Notes From the Commish: A Year for Spoofers?

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Happy New Year folks and what a year 2017 is already shaping up to be.

It was superb to see such a strong and positive response to the 2016 Review of Dublin Tech we published just before the holidays. Thousands of readers and reactions later, the one I appreciated the most was a conversation on Twitter between two guys in Melbourne, Australia: Hey, says one, do we have a report like this on the Melbourne tech scene? No, we don’t, says the other, not with everything in one place.

And right there the value of this office was perfectly communicated – a unified voice and platform that promotes what’s going on in Dublin and, at its best, makes compelling sense of it for people here, and across the world.

It’s a topic that also came up in my interview with Richard Curran on RTE Radio’s The Business on Saturday – a packed 15 minutes of conversation about entrepreneurship, tax policy, strategic clusters and TechIreland.

Some people who heard it told me they were surprised to learn that entrepreneurs and self employed people pay more income tax in Ireland than PAYE workers: “I thought entrepreneurs were all young people who have an idea and make millions out of it!” I wish! I’ll be writing about this seemingly ingrained misconception and the real challenges facing Irish entrepreneurs in a future post.

At the end of our interview, Richard asked me what advice I had for women entrepreneurs. I’ve written about my personal experience as an entrepreneur many times before, and one of the lessons I learned was this: Have the confidence to sell a future that doesn’t yet exist, not just what you know right now.

So, you’re saying that men are better spoofers than women? asked Richard. Yes, I responded, much better.

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