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Niamh Bushnell

Said goodbye to 16 years in NYC to become the first Dublin Commissioner for Startups. Loving it! CoFounder IDIRUS, angel investor. @NiamhBushnell

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Notes from the Commish: 20,000 Startups?

When I read about the 20,000 new startups in Ireland in 2016 and saw all the positive social media surrounding the announcement, I felt more …

19 January 2017 / By Niamh Bushnell

Richie Power: Saving Cinema From the Edge of the World

Ritchie Power co-founded Showtime Analytics in 2014, aiming to save the cinema industry. In late 2016, Yueke, a subsidiary of China’s Alibaba Pictures, …

13 January 2017 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Not a Swan Song

Over the last few months many of you have been asking about the plan for this Office in 2017 and today I’m delighted …

14 December 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Now That’s an Ecosystem!

I love the broad brief of my role as Startup Commissioner but after two days at the IoT World conference here in Dublin …

23 November 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes for the Commish: Friendship and Empowerment

It feels almost like a luxury to talk about the UK and Brexit in the aftermath of the recent US election, but when …

18 November 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes from the Commish: Let Them Know You Are Irish

When my colleague Sarah asked the guy sharing our taxi in Berlin this Summer where he was from he responded:  “I was in …

21 October 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes from the Commish: T & C Repeat After Me

Irish Startups, your time is almost up to speak out. There’s less than a week to go to Budget Day and many of …

05 October 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

John Ason: Angel Investor Extraordinaire

John Ason has been an angel investor for the past 20 years. Previously, he worked for over 25 years at AT&T, both as an engineer and developing the company’s international business. During that time he worked on “bleeding edge” technology, the perfect backdrop for his future career as an angel investor. John was in Dublin earlier this summer and sat down with Niamh Bushnell to discuss what interests him as an investor, the Dublin-based companies he is excited about and the advice he has for would-be investors.

26 September 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: A Great Idea

Sometimes realizations dawn on you quickly, sometimes slowly and sometimes it takes someone else’s clear thinking to help you see what’s likely been …

15 September 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Apple, Intel and Ireland

Earlier this week Intel, based in Ireland since 1989, bought Irish company Movidius, a world leader in machine vision technology, for north of $350M. …

08 September 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: A Country Sure Of Itself

As we head into the Labor Day weekend here in the US, I’m preparing my goodbyes to in-laws and the beach and packing …

01 September 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes from the Commish: Innovation Anthem

My piece in last Sunday’s Independent: Anticipation. That was the name of the Guinness ad that burst onto our tv screens in the summer of …

24 August 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes from the Commish: Lines and Dots

A couple of years ago, I lost an important client for my startup because I asked them to sign an NDA. The relationship …

17 August 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Cathal Gaffney: From Losing a Garda Job to Winning an Oscar Nomination

Co-founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films Cathal Gaffney talks to the Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. Dublin-based Brown Bag Films is …

05 August 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Love at First Sight

TechIreland was a whole week old yesterday. In its first 7 days in beta it had 2,753 visitors from 38 countries, and they …

13 July 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: It’s Time for TechIreland

Today we’re delighted to announce the launch, in beta, of TechIreland.org, the first-ever database of innovation companies in Ireland. Company by company, sector by …

06 July 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Thanks to Brexit

UK based startups are reeling from Brexit. More than 80% of them wanted to remain in Europe before the vote, and now they’re …

29 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Rory O’Neill: The Bliss of Dublin

Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups, talks with Rory O’Neill, also known as Dr Panti Bliss, our beloved Queen of Ireland, about his love of Dublin, the change our Fair City has seen and its creative future.

24 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Growth Day in Dublin. Remain Day in the UK.

This Wednesday, June 22nd, we’re hosting the Newstalk SaaS Bootcamp Growth Day. 8 of the companies who participated in the 6-month bootcamp will present at the …

22 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Fergus Gloster: An Irishman in SaaS-land

When Irishman Fergus Gloster speaks rooms fall silent. He delivers powerful, unvarnished truths about sales lead times, the cost of customer acquisition and …

20 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: An Open Letter to the Minister

Dear Minister Mitchell O’Connor, Congratulations on your new post as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation. I was excited to hear your early …

17 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Múirne Laffan’s Digital RTÉ: A Story Worth Telling

Múirne Laffan, Chief Digital Officer of RTÉ, talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell about all things RTÉ.

