January Barnes - ParlayMe Founder/Head Reporter
January is the Founder/Head Reporter of ParlayMe - a tech news and PR platform for entrepreneurs, startups, founders, investors and business leaders. January is currently a Brand Ambassador for prominent international tech events such as UPRISE, Dublin Tech Summit, Collision Conference and Propelify.
January Barnes is also a luxury lifestyle blogger, reporter and social media influencer with over 150K online followers. She is Chief Editor of January Diaries a prominent lifestyle blog covering fashion, travel, music and film. In 2017 January was awarded in the My Deal Top 100 Australian Influencer Awards. She is also Chief Amplification Officer of The Academy of Fashion, Arts & Sciences and was most recently nominated for Digital Hollywood 2018 Influencer Awards in the Travel Adventure Lifestyle category.
Previously she was been Business Development Manager at FinTech company DIMOCO servicing OTT Video and Music clients. Prior to this she was Head of Biz Development for Broadstreet a corporate communications agency working with clients such as Pernod Ricard, BMW and Goldman Sachs. January was also previously Head of Business Development at Beverly Hills based entertainment agency Bemis Balkind and KO Creative; Marketing Director at commercial film and TV production company Luscious International; Account Director at numerous digital agencies and Marketing Manager for cable networks Syfy Channel and TV1.
January's experience spans from representing and promoting award winning directors and producer teams across global commercial TV campaigns to launching branded entertainment and digital content divisions. Now in charge of her own online digital channels, January has no plan of slowing down anytime soon!
Supporting numerous global charity organizations is also priority to January and choosing the Children's Tumor Foundation of Australia #Dare2Bare for Cupids fun run to help raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis, a debilitating condition that affects 1 in 2500 people was a decision made from the heart.
In 2012 the Apex Society recognized January amongst their Power 30 under 30 list for the most powerful people in Arts, Entertainment and Media. January has a Masters in Media Practice majoring in Journalism from the University of Sydney and a combined BA in Media Arts and Production Communications and International Studies from The University of Technology, Sydney.
On any given day you can find January exploring hidden travel destinations, attending exclusive product launches, VIP parties and tech festivals to interviewing established startups, entrepreneurs and investors. It's what we call the Parlay Effect!