Coates was educated at the Norwich School, the University of Bristol, and the London College of Printing. He worked at the BBC running an R&D team for BBC Radio, and before that he developed the geo-coded online community UpMyStreet Conversations. He has also developed online communities for emap and was Production Editor of Time Out's website. His professional written work includes film reviews for the BBC, contributions to Time Out city guides and comment pieces on technology for The Guardian.
Awards and recognition
Plasticbag.org won a Bloggies award in 2001 for "Best Gay/Lesbian/Trans weblog".
In January 2011 he was listed in Wired UK's Smart List 2011.
- http://2001.bloggies.com/ Winners and Nominations, Bloggies 2001
- http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23415149-details/New+Media/article.do Evening Standard, October 11, 2007
- http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23563066-details/New+Media/article.do?ICO=influentials Evening Standard, October 2008
- http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/02/features/the-smart-list?page=all Wired Magazine UK, February 2012