Tech Humans Of Dublin # 17: Archie Ravishankar, Bizbaze

Archie Ravishankar Bizbaze

Mapping Dublin’s tech ecosystem, one human at a time.

Gone are the days of having a digital strategy for your business. You have to be digital from day one. And I want to help people to do that.

We’re creating Europe’s first digital marketplace, powered by cognitive computing. The 21st century is the age of micro multi-nationals, where businesses want to go global right from the beginning. There are barriers that prevent them from this: not understanding the language, the legal implications, tax and other regulations on a country-by-country basis. Our platform provides companies with that knowledge. It’s an open, collaborative tool.

We’re in a paradigm shift of cognition – it’s like Cloud, five years ago, a whole new age. I think it’s going to change the way we live, and make our lives a lot easier. People ask me ‘Is cognition going to take my job?’ and I say ‘Not at all – it’s going to make you more effective.’ Everybody wins.

Why Dublin? Coming from Australia, I felt that Ireland has a great ecosystem to startup in – other Australian companies, like CurrencyFair, have already had great success here. And the Australians and Irish get on, they always have, so I decided to choose Dublin as my home. I’ve had amazing support, and I’ve made very good friends. Here, you have a global reach – you’re very close to America, you’re part of the European Union – and there’s this constant cultural synergy. My CTO is German, my cofounder is Hungarian, and my head of testing is English. You have this multicultural diaspora, and a vibrant society. When you start a company, its always lonely, especially at the top – you don’t know where to go, what advice to seek. Here, you can always talk to someone. You don’t get that in other countries.

People have talked to us about relocating to Silicon Valley, but we’re staying here. This is an Irish company, and we’re building it as an Irish company.

Archie Ravishankar is the CEO and cofounder of Bizbaze. Businesses can sign up for the Bizbaze Early Access Program HERE.

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