Following on from last week, we had 3 more days of mentor meetings and 2 great founder stories this week. Exhaustion is beginning to set in and people are all beginning to share their favourite meditation tips and apps. Monday - Mentors and CEO Meeting 100 Mentor Meetings today from 9 to 12.30 CEO Meeting … Continue reading Behind the scenes at Techstars – Week 3
Techstars Accelerator Week 1 Overview
It seems that EVERY corporate is now exploring, starting or investing in their own startup accelerator. For the last few months I’ve had too many ‘groundhog day’ conversations with corporates who ‘are thinking of opening a coworking space / startup accelerator’ and wondering ‘have you any advice?’ I politely smile and say "Yes - but … Continue reading Corporate Accelerators, this seasons must have accessory
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?
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'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