06 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: At The Office This Week

What’s up at the Dublin Startup Commissioner's office this week? Well, let's see... Editors, Data Analysts, and Divers.

03 June 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes from The Commish: Intercom’s Soul

We’re in Berlin at the moment, piggybacking on the Inside Intercom World Tour, to talk about Dublin and the events we’re bringing to the …

26 May 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Hype And Substance

There’s been some recent discussion in the Irish media about startups and whether the government should be run like one. Governments are not businesses and probably shouldn’t be run like a business.

04 May 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Fear Of The New

There are long lines of students outside the US Embassy in Dublin these days, waiting for their J1 visa interviews and the chance to spend the summer working in the States. 20, 30, 40 people at a time in the queue. They’re eager, impatient, and maybe a little sleepy-headed.

28 April 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Dublin’s New Concierge

For over a year now this office has participated in organizing itineraries to Dublin for visiting journalists, investors, governments, corporations and international startups. We’ve learned a lot from this work, namely...

20 April 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: A New Era

Ciara O’Brien of the Irish Times tweeted me an article yesterday about Estonia’s rise as a tech hub. "More competition" she noted, and she’s right, but Ireland easily holds its own against startup hubs in Estonia, the Baltics, and across Europe for that matter.

15 April 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: The People’s Republic Of Tech

This month’s 1st Friday Brekkie was on April 1st so we played an April Fool’s joke. After an engaging presentation on Built in Cork by its founder Donal Cahalane, we announced that since the Cork tech scene was “on fire” the Dublin Commissioner for Startups office was moving to Cork!

06 April 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

The Commish Writes: Your Speaking Notes

You may not be joining us in Austin but you travel, you talk, you engage people and you too can be a great ambassador for Dublin.

09 March 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Dublin Makes Me

On Friday March 11th, Dublin Makes Me, a series of remarkable events to celebrate Dublin as a city of creativity and innovation, will launch at South by South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

25 February 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Space MatchMakers

Through the course of our work at this office, we’ve found a consistent problem faced by Dublin startups – office space. With that in mind, we’ve decided to play matchmaker and connect those with spare capacity, with those that need it.

16 February 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: The Essentials – Brekkie, Traction and Travel

Startups come to the office looking for advice on many things, but three recurring themes are space, recruitment and funding.

10 February 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: The Roots of Ambition

The non-news of last week for me was the revelation that “less than 3 per cent” of VC money went into female founder …

02 February 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Creating Global Connections

Back in May 2014 while prepping for my Commissioner interview I asked Shane Reiser of Startup Genome why Dublin wasn’t ranked as a …

27 January 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: The Might Of Mentors

MFS, our Mentoring for Scale experiment is now 8 sessions old and working really well. 10 mentors and 10 scaling companies, 2 hours …

20 January 2016 / By Niamh Bushnell

Phorest’s Ronan Perceval: Going The Distance

The Big Read, sponsored by Vodafone: Dublin’s Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell talks to Ronan Perceval, Founder and CEO of Dublin-based software success …

18 December 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Funding With Caution

When Peter Connor asked me to write the foreword to Bullet’s updated guide to government funding for startups I was initially a little …

08 December 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Our Next Big Opportunity

“Irish startups are global companies,” Sean Blanchfield told me in his warm, matter of fact way when we bumped into each other on …

01 December 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: And The Winners Are…

I’m delighted to announce the participants for our Newstalk Saas Bootcamp, run in conjunction with Gary Leyden and his great team at the …

23 November 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

WP Engine’s Heather Brunner: Lone Star State Of Tech

In the coming weeks, we’ll be speaking with a choice selection of the global tech luminaries who visited Dublin for Web Summit 2015. …

17 November 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Hey Dublin

Hey Dublin, here’s an idea for you: Instead of hosting Web Summit in 2016, let’s headline it. Instead of being subsumed by the …

10 November 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Twilio’s Jeff Lawson: A Unicorn Speaks

Twilio Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Lawson is in Dublin today, to speak at the closing day of Web Summit. Founded in 2007, Twilio …

05 November 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

AdRoll’s Adam Berke: “Dublin has been a big success for us.”

