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A Look Back On One Year Of The Stack World

Today we celebrate The Stack’s one year anniversary and take a look back at our timeline from launch to now

By Isobel Van Dyke

8 March 2022
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s we celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we also celebrate one year of The Stack World. In the space of 12 months, we’ve published over 300 articles, hosted 1000-plus events and have a total of more than 4000 Stack World members.

We launched an app, a newspaper, a newsletter and even a podcast series, as well as making the shift from media outlet to creator platform. Though we still take great pride in our editorial content, it has become one of many branches that make up The Stack World ecosystem.

Today, we are a buzzing web of networks within networks - fulfilling our shift in title from The Stack, to The Stack World. We have created a world where women are given the tools and freedom to grow, a world that puts us at the forefront, and a place where women can speak with confidence and know that they will be supported by the community that waits within our app.

We’ve seen highs and lows throughout the course of 12 months - failures as well as successes. No matter what we’re working on, our proudest moments always remain the same: hearing the feedback from our members. Our greatest achievement, ultimately, is your greatest achievement. Our mission has always been to learn your mission and help you on your path to achieving it.

Below, we go back in time to a year ago as we walk through the Stack timeline from launch to now.

8th March 2021 - The Stack World Launches

On International Women’s Day 2021 we officially launched The Stack World. The editorial team worked furiously to bring you fresh, women-led content, with Laura Weir - previously of ES Magazine - as our consultant Editor-in-Chief.

Top articles of the month:

Jess Phillips: "My Whole Life Has Been A Political Campaign"

‘She Saved Me’: Meghan, Harry And The Question Of Good Allyship

“When I Reported Indecent Exposure I Felt Discouraged From Pressing Charges By Police”

Make-Up, Transmasculinity And Me

Sharmadean Reid launches The Stack World, March 8th 2021

April - Deal Flow: 25 Black Female Founders Fundraising

The Stack World asked 25 Black female founders to take part in our photoshoot: Deal Flow. The point? To draw attention to 25 incredible businesses and combat the lack of funding (0.2%) that goes to female founders - particularly Black female founders - by highlighting them and their businesses and getting the attention of investors. Since then, several of the founders have gone on to raise millions.

In the same month, we also launched a podcast series. The First Three Years was an investigation by Alexandra Jones and The Stack World into one of the core drivers of gender and class inequality in the UK today: childcare.

The podcast was a four part series that can be found here, on Spotify as well as all major streaming platforms. Both of these projects were led by Alexandra Jones, currently Associate Features Editor at Evening Standard.

Top articles of the month:

Deal Flow: 25 Black Female Founders To Invest In Now

The Challenge Of Forming Female Friendships When You’re Autistic

Maria Raga On How To Grow A Startup Into A Generational Powerhouse

London’s Gen-Z On Life After Lockdown

Deal Flow: 25 Black Female Founders Fundraising, shot by Kiran Gidda, April 2021

May - The Stack Film: Women Make The World Go Round

In May, The Stack asked director Lucy Luscombe to produce a two minute film: Women Make The World Go Round. On a brisk day of filming the cast smiled through the shivers - from politicians, to musicians, nail techs, authors, florists, fashion designers and more, see the full cast and credits here.

Our She Stands event series was simultaneously in full swing. A weekly lunchtime panel talk where four female politicians discussed how they got into politics. Interviewees included Tulip Siddiq, Emily Thornberry, Stella Creasy and Jess Phillips.

Top articles of the month:

Sharmadean Reid: All The Stuff I Got Wrong In 2020

We Need To Talk About Griff

Can You Train Your Team Not To Be Racist?

The Stack Film starring Grace Ladoja, Lava La Rue, Eliza, Missy Flynn, Otegha Uwagba, amongst many others

June - Deal Flow 2.0: The Photoshoot Returns

The Deal Flow photoshoot series returned in June, this time with a plethora of female-founded sustainable businesses. Kiran Gidda photographed 11 women all at the head of businesses with a focus on sustainability. OLIO - the food-waste app - was among the featured businesses, and has since raised $43 million in investment.

Top articles of the month:

Deal Flow: 11 Sustainable Founders To Invest In Now

Confessions Of A Former Sex And Love Addict

Meet The Women Still Fighting To Help Heal Grenfell Survivors

Raw Grief Triggered By Father’s Day

The Importance Of Queer Networks And Seven To Have On Your Radar

Deal Flow: 11 Sustainable Founders To Invest In, shot by Kiran Gidda, June 2021

July - Editorial Becomes Reactive & The Office Party Takes Off

The first Stack Office Party was held in July 2021 and is a much-loved event that has been held on a monthly basis ever since.

July also saw a change in pace in our editorial content. Though we have always been somewhat reactive, following events of summer 2021, we published several pieces that are consistently brought up by our members. See the list below.

