Mapping Dublin’s tech ecosystem, one human at a time
Im the CEO of Investor Sheet, I provide a tool that makes it easier for startups and investors to basically share information, and take the pain out of their relationship.
Im invested in the startup community here. I curated Startup Digest for a long time, Ive participated in, mentored, and produced a lot of events for Startup Weekend, and then I have a quarterly event that I do myself called Dublin Beta, a meetup for early stage startups. We get sixteen of them into a room together, and bring a couple of hundred of people along to see what they do, its their first shot at some real validation. Thats probably where my heart is in terms of all the events that Im involved with. In each case, somebody needed to do it, and I just went and did it.
When I started the Digest, I was lucky to pull together two or three events a week. Now, typically its between twenty and thirty. The communitys pulled together in an amazing way. You can always very quickly spot a genuine event, put together by people doing it for the right reasons, because theyre passionate about what theyre doing and want to learn. The networking is almost a side effect. So many of the companies that arrive here are always amazed to find out theres so much going on. It makes them feel at home.
I always say that our competitive advantage is our community. We naturally like to network, to help the other person out. Thats just our natural, innate behaviour. I know companies who have looked at London, or Berlin, and they have all this stuff, but its kind of cold. Then you come here, and its electric. Its dynamic. Youve got the large companies coming in, the tier one startups, Irish people and international people setting up businesses here It feels like the foundations for an international hub.
Why do I do what I do? I believe that there are better ways out there to exchange information. And I hope to make some money proving it (laughs).