Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
My career has been a series of happy accidents. I connected to Mark Little, the founder of Storyful, via Twitter. I was leaving another job and wandered into Storyful that way – that opened up a huge amounts of ideas and opportunities. I spent three incredibly exciting years there.
I started Near Future because I saw a gap for a boutique consultancy helping people to figure out what they want to do with their business, where they want to go. I always say that you have to stay open to things, keep your mind open to ideas and innovation. That’s what has worked for me.
I think Dublin is a fabulous city. Everybody talks about Ireland being another Silicon Valley. I say be unique, be individual. Let’s be Digital Dublin. It’s a small city, but it’s a global city, we have a wonderful talent pool, an amazing cross-section of art and storytelling, of science and technology, a lot of young people coming from all over the world to work in multinationals, some of whom settle down here – a huge cross-fertalization going on.
I think we’re potentially in the middle of a renaissance in Dublin: cuturally, technology-wise, business-wise… Ironically, being in a startup in 2010, at the height of the recession, we were worried about trying to keep our business together – in some respects, the amount of optimism we had insulated you from the broader despair going on at the time. Now, it’s almost as if elements of that enthusiasm have infected the broader ecosystem.
I love Dublin. I love the sea, for starters. I started running again about a year ago – I run around the harbour in Dun Laoghaire, out on the pier. I was coming into the city centre this morning, watching the sun rise over Dublin Bay. There’s nothing like it.