The vision wasn't Normandy. The vision was Berlin. It's the same with startups. Your vision is bigger than any beach in Northern France. Your vision is to disrupt the whole world and change history. Your vision is BIG. Many a driven entrepreneur, rather than take the ordinary path, is blinded by their vision, and carves … Continue reading Where is your startups Normandy?
Congrats to our alumni Vol Pigrukh and the whole team at Profitero on building one of the most exciting and successful startups in Ireland. In particular congrats on; Winning IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Winning IBM Smartcamp London 2011 Being selected as Dogpatch Labs resident 2011 Winning Seedcamp 2010 (first Irish company to … Continue reading Why isn’t this Google Ad in the Irish papers?
If you are in Ireland then at some stage, usually once your initial product is approaching beta, you WILL need to get on a plane - a lot! However, the holy grail of building a global empire while bootstrapping from behind your desk is possible - yet super rare - and I can only think of … Continue reading The unsung heroes of Irish Tech
I recently caught up with a buddy who is setting out on a new venture. We quickly got talking about his new project and the 2 seed funding scenarios they are considering. She/He is based in the US, has founded and sold companies before, and is about to go again with their new venture. This discussion … Continue reading Should we raise a small or large seed round? A Funding Scenario
I was recently invited by the Irish Governments Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to write a guest article on how interconnected Dublin and Silicon Valley are becoming. You can read the full article on the IDA Website
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbYWQA72zE8 I was invited to talk and give a demo at a recent NY Enterprise Technology Meetup Event. In this talk I give an introduction to Datahug and a demo of how we solve 'Who knows Who' and what I call 'micro' networking events. The talk is very light on slides and includes a demo … Continue reading My talk at the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup
Corporate Lawyers, Corporate Development teams and Competitors are often overlooked or avoided by first time fund raisers. I think this is a mistake as I’ve won customers, raised money, developed partnerships and understood my market better by engaging these cohorts as part of my fundraising activities. Corporate Lawyers Every technology investment deal usually has at … Continue reading Don’t forget the 3C’s when fundraising for your startup.
Growing up in Ireland being called a tool was a bad thing. But now being a tool is very smart... especially when it comes to increasing your chances of startup success in the tech industry. As a long-time fan of analogies, I like to summarise my thesis along the lines of 'It's easier to get … Continue reading Why the Tools are Winning
I've learnt a lot (and still have a tonne to learn) since founding my first Startup. I've been lucky enough to have met several great founders, mentors and advisers along the way. Most of these meetings have been over coffee, beer, dinner and even once in a gents toilet (!). Therefore I'm always happy to … Continue reading How to get the most from your next ‘Startup Advice’ themed coffee
Here are some great quotes / lessons / extracts that I liked from a recent 'This week in Startups' interview with Naval Ravikant. Naval is the founder and CEO of AngeList and started his first company at 23. The interview is about 50 minutes long but well worth a view if you have the time. … Continue reading How fundraising has changed – 9 Lessons from AngelList founder Naval Ravikant