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Last update: 2014-12-11

Interview with Liam Casey (PCH)

2014-12-11 :: Andrew McCosker

Liam's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

What Liam enjoys most about being an entrepreneur and how he saw an opportunity for PCH.

PCH success at being global from day one of the company.

Liam's inspiration for PCH's Hardware Highway 1 incubator.

Opportunities around innovation from new prototyping renaissance.

Tips from Liam on funding the production process for startups. The do's and the don'ts!

Liam advises investment in design to help scale a company.

Liam tells us why to build and communicate with a customer community.

Ireland as a perfect location for the flow of global information.

Key learnings from Liam's entrepreneurial career.


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Interview with Cristina Luminea (ThoughtBox)

2014-12-09 :: Susan Clarke

Cristina's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

From her own startup to helping other startups, Cristina shares her experience of helping 25 new startups together with European Pioneers (1.45)

Cristina tells us about the early days of Thoughtbox, from being part of an incubator programme, to throwing away the plan and starting again! (4.31)

Tips for getting the most from an incubator programme (8.06)

The Pros and Cons of a launchpad programme! Cristina's experience of leaving the incubator programme and taking her first steps in the big bad world! (10.31)

The high points of Cristina's startup journey......need some inspiration?...this will inspire you!!! (13.06)

The next phase of Thoughtbox. Cristina talks about building partnerships with Easons and Fyffes (14.30)

The transition from corporate business woman to startup star! (17.00)

Cristina talks about where she thinks startups in Ireland still need funding (20.01)

Entrepreneurs! Support each other! (27.12)

Cristina's contact details (28.11)


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Interview with DC Cahalane (Teamwork)

2014-11-18 :: Andrew McCosker

DC Cahalane's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

DC's computer science background and flair for event management extends to Teamwork.

DC sites the Web Summit as one of the best ways to connect with early adopters.

His mixed love/hate relationship with the term growth hacking.

DC makes the point of seeking out passionate advocates for your startup brand.

Tips on how startups should market themselves to investors: MVP and that first customer.

Why Kickstarter gives startups no excuse to advance their product without funding.

Some pointers in marketing a hardware product vs a software product.

What makes a good hustler and why it is important to a startup.

DC's Cork Startup Weekend and Built in Cork initiatives.


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Investing in Wearable Tech (#GLAZEDCon)

2014-11-17 :: Raphael Crouan

These investors knew not to 'miss mobile' and many of them have made the transition to be early adopters on the venture side. Hear their thoughts and opinions on how the EU investment model shakes out in the next few years. Will the EU fall flat or will they see more Tapulous and Angry Birds on the horizon?

Tony Fish, Investor, Author and Entrepreneur, SBT Venture Capital
Board Director with innovation and high growth experience cutting across mobile, web and digital. Having founded, co-founded and sold a number of businesses over the past 25 years, I remain passionate about highly disruptive tech which is fast scaling and at an early stage. Tony has a style which is based on fast iteration, trust, deep involvement, clear decision making, robust financials, transparency and strong open governance controls.

Paul Miller, Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures
Paul's responsibilities are the strategy and partnerships. He was previously co-founder and CEO of education technology startup School of Everything as well as working for the think tanks Demos and Forum for the Future.

Benjamin Joffe, General Partner, HAXLR8R
HAXLR8R ('HAX') is the first accelerator building 'lean hardware startups'. An expert on startup ecosystems with 14 years experience in China, Japan, Korea and USA, he has been invited to speak in over 200 events across 23 countries including at TEDx, SXSW, LeWeb, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC, Stanford, Berkeley and INSEAD. Prior to HAX, Benjamin founded the consultancy Plus Eight Star Ltd., and worked with clients such as Microsoft, Tumblr and Harvard Business School to identify innovative services in Asia's digital space. Benjamin is also an angel investor in Asia-based and hardware startups.


