Dots". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-11-27.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)