There will always be value in reviews of where to stay, what to see and where to eat. But how do you find the most interesting people in a city? Those who know it intimately and like no others? So we raided our contact books and chose the creatives who would bring a city to life.
SideStory was created to connect travelers and locals to a city’s creative movers and shakers – our Insiders. SideStory was co-founded by executives from Virgin and Wallpaper* to define a new category of travel, offering imaginative creative experiences in a fresh and dynamic way.
Who we are
CEO & Co-Founder
Currently adviser to ustwo studio, a leading global digital agency, Giovanni was formerly Corporate Development Director / SVP at Virgin Group, including NED for Virgin Holidays, Strategy Director TACA International Airlines and Consultant with Bain & Company. In his spare time he can be found running after his son in the park, thinking about what to cook for dinner and dreaming of his next getaway.
Favourite city: Naples
Head of Product & Operations
Marenco has led the YouTube teams that help identify, nurture and empower YouTube channels across Europe. Before then, he spearheaded Google's New Business Sales teams across the UK, Ireland, Belgium & Netherlands. A native Dutchman raised in New Zealand, he is fluent in English and Dutch and lives in London with his family and his dog.
Favourite city: London & Amsterdam
Content Manager & City Curator
The NYC events industry ignited her interest in hospitality. Having moved to London, she coupled a passion for food with an interest in technology by joining social dining startup GLEAT, where she handled marketing and partnerships. A relentless love of writing, travel & technology lead her to SideStory. In her free time she is making music or baking cakes.
Favourite city: Rome
Operations & Social Media Intern
Never without a camera in hand, Siena is well-suited to her role managing SideStory’s social media channels, and her thorough approach and attention to detail make her a customer service champion. She previously lived in Paris and Barcelona but caught the travel bug as a child on a school exchange to Cape Town.
Favourite city: Paris
Before taking the role of lead iOS developer at London startup Dojo, Sam worked as a camera operator, freelance video editor and web designer - and as a result, is rarely seen away from a laptop screen. Away from the keyboard, he's an avid photographer, and keen to visit new countries with the goal of bringing back some new landscape shots.
Favourite city: Mexico City
Favourite city: Melbourne
Stefan left the bright lights of Berlin at the age of 20. Since then, he worked for digital marketing agencies in Bournemouth and London, was heavily involved in paid media performances for Expedia, Inc. and VC-backed travel start up Top10. Commuting between the Big Smoke and the golden beaches of Bournemouth at the South Coast, Stefan juggles a busy family life and the ever growing complexity of search engine marketing.
Favourite city: Berlin
Co-Founder & Advisor
Rachael is an Editor whose work has covered travel, design and food, in London and New York. She was part of the launch team for Wallpaper* City Guides and went on to edit the series, chalking up 121 destinations. She has also written for Wallpaper*, Nowness and Departures.
Favourite city: New York
Gord is currently Brand Development Lead at Instagram, based in London. He was previously Publishing Director of Wallpaper*, Global Marketing Director for Georg Jensen, and has held senior positions with Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi in Toronto, Prague and London.
Favourite city: Toronto
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