One of the most frequent questions I hear from 1st time founders is ‘How do I raise venture capital?’. There are so many smarter people blogging about this (for example Paul Graham, Naval Ravikant, Mark Suster, Brad Feld and Fred Wilson) but I think you can break it down into 2 ways; the 'Data Way' or … Continue reading 2 Ways to Raise Venture Capital
It often seems like the whole world is trying to produce the next Silicon Valley, or at the very least, a globally recognised startup city / accelerator / community, that is in everyone's ‘Top 10 List’ for startup locations. Every day more and more journalists and bloggers are writing about the ‘Next Silicon Valley’ or … Continue reading 2 KPIs for measuring startup eco-systems
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 Don’t confuse a startups beachhead with their vision
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