Lighthouse London Podcast: Building a 20,000-strong community in 1 year: The creation and rise of Chew.tv with Ben Bowler

A couple of weeks ago I spent a morning sitting down with Tom from Lighthouse London. The agency works with startups to bring their ideas into reality. Sitting down in the meeting room come studio I leaned quickly that Tom was also an established drum and bass DJ. I just had to invite him down to DJ at one of our office streams.

Here’s the audio from the podcast where we talk about DJing, startups and community building. Along the way we also cover

  • How a startup accelerator helped shape the business
  • How the team manage development and feature requests
  • Why loud grime music is more important than pleasing the neighbours

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And here’s Tom DJing at our office mixup:



Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.