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Data Apocalypse in the Wearable World (John Dillon)

2014-11-11 :: Redg Snodgrass

John Dillon is responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy and execution for Akamai in EMEA. Previously he held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Alcatel Lucent’s Software and Services business. During this time, he was also executive owner of the company's digital strategy and led their innovation program. Dillon joined Alcatel-Lucent via the acquisition of Velocix, a specialist provider of digital content delivery solutions, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this, Dillon held a number of senior marketing roles at leading tech firs including SurfControl, webMethods, Volantis, Extricity, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. In 2009, Dillon was listed in Streaming Media Magazine's top 10 most influential, innovative and important people in the European online video industry.


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Startup Story behind SKULLY - The World's Smartest Motorcycle Helmet (Mitch Weller)

2014-11-11 :: Lorna Blount

Eight minutes - That's what it took for Wearable World company SKULLY Helmets to hit their target goal of $250,000. They would go on to be the top technology and top Wearable product of all time for Indiegogo raising over $2.44 million. As a curtain call they’ve recently been named a CNN top ten technology to change the world. Hear and learn about what focus, determination, heartache, and luck turned their 2 hard years into an “overnight” success. Also check out the most advanced motorcycle helmet in the world.

Mitch Weller has shared his brother’s passion for motorcycling since before he can remember. This same passion eventually led him to join SKULLY in 2013 after holding Director positions in human resources, operations, and materials logistics. Mitchell served in the US Army, holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and enjoys getting his hands dirty working on motorcycles and cars. With over twenty years of combined riding experience, the Weller brothers are deeply passionate about enhancing motorcycle safety through technology.


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Current Trends in the Wearable Economy (#GLAZEDCon)

2014-11-02 :: Milo Yiannopoulos

Redg Snodgrass, CEO and Founder of Wearable World, reviews promising business opportunities in wearable tech, defines areas of substantial growth, and highlights the biggest pain points restricting widespread adoption. Redg is joined by Milo Yiannopoulos, Entrepreneur and Columnist at Business Insider, to answer tough questions about the space including the perceived widespread lack of utility from devices and whether wearables are meeting the expectations of consumers or simply falling short.


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Startup Journey of Pebble Smartwatch (#GLAZEDCon)

2014-10-31 :: Redg Snodgrass

Myriam Joire (tnkgrl) was born wearing combat boots and holding a keyboard; moments later she picked up a soldering iron. She’s been stomping, typing and hacking ever since. After spending years being a code-monkey in the video game industry, she joined Engadget as Senior Mobile Editor and later Pebble as Chief Evangelist. She's been called a "personality" and a "pundit", despite being (in)ternet famous, she’s just a tomboy with a fondness for other queers, punks, nerds, and misbegotten social deviants. She's based in San Francisco


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Mozilla and the Wearable World (#GLAZEDCon)

2014-10-31 :: Redg Snodgrass

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to six books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.


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Interview with Redg Snodgrass (Wearable World)

2014-10-21 :: Andy Byrne

Redg Snodgrass, the founder and CEO at Wearable World, Silicon Valley incubator focused on seed stage Wearable Technology and IoT based companies. Redg is also on the founding team of SKOUT, global mobile social network for meeting new people. Learn about Redg's startup story and get a taste of what it is really like to be an entrepreneur in the 'wearable world'!

Redg's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Redg describes network connectivity, personal computing adoption and crowdfunding and how all of these trends came together and created the "Eureka!" moment for his Wearable World incubator initiative.

It's hard to pick favourite wearable technology, but it’s definitely not Google Glass!

Redg's view on current trends in wearable technology.

Are you considering pursuing a startup? Listen to Redg's words of wisdom first!

95% of startups have no clue about building a brand – learn from big brands!

Redg discusses the latest trends and startup scene in Silicon Valley and shares insights into what can other startup ecosystems learn from it.

Redg gives his top tips for your entrepreneurs and startups out there in Ireland.

Reach out to Redg if you need help or advice with your startup!


