There have been over 300 new startups launched in Dublin over the last year. It’s a great stat and one which genuinely underpins our ‘startup country’ marketing. I think there’s a growing realisation that our entire growth strategy is essentially predicated on starting new companies. Unfortunately I don’t think people have also grasped that failure is an essential part of this same strategy. [click to continue…]
This is a difficult post for me to write. I think starting a company is one of the most valuable things that anyone can do. I’ve started a few and helped some other people do the same. But the suggestion by the Irish Times that older people should consider angel investing as a retirement activity is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. [click to continue…]
I was at F.ounders for about ten seconds last week (I know, I know) and met only a fraction of the awesome people I should have. However I did get to have coffee with the mother of a young developer who’s just entered secondary school (high school). [click to continue…]
It’s become worryingly apparent that not everyone seems to know the basics of Star Wars. And by ‘everyone’ I mostly mean girls. Don’t yell at me for the gender bias, I’m just calling it as I see it. It’s a sad indictment of our education system that there is now at least one generation who doesn’t recognise the little green chap on the Vodafone ads. I created a quick set of cram notes to help fix this. [click to continue…]
At the risk of turning into Tyler ‘Creme’ Brulee, this is a bit of an airline rant. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Virgin Atlantic over the last year or so. I”ve also been travelling with Virgin America with greater frequency. And whereas the latter has become an experience I look forward to, I’m increasingly dreading my transatlantic flights more and more. Richard, I think it’s time we had a bit of a chat. [click to continue…]
Sean and I put our heads together to make a list of Irish people under forty who are leading the startup and technology scene. Watch these names closely. This post has been jointly published here and on Sean’s blog at seanblanchfield.com. [click to continue…]
I’ve been hopping around SF, LA and London for the last few months, working out of a variety of shared working spaces. From a very mixed set of experiences, I’ve concocted a set of rules which make for happy space-sharing and almost no murder. [click to continue…]
Had a chat with the always-awesome Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg. And yes, my chest hair is real.
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EA don’t have a great track record in holding on to people. The news that they are shutting down or significantly downsizing PopCap in Dublin and Shanghai has unfortunately reinforced that. Unfortunately, they seem to be a casualty of EA’s general problems which have led to the recent rumours of private equity interest in the company.
UPDATE: Apparently I’m wrong and this move didn’t have any input from EA management. Hmm.
Best wishes to all the PopCap folks and any companies with vacancies, please leave them in the comments below.
I’m a bit of a junkie for self-monitoring. Most recently I’ve watched my rather disturbing sleep patterns with LARK and used the living dead to increase my fitness with Zombies, Run. So when Nike announced they weren’t (initially) releasing the Fuelband in Europe, I was pretty upset. Teeth were gnashed. Kittens were maimed. Eventually I got one. Two months in and here are my thoughts. [click to continue…]