AdRoll is a global leader in retargeting, with over 15,000 active advertisers around the world. Established in San Francisco in 2007, the company’s …

04 November 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Fast Global Friends

Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell writes from Hong Kong: Following an impressive tour of PCH’s facilities in Shenzhen, Niamh Given and I …

28 October 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

HealthXL’s Martin Kelly: We Care A Lot

HealthXL CEO Martin Kelly talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. The Big Read, sponsored by Vodafone. Founded in Dublin, HealthXL connects …

27 October 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Jules Coleman: Hassle Are Cleaning Up

The Big Read, sponsored by Vodafone: Leixlip native Jules Coleman is the Co-Founder and CEO of London-based home cleaning service Hassle. Coleman co-founded …

16 October 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Announcing #HostAStartup

Today we’re excited to launch Host a Startup in partnership with Web Summit. As our StartupDublinHosts.com website explains: Host a Startup is an …

13 October 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Speaking About Year 2

I spoke at the launch of the Startup Gathering on Monday. I started by explaining that what I love most about the Gathering …

07 October 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: The Icing On The Cake

So, how will the tech ecosystem in Ireland be affected by the loss of Web Summit? The FT reporter asked me on the …

29 September 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Tel Aviv Tales # 2

Why they double down on data… Last Monday in hot, dusty Tel Aviv I met the team behind Startup Nation Central (SNC), a …

16 September 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Chief Scientist, I’m Impressed.

With must-see European tech capitals like Berlin and London already ticked off the list, I landed early last Sunday morning into Tel Aviv …

10 September 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Pivotal Labs’ Kevin Olsen: “We’re Trying To Change The Way The World Builds Software.”

The Big Read, sponsored by Vodafone. Pivotal Labs Director Kevin Olsen talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. Currently based in Dogpatch …

04 September 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

NetHope: How NGOs Are Using Tech For Change

The Big Read, powered by Vodafone. David Goodman of NetHope talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. NetHope members from across the …

14 August 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Navigating New York

We’ve just come to the end of another interesting pilot here at the Commissioner’s office – a three month New York virtual accelerator, …

12 August 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Why Ireland Needs SEIS

On July 10th, the 40 plus members of the Dublin Startup Leaders Group, which I founded, formally responded to a Department of Finance …

05 August 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

CarTrawler’s Bobby Healy: Driving Dublin Travel Tech

CarTrawler CTO Bobby Healy talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. Established in 2004, CarTrawler are one of Ireland’s most successful Travel …

31 July 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Bill McKiernan: The Chairman Of The Board

Online commerce pioneer Bill McKiernan talks to Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. Irish-American entrepreneur William (Bill) McKiernan is president of WSM Capital, …

24 July 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: What I Learned As A Founder

I spoke at the wonderful InspireFest last week – as part of the Founder series – and offered up 10 lessons from my …

30 June 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Straight Shooter: Enda Talks Tech

I met Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his office in Government Buildings. He was warm and casual and funny as usual. He told me …

26 June 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: We (The People) Speak Dublin Tech and Party!

This Friday, June 26th, after a three month period of gestation, our publication Dublin Globe launches officially to the world. It all started …

24 June 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Inside Eamon Leonard: Tracing The Roots Of Dublin Tech

The Big Read, powered by Vodafone: Eamon Leonard is a founder, an advisor to startups, an angel investor, and a tech community organiser. …

19 June 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

John Flynn: Tales From A VC Veteran

John Flynn is currently the chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association. The Big Read, powered by Vodafone. Flynn is also the Managing …

12 June 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Declan Ryan Talks Tech, Tax And Dublin: “We’re Lucky to Be Here”

The second part of our exclusive interview with entrepreneur Declan Ryan. Declan Ryan is the founder and Managing Partner of Irelandia Aviation, one …

22 May 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Why Dublin? The Dublin Data Initiative Gets Into Gear

The launch of the Dublin Data Initiative marks the next critical evolution of Dublin’s startup ecosystem. A taskforce featuring Startup Genome, Dublin’s Startup …

19 May 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Declan Ryan: “If we focus on the things that we’re good at, then we can lead.”

Entrepreneur Declan Ryan talks to the Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell. Declan Ryan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Irelandia Aviation, …

15 May 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Introducing The DSSI (Dublin Startup Space Initiative)

From the desk of the Dublin Commissioner For Startups: Patrick Walsh and Edel Flynn, both entrepreneurs and founders of coworking spaces here in …

28 April 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell

Notes From The Commish: Wonderful Women Speak Up!

From the desk of the Dublin Commissioner For Startups: A simple idea occurred to me over the weekend. I was thinking about how …

22 April 2015 / By Niamh Bushnell