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Dublin’s First Hardware Hackathon Panel Discussion with Paddy Cosgrave (WebSummit), Phillip Moynagh (Intel), Liam Casey (PCH International), Will Prendergast (FrontLine), Ben Harris (Drop)

2014-10-12 :: Rado Durina

Panel discussion explores how startups, multinationals and other stakeholders can make Ireland a leading hub for “IoT” innovation and they also gave away some great tips for startups on bringing hardware products to market. The panel was chaired by Paddy Cosgrave (CEO at Web Summit) and featured key industry leaders: Liam Casey – CEO at PCH International, Philip Moynagh –VP IoT at Intel Corporation, Will Prendergast - CEO at Frontline Ventures and Ben Harris - CEO at Drop. If you are involved in the tech startup community, you will find this talk on on the "Internet of Things" insightful and inspirational…


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Interview with Andreea Wade (Brandalism)

2014-10-12 :: Susan Clarke

Andreea Wade, the founder of Brandalism, a startup strategy and digital brand development agency, and also the founder of AskATon, a series of female-friendly events focused on entrepreneurship. She lectured on digital product management at Digital Skills Academy, mentored NDRC, Wayra and New Frontiers startups. Andreea is a co-organiser of the Dublin Startup Weekend, Creative Mornings - Dublin breakfast series, and a member of the Women in Technology and Science (WITS) executive team.

Andreea's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Listen to Andreea describe how she caught the entrepreneurial bug and what her business Brandalism does

Andreea's tips on building a customer base

Andreea tells us what she sees as the pitfalls for young startups in how they mis-use valuable time

The do's and don'ts of building your team

Women entrepreneurs! Hell yea it's different!

Andreea tells us about AskATon, Dublin Startup Weekend and her most recent initiative Startup Hiking Group!

What has made Dublin the go to place for the startup community?

Andreea tells us about the community that has made her the success she is!


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Interview with Ali Zahid (Vanhawks)

2014-10-03 :: Susan Clarke

Ali's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Ali tells us how the idea for his smart bike was born out of the old saying "necessity breeds invention"!

Ali gives us his pitch and explains what's so special about his smart bike Valour

From the Eureka moment to product development. Getting the right people on board was the key.

Vanhawks experience of crowdfunding - how Kickstarter campaign helped their market research and product development.

Pricing! Ali shares his experience of this delicate balancing act!

Ali gives us tips on how a time strapped startup can make the best use of its time.

Ali's 3 key things he wishes someone had told him starting out!

The personal sacrifices of the entrepreneur! But hang in there, it's worth it!


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Interview with Achman Srivastava (Tubett)

2014-09-03 :: Des Martin

Achman's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Check out Tubett.com, a gamified social network of viral videos. If you like fantasy football and viral videos, this is for you!

Learn how Achman and his team have created a game for sharing virals combined with a business model for curating information.

"Launch early and launch lean!" Achman gives his tips on getting your idea to grow.

Achman gives practical advice on how startups should measure their product market fit.

Likes, comments shares, Achman tells us what these really mean for startups looking to generate growth

Only 1 in 100,000 videos goes viral, so what can startups do to make their videos go viral?

Achman gives his experience with incubator programmes for startups

Learn about the startup revolution happening in Dublin now!


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Interview with Alex and Kevin (Signatur)

2014-08-19 :: Des Martin

Signatur's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Signatur's products and solutions to bitcoin storage problems

Factors determing Bitcoin's value

Misconceptions about Bitcoin

Online and Offline Bitcoin Wallets Explained!

The target market for Bitcoin and Signatur's products and why people are using them

Innovations coming soon in open-ledgers, decentralised drop boxes and what this means for people's assets

The startup community in Dublin

Dublin Meetup events and conferences


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Interview with Kevin O'Shaughnessy (CityHook)

2014-08-11 :: Des Martin

Kevin's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

Several factors to success: A startup Journey from CityHook to Indigo

Kevin's insights on how founders run a business in geographical diversity

Kevin's current corporate venture backing from Wayra

Kevin's view on securing funding from Angel Investors

Kevin's tips on how to create a great product and scale a market - Graphic design and software development key skills in Kevin's role

Kevin highlights the importance in learning other disciplines languages - Kevin touches on the world of product market fit

Kevin's summary of trends in the start-up community

Kevin's own experience on being an entrepreneur


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Interview with Ian Lucey (Lucey Technology)

2014-08-06 :: Des Martin

Ian Lucey's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

What Lucey Technology and The Lucey Fund do - the types of startups they are investing in right now.

