Introducing GDN Founder, Rachel Crawford

3rd November 2023

Introducing GDN Founder, Rachel Crawford

UPDATE! See our recent interview published on, a trade publication that looks at the games business through the lens of culture.


Hello! My name is Rachel Crawford and I thought I would introduce myself, talk about the concept of GDN, where it came from, and how it can benefit your company.

I have been involved in the creation and management of global networking organisations for over 25 years and hold an ILM qualification in Leadership and Management, focused on innovation and change.

In the beginning...

From fairly humble beginnings in early 2000 with a bulky hire-purchase PC in my lounge and dial-up internet (screeeech … hisss … squaawk), I now proudly own several networking companies in the freight industry with 665+ clients in 125+ countries.

Over the years, with an array of terrible hairstyles, I have hosted over 50 international networking events in Asia, North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Drawing from my years of observation, it's clear that successful networking can deliver both immediate and enduring benefits to your company.

“Being a part of Rachel’s incredible network has been a game-changer for my professional growth and career. The ability to engage in meaningful discussions, seek advice, and exchange ideas has been instrumental in broadening my perspective and expanding my professional network.” Chloe Taylor, Project Manager, Blaiklock Ltd (Member of Project Cargo Network)

My team and I have meticulously crafted networking platforms that not only offer 24/7 access to an expanding network of industry connections but also extend invitations to our eagerly awaited networking events.

This is where the business (and fun) really happens. In our experience, a network sees a higher success rate and increased business after our gatherings (which always include open bars – no large expenses bills … hurrah!).

"It never ceases to amaze me where business comes from and the networking events always create a surge of new interest. The effort Rachel puts into the network is immeasurable, and this is evident in the high regard that all members have for Rachel and her team, and it shines through at every meeting. From my perspective, the network is a very positive force to help drive my company forward in the next decade and beyond.” Frank McNamara, Eastway Logistics (Member of Universal Freight Organisation)

Why video game development?

Over the past 12 months, I have been exploring alternative industries that would benefit from our networking business model. Through research, I discovered that co-development within the game industry has significantly increased, largely due to the increasing complexity and resource demands of game development. Read more.

Using external partners can assist game development companies in overcoming resource limitations.

“We're thrilled to be a part of this exciting journey! It's truly inspiring to see a young organization like GDN with such a dedicated and passionate team working towards creating a premier networking platform for video game developers. It's wonderful to know that GDN is committed to boosting promotion, facilitating knowledge sharing, and fostering trust among fellow game development companies, all of which contribute to the industry's growth. I am confident that our collaborative efforts will lead to significant achievements within the world of video game development. Andrei Buta, Game Designer, Fan Studio

Networking works!

Meeting face-to-face is an invaluable tool that is often underestimated. Knowing the person, you are speaking to automatically builds confidence and can lead to new partnerships. To learn more about our upcoming P2P event, please click here.

Another key benefit of being part of an organisation like GDN is its referral potential. This serves as an additional avenue to broaden your network and secure fresh business prospects.

“We've found the biggest reason for how much success we've had in such a short amount of time is the networks we're a part of and the relationships we've formed. Plus, the press and marketing we would gain from being a GDN member would be amazing, as outreach and presence are something we're striving to build.” Luke Maloney, Co-Founder/Studio Director, Dragon Scale Studios Ltd."

At GDN, we offer much more than a list of companies, our members gain many valued added benefits including:

Make new contacts immediately by joining an international network of industry partners.

Your own profile page including your company logo and news.

Invitation to our P2P Networking Events.

Invitation to our Virtual Events.

Exclusive PR/News Service providing global promotion.

Get your company featured in our eMagazine.

Access to Recruitment Section categorised by sectors.

Your company details will be listed in the GDN Index, sent monthly to all members.

Networking can be more than just a necessary business activity - it can be an enjoyable and lucrative experience! Moreover, from a personal perspective, it can be rewarding to bring people together. When I started my first network, it was motivated by financial security, just like many other businesses. I achieved my original goal and now have a wonderful home and family, which I cherish.

However, my motivation has evolved over time. I have witnessed individuals from diverse nationalities, religions, and backgrounds form deep and long-lasting friendships, and that has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of running my companies.

I am supported at the GDN Studio by a strong group of talented individuals drawn from a variety of game, film, music, and media backgrounds - our photos are below but we'd rather meet you in person next year in Croatia!

To join GDN, click here.

Rachel Crawford
GDN Founder

Portfolio of Companies

Project Cargo Network Ltd
Universal Freight Organisation Ltd
DigiFreight Ltd
Freightbook Ltd
Cargo Connections Ltd