Over the first year of Dublin Globe, weve published a series of Big Reads with a number of heavy hitters in the extended Dublin tech community. Here, a choice selection of interviewees tell us exactly why Dublin is a tech hub to reckon with.
Liam Casey, PCH:
Dublin doesnt have to copy anywhere else, it just has to be the best it can be. We need to look at whats working, and whats not working, and do more of what is its that simple. And if youre not failing at some things, then youre not trying hard enough.
Bobby Healy, Cartrawler:
Dublin is cool. And I always look back at what Bono did and all the cool stuff that came with it. It makes a difference. Before there was substance, cool came and that attracted people with substance and fostered substance.
Jules Coleman, Hassle:
I think it’s very easy as a founder to constantly look for the blockers or the reasons why you can’t be successful. If I’d been in Dublin looking to start a business, I think it would have been very easy for me to say I can’t raise money because I’m not in London and that’s where the investors are, and it’s not as big a city and all this stuff, but actually having launched our business in Dublin last year, it’s our fastest growing market anywhere. It’s taken off like wildfire. I realize now that I would have been creating excuses for myself in that environment.
Adam Berke, AdRoll:
Dublin has been a big success for us, and it was the right move at the right time. To get our foot in the door of being a global company a couple of years ago. Dublin was the right place to build that foundation and start that process, and we could build on that foundation to expand globally from there. Now we have offices in Dublin, London, Sydney, Tokyo and it all started from a small team from Dublin.
Emmet Ryan, Connected Magazine:
Dublins come a long way. On a basic level, socially, theres a lot more variety in terms of things to do, places to drink, places to eat, and its really compact. To me, Dublin is big, but then I grew up here. If you think an office is close in the Palo Alto region, youre probably still talking about a serious drive. Here, its usually a ten-minute walk. At thats at my pace (laughs), for most people its probably five.
Kevin Olsen, Pivotal Labs:
I cant tell you what a pleasure its been to plug in and meet everybody. And you can tell that Dublin is extremely proud of what its created. Its an incredible thing that you guys have built here. Theres a lot of excitement to see where it goes next. And youre starting to get these big startups with their Series C raises, thats a really good sign that this is going to be a substantial technology scene.
Reza Chowdhury, AlleyWatch:
I am quite impressed by what is happening in Dublin. A number of fundamental factors including a highly skilled workforce, established multinationals like Facebook and Google with presences in the city and proximate geography to a number of important markets make Dublin poised to continue this growth. Im optimistic about the caliber of startups I came across and the level of enthusiasm with in the community. Combined with initiatives like the Dublin Globe and the work of the office of the Commissioner of the Dublin Startups, Dublin is on its way to becoming a vibrant, world class destination for innovation.
Declan Ryan, Irelandia Aviation:
Were lucky to be (based) here on Barrow Street, because at seven oclock in the morning its like Grand Central Station you have all these people getting their cups of coffee and heading into Google or Twitter or any number of other companies Dublin is a phenomenal centre for ideas, and development, and I dont think the rest of the world knows about it as much as they should.
Pamela Newenham, Irish Times:
I see Dublin learning things from San Francisco. One thing I think weve learned is that people in Silicon Valley are really good at sharing contacts, and doing introductions, and thats something thats happening in Dublin now. I think Irish people used to be a lot more sensitive about sharing information, and helping each other. That mentality is gone. Everybody is glad to do whatever they can to help people to get ahead. And they feel good about helping other people. Its beneficial to everyone in the tech community.
Danielle Ryan, Roads:
I didnt mean to necessarily start my business from here. I came home because of my children and because, well, this is home. But then I started realizing just how exciting Dublin is these days. And thats got to do with a lot of young companies that are doing amazing things, especially in the startup sector. Theyre small. Theyre like us, theyre dynamic, very ambitious, very trendy So, Im always proud to showcase Irish stuff, and use a lot of Irish talent on various things we do. I also find that because its smaller theres less distraction, in a way. I can concentrate in Dublin in a way I dont think Id be able to do in London, or New York.