The 'learning curve of doing'- Ian's experience of building an IT system for a charity and what he was surprised to learn.

Ian's recommendations for raising finance; using the government supports, tax refund schemes and knowing what's available.

The startup mindset vs. the reality of business; Ian tells us some pitfalls to watch out for once you're in business.

Smoke test your business!! This is critical for a startup and cannot be underestimated! And investors want to know if you've done it!

Knowing when to fold! Ian gives us an example of how he sees this as a success.

Ian tells us his experience of micro investments and what types of small businesses he is currently investing in.

Cloud computing - Ian shares his thoughts on why cloud computing has the capacity to revolutionise any kind of business.

Ways to get in contact with Lucey Technology and The Lucey Fund, maybe they can help your startup!


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Interview with Niall Harbison (PicStash)

2014-07-31 :: Jason Roe

Niall's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

- Niall shares his past experience with Dragons' Den and all the lessons learned from his past startup iFoods.

- Tips for startups on how to raise awareness using social media.

- How to go about building first customers when you're starting out.

- Executing startup idea, from the idea in the pub to making it happen!

- Niall's experience with and perceived importance of failing at a startup.

- How Niall started Lovin' Dublin and how he moved it on to a business.

- Story behind Simply Zesty - identifying the moment when he realised it's time to sell and pursue new startup passions.

- "Get Sh*t Done" - what motivated Niall to write his own guide book for other entrepreneurs.

- Niall's next big startup dream.

- Niall's tips on pitching to investors or customers.


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Interview with Conor McNally (ShotClip)

2014-06-20 :: Des Martin

Conor's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

- Conor's startup ShotClip: social movie making at an event & cloud based video editing

- Conor explains ShotClip's pivots and revamps to get the correct product/market fit to attract investors

- His content marketing strategy of building relationships with bloggers in South America that lead to 1000's of users in one day

- Tips on resources necessary to back up a product patent and intellectual property

- Conor's early experience with technical sales and pitching to giants Samsung and Ericsson

- Conor's wide experience of the corporate environment, completing an MBA and now as a fully fledged Founder

- Seed Funds, the Angel Community and the opportunities Accelerator Programmes give to startups in Ireland to get investment


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Interview with Lari Numminen (Zilta)

2014-06-12 :: Des Martin

Lari's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

- Intertwined startup project keeping the Finnish entrepreneur busy in Finland, London and Dublin 

- Lari utilising his Google ad skills helping other startups advance while working on his own startup baby Zilta.co

- The Zilta Smartphone (inspired by baby boomers) meeting the target audiences feature request through innovative approaches

- Using landing page pre-order model as the first point of contact with the customer for market validation for Zilta phones

- Lari compares Dublin's Silicon Quay and Digital Hub centres to the Shoreditch London startup tech centre scene.

- Lari discusses the culture of dealing with Chinese manufacturers and shares his unique insights on global outsourcing

- Lari's view on the internet of everything, wearable technology and Zilta's support from the NDRC Launchpad Accelerator


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Interview with Jason Roe (Predict)

2014-05-20 :: Des Martin

Jason's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):

- Where things started. What motivated Jason to become an entrepreneur - Jason’s view on startup ecosystem and entrepreneur community in Dublin and Ireland  - Jason’s observation of startup accelerators in Ireland - Jason’s tips on networking and startup events in Ireland - Things Jason has learned along his startup journey - Jason’s current startup projects: Parkya and Predict Insights - Jason’s recent growth hacking meetup initiative: Growth Hackers Dublin - Jason’s role with the Irish Internet Association - Jason’s prediction of the hottest industries for start-ups…


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