Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
I came here because I knew I wanted to start a business, and it’s hard to do that in France – there’s a lot of bureaucracy and paperwork.
I looked at other countries, and I picked Ireland because it was using the Euro, and it was easy to create a company. I just didnt know what kind of business I wanted to start. I worked for Microsoft for a year, then I worked for Colgate-Palmolive as an IT administrator Im not really an IT guy, but its really easy to find a job in IT in Ireland. After two years there, I just jumped in the startup world full-time. When I dont find something that I want, I just create it myself.
Now I’m the co-founder of a startup that deals with bitcoin and blockchain technology its the future. I also organize Hackers And Founders, a weekly event for startups. Back in France, I studied nanotechnology, I’ve always been interested in everything around tech – I suppose that’s why I’m always looking for new and interesting topics to focus my attention on.
Dublins really interesting for lots of reasons; its small, so you have access to the right people if you want to talk to someone in government its do-able. Then theres Enterprise Ireland, who are really helpful for early stage startups. Its a really interesting place to be based. And it isnt stressful, either, unlike a lot of capital cities. I like to drink coffee my favourite place is Kaph, on Drury Street. Really, really good coffee.
When youre into deep technology, its really hard to find people to talk to the guys in Hackers And Founders are great for that. Its really interesting to have a group of twenty or thirty people that you can talk about anything with. How nerdy can it get? Really nerdy.