I hated the book they released for this reason. There was so much about being a mother and a lot of just complaining about how expensive it was to live in Central London. Oh boohoo, I've had to move a significant distance from my family and friends because I can't afford to live near London in the expensive area my family live. I don't really want to hear how broke you are living in one of the most expensive areas of the country!I followed The Pool for a few months but then got bored with the sanctimonious white- middle class cool Central London vibe going on it. The account of the way they have run this business is truly shocking.
Mayfair offices? How very typical of fake woke champagne socialistsThe rage was primarily about treatment of the founders. Who are creatives and couldn't be expected to know about cash flow.
Stuart also said less swanky Mayfair offices might have helped. He was really raging.
How was she treated? I recall LL coming away from the debacle relatively unscathed. Up to when it closed earlier this year she was owed £40K according to this - https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/30/the-pool-womens-site-co-founded-by-lauren-laverne-in-crisis-talks - which is a lot of money, of course, but perhaps not that big an amount with someone with several lucrative income streams as she has.So when SH was furious whilst on a writer’s retreat, was it because of the lost £7k or the way her mate LL was treated after The Pool folded? It must be very difficult to navigate a friendship when doing business together. The number of influencers who are intertwined in a similar way is staggering to my innocent eye. Sometimes it really does feel like a complex web of connections in which a number of them are related to each other.
I followed The Pool for a few months but then got bored with the sanctimonious white- middle class cool Central London vibe going on it. The account of the way they have run this business is truly shocking.
It’s all shocking and not enough has been made of it. I remember when a freelancer (can’t recall who) reluctantly spoke out on twitter about non-payment and SB happily dropped newly-appointed Cate Sevilla in it, vaguely insinuating it was due to poor processes but now Cate was in position it would all get sorted. The nerve.Re The Pool, I’m a member of some media FB groups and heard rumblings the site was in trouble last summer. Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne resigned as company directors last August (rats, sinking ships comes to mind), screenshot from Companies House records attached (LL’s married name is Fisher BTW). Last October a journalist posted that she was waiting months for payment and other writers replied saying they were experiencing the same thing. So for months the site commissioned writers who the higher ups knew they couldn’t pay. Which is fraud in my eyes. The reason why so many people don’t speak out (like Robyn Wilder Heritage) is because the media is cliquey and small and you can’t run the risk of pissing potential editors off or marking yourself out as a troublemaker