How To Growth Hack Your Twitter Following

I met my friend Matthieu at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. What started as a polite introduction to a new team-mate turned into some marathon hacking, which resulted in us winning the biggest Hackathon in Europe. Solid foundations for a friendship, I’d say.

Having met in such a competitive environment, I think it’s safe to conclude that we are both very competitive. So when we met up this weekend, Matthieu casually mentioned the fact that now I almost have as many Twitter followers as he does. more


Flying Lizard Nebula. Edge of Perception.

Something is there. Fluttering on the edge of perception, teasing us to chase it.

Do Everything Better

You are your decisions. Your decisions define who you are.

You are forever becoming who you are.

I am a firm believer that almost every one of those tiny decisions that we make on a daily basis build us into the people we are.

I’ve taken this mentality to heart lately and I’m trying to live by it. Which is why I’m sitting here writing this instead of browsing 9gag while I wait for my train.

I’m currently reading ‘An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth’ by Chris Hadfield, who writes about his journey of becoming an Astronaut. (Sidenote: Chris Hadfield is an avid early adopter of Periscope. This brings me great joy). His mentality is something I agree with. more


My Work Wardrobe May Be Anti-Feminist

As a relatively young young professional, my work wardrobe is somewhat lacking. It lacks volume, but it also misses the mark for the exacting standards of office specific work-appropriateness. I am, however, very aware that dress plays a massive role in professionalism. Tardiness, manners, appearance, addressing others — it’s all part of the how-you-present-yourself package. more


On My Reading List

I came across a nice illustration that said:

Reading is absurd. We stare at slivers of wood full of strange markings for hours while we hallucinate vividly.

I like that. It’s a nice thought.



Spring is (almost) in the air!

Waking up to a flood of sunshine this morning, I knew it was going to be a good day. Sun, birds, buds – clearly it is spring! Of course, I’m ignoring the fact that I now live in the UK. Nevertheless, my inner optimist decided that a nice floral dress would be warm enough. Add a leather jacket as a precaution and we’re good to go. more


Hi, I’m Eleanor Harding. 

A multimedia geek with the brain of a developer, the eyes of an artist, the hands of a designer, the vision of a strategist, the voice of a diplomat and the heart of a human.

These are my thoughts, ideas and stories. This is my blog.

Eleanor Harding


Eleanor Harding

has won several Hackathons including TechCrunch Disrupt EU and the Microsoft Imagine Cup SA. By day, she works at a London based Ideas Lab to help founders bring ideas to life with a sprinkle of magic. By night, she’s building the future.

I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. My younger years were spent building roller coasters and rubber-band cars before going to high school where I would build and race scale Formula 1 cars powered by compressed Carbon Dioxide. I then went on to complete a perfectly suited Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pretoria with a double major in Computer Science and Multimedia. This was also where I fell in love with game design, creating an amazing indie game called Orbit with my four closest friends and classmates. We went on to win the Microsoft Imagine Cup National Finals and receive the coveted Skype Award for Innovation and Collaboration. In my second year, I joined the university newspaper as a photographer, being recognised as Photojournalist of the Year. During my studies, I also started working at an award-winning agency called teamgeek. I started as an intern some time before graduating but quickly progressed to a mid-weight digital designer with a knack for social strategy and a huge amount of responsibility. I left teamgeek and South Africa to live the dream that I had been planning by coming to work in London. I now live in London, working as a Product Manager and Product Developer at a top London-based ideas lab and I’m loving every minute of it.