Meet Updater: James Pearson, Head of Public Relations

Meet Updater’s first-ever Head of Public Relations, James Pearson! James has an impressive background and over a decade of experience working with industry-defining companies including Razorfish, Audible Amazon, Grooveshark, and most recently, Shazam. Bringing James on to tell the world about Updater and its amazing growth was a no-brainer. In his own words, here’s a little about James and his favorite things about working at Updater.

 James delivering the keynote at the Innovation Conference of Tel Aviv University.

James delivering the keynote at the Innovation Conference of Tel Aviv University.

Where did you grow up?

The Midwest.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A pilot, but PR is pretty cool, too.

Do you have a moving horror story?

Surprisingly, no.

What's your best piece of moving advice?

Only use a licensed agent who uses Updater. If not – stay where you are!

You're about to move. What would you make sure to never do again?

I’d make sure that I never moved again unless of course, I used Updater.

 James with longtime friend, Tariji P Henson.

James with longtime friend, Tariji P Henson.

What's your favorite thing about working at Updater?

My favorite thing about working at Updater is the company culture and the overall product. I couldn’t be more excited about being appointed Updater's first Head of Public Relations during such an exciting time for the company.

What's your favorite Updater feature? Why?

Digital Moving Announcements, it’s an awesome part of the product that allows people to share the news about their move.

What's the best part about working on a small team?

When you’re working on a small team, you really get to see the impact that you’re having on the company.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

To get Updater the press it deserves!

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What's the largest item you've ever had to carry on the subway?

A painting.

Which actor/actress would play you in a movie about your life?

Don Cheadle

Whom do you admire most as a business leader?

Sumner Redstone

What's your favorite quote?

"I'd tip my hat to you, but I haven't got a hat."

What's the first app you check in the morning?


 James featured in Calcalist Israel. 

James featured in Calcalist Israel. 

You have a time machine, but you can only make one trip. Where do you go?


If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Present Tense, from Radiohead or Harder Than You Think by Public Enemy

If you were a food, what kind would you be? Why?

Poke, it’s the ultimate comfort food.

What do you do to unwind?

Go on a run.


What's your favorite fast food restaurant?

Cracker Barrel but my mom must be present and move seats several times based on the AC.

What are 4 things you can't live without?

My iPhone, CNN, my car, and of course, mind changing PR.

What are two personal tidbits about you?

I’ve never owned a pair of jeans and I despise failure, the subway, and mops.

Emily Hassett :

As Updater’s Marketing Coordinator, Emily is responsible for coordinating events, content, social media, and plenty more! Outside of the office, you can find Emily spending time with friends and family, talking to her dog, or singing off-key.

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