Top articles of the month:

Abuse Of Black England Players Is Yet Another Sign Of This Country’s Toxic Attitude To Race

If England Gets Beaten, So Will She: Football’s Culture Of Misogyny

Property Diaries: How I Bought My First Home

Bianca Saunders Becomes First Black British Designer To Win ANDAM Fashion Award

How This British Beauty Founder Raised $25 Million

8 Ways Women Have Been Locked Out Of Networks In History

Stack member and fashion designer Aissata Ibrahima, photographed by Isobel Van Dyke at the monthly office party

August - The Stack World App Launches

In August we officially launched The Stack World App - brought to life through our vibrant campaign featuring six of our brilliant members including Ciara Madden, Grace Ladoja MBE, Simran Randhawa, Charlotte Williams, Yomi Adegoke and Clara Sojung Tan. Shot by Danika Magdalena.

We also launched a newsletter in August! Here.

Top articles of the month:

The Battle May Be Won - But Britney’s War Is Far From Over

Fighting For Their Lives - What Is Happening To The Women Of Afghanistan

Where To Go In London For The Best Breakfast Meetings

The Stack World App campaign launched in August, shot by Danika Magdalena

September - Sharmadean Reid Wins Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award

Our Founder and CEO Sharmadean Reid wins the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award, celebrating female entrepreneurship and up and coming leaders of the future.

Top articles of the month:

Get Ready With Me: Sharmadean Reid Wins Veuve Clicquot’s Bold Future Award

How Simi Lindgren, Founder Of Yuty, Became The 10th Black Female Founder To Gain VC Backing

How A Writer Plans Her Day, With Claire Fuller

Sharmadean Reid Wins Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award

October - The Stack World Conference at Oakley Court

The Stack World Conference at Oakley Court, with over 250 Stack members and 25+ speakers

November - Ally Month

The first talk in the Ally Month series, with James Davies and Eshita Kabra-Davies

December - Clubs For Christmas

A Christmas party like no other, we took over The Vault at The Ned and hosted 50 members - leaving 2021 on a high.

We also started working on our Clubs feature, allowing our members to create and join clubs - all of which you can find here.

Top articles of the month:

‘I Was A 23-Year-Old Stuck In A Body That Was Rejecting Me’: The Personal Account Of A Student Battling Long Covid

How They Did It: The Female Founded App That Raised $43 Million

How People Pleasing Is Holding You Back

Kim Darragon at The Stack Christmas Party, held at The Ned

January - The Stack World Officially Launches New Creator Platform

We kicked off 2022 with a bang, with a new year transformation to creator platform.

Many of the Founding Creators, such as fashion brand consultant Elizabeth Stiles, confidence coach Tiwalola Ogunlesi and personal branding expert Stefanie Sword-Williams, are consultants who regularly host workshops and are now bringing their expertise to our community. With this update, The Stack World enables creators to easily obtain a subscription model, ensuring they can continually earn throughout the year.

Top articles of the month:

The Stack World Launches New Creator Platform

Write Yourself A Vision Plan With These Six Simple Steps

Stalked By A Stranger Since I Was 18: How A Lack Of Information Made Me Question What I Knew Was True

Creator Platform Launches, Jan 2022

February - The Stack World Newspaper Launch

Whilst our editorial platform has become a mere branch of what we are, there is, without a doubt, room within our world for a news platform that brings women’s stories to the front. Enter, The Stack World Newspaper, launched last month at Berners Tavern.

Too often our stories are sidelined in major newspapers, limited to a box-out in the corner of the page. Sports sections make up almost a quarter of national daily papers, but a story about the rates of stalking, violence against women, or even women’s achievements…where are they to be seen? Rarely in headlines.

Not only have we given women headlines, we have given them a 20 page newspaper, brimming with news stories all about female success, development, and crucially, news. Headlines that should be shouted from the rooftop, that would not be covered otherwise.

Top articles of the month:

“I Drank Alcohol To Mask My Anxieties – Then Was Diagnosed With Pure OCD”

Suffocating Silence For Afghan Women As UN Warns Of ‘No Future’

Enter The Men-Taverse: What Does The Metaverse Mean For Women?

30 Lessons In 30 Years With Supermodel Paloma Elsesser

The Stack World Newspaper, launched February 2022

March 2022 - The Stack World Spring Fair & Announcement Of Selfridges Partnership

Next Saturday, The Stack hosts its first ever Spring fair. Our own members will be taking over our office space to bring you their products. It’ll be the last chance to network with fellow members at our office space so RSVP now whilst you still can.

We have also just announced our partnership with Selfridges - a month-long event series in which we have curated a roster of leading self-development coaches and holistic practitioners to level up your wellbeing and challenge the status quo of retail therapy. Find out more!

Top articles of the month:

How Do You Manage Maternity Leave When You Own Your Own Business?

Twitter Narrows In On Decentralised Future Supporting The Growing Creator Economy

How Slow Travel Helped Me Heal From Burnout

RSVP now to The Stack World Spring Fair

A huge thanks goes to everyone who has been a part of our first 12 months.

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