This week, we celebrated our 4th birthday. By this age, most kids can dress themselves, brush their teeth with supervision, and are usually potty-trained – we can confidently say we cleared these hurdles.
By age 4, kids also show a big desire for independence and want to do as much as possible on their own. Temper tantrums are (hopefully) less frequent and children establish real friendships – they may even have a “best friend.” We hope we gained some over the last four years, too!
So without further ado, here are some of our milestones over the last four years.
October 15, 2015
We labored hard for our first issue “We Built This City,” but what a beauty it was! Created with only 3 staffers, it was a test of endurance and grit – but it was all worth it!
We’ve moved around quite a lot, graduating to larger spaces as our team grew. Then again, it is our stated mission to explore this city.
Impact Hub – August 2015
Universitätsstraße – March 2016
Mariahilfer Straße – April 2017
WeXelerate – October 2019
First Special Event
Not only do we want our readers to get the know the city reading our stories, we also want to allow them to get to know each other. So in May 2016, we organized our first special event on “Innovation” in Vienna’s Kunsthalle.
First Corporate Publishing Project
Home Town Media, Metropole’s parent company, is active in corporate publishing. In February 2017, we published a book for the Berlin School of Creatives, collecting the thoughts and experiences of their alumni.
First Survival Guide
Not content with creating a magazine, online news, corporate projects and organizing events, we also moved into the field of publishing books of our own making. Our very first in-house publication was the Vienna Survival Guide for Health, released in November 2017. It was followed by the Vienna Survival Guide for Housing in November 2018 and the trilogy will be completed with the Vienna Survival Guide for Education, due in November 2019.
In February 2018, we threw our first monthly Metropole Salon. Our editor-in-chief Dardis McNamee, one of the main drivers behind this project, followed in the proud tradition of Fanny von Arnstein, a socialite who organized salons for artists and intellectuals in Vienna during the Vienna Congress of 1814/15.
First International Reportage Series & Book
January 2018 – February 2019
When we decided in January 2018 to do an international project with journalists from across Central and Eastern Europe for the centennial of the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, we had no idea how big it would get. A year later, we had published over 150 magazine pages written by more than 50 journalists from 13 different countries. In February 2019, we followed up by releasing From Empire to Republic as a hardcover book, a one-of-its-kind publication on a century of life after Austria-Hungary in Central Europe.
To keep our subscribers and members abreast of all that’s happening in Vienna, we introduced the Metropole newsletter in February 2019. Readers get a weekly rundown of the most important news in Vienna and Austria, as well as event tips and special deals.
October 2019 and onward …
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but just as 4-year-olds love to use their imagination, we at Metropole are looking forward to the future as well. Here are some of the upcoming projects currently in the works or in the planning phase.
- Launch of the Metropole Directory – October 31, 2019
- Publication of the Survival Guide for Education – November 2019
- Expansion to new cities – 2021 and beyond
So, stay tuned and as always –
don’t be a stranger!