Blending Traditional Irish Music with Entrepreneurship.

This week I find myself sharing my passion about two things that on the surface feel very different but make very natural compadres to me. There’s a world of people who really want to start their own business and are unsure of how. My work bringing Founder Institute to Dublin is aimed at making those […]

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Which customer to focus on – the biggest decision every start-up has to make ASAP.

TLDR:Choose one customer persona, learn who influences them, then influence the influencer. It was my great pleasure to attend NDRC’s second investor day of 2016 yesterday when no less than twenty brand new companies were showcased. Each start-up is a business built around opportunities spotted because of deep domain knowledge. Whether it was lessons learned […]

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‘The top five skills on Linkedin were invented in the past five years.” Julie Spillane, Accenture at FutureScope

Not only was Snow Furnace involved in arranging the FutureScope conference, we were also involved in filming and editing the entire event and now beginning today we’re at the centre of sharing that content. FutureScope on the day was the most focused information sharing session I’ve ever attended and I’ve been to lots of conferences. […]

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Apple or Anglo?

Attracting foreign companies to Ireland has done us a lot of good. Apple or Anglo Irish Bank, who would you choose? We have to appeal the European Commission ruling for many reasons. If we don’t Apple could sue us anyway. Apple have paid tax based on the revenue generated within Ireland. They haven’t paid tax […]

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The World Is Getting Flatter

Some people hate the fact that the internet is eating everything but it’s unavoidable. The world is getting flatter everyday and it’s because of this thing called the internet. Everything we know is being transformed not just by access to information but by how we are applying tech to process information streams. We’re only at […]

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This took me twenty years to learn and I’m sharing it in 600 words.

It’s bizarre to say that it took me almost twenty years to fully appreciate the difference between the creative and business worlds. In the business world I’m considered a creative yet I always bristle at that tag. The global definition of ‘creative’  has changed a lot in my lifetime. When I was a teen, creatives […]

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Commodore 64 Flashback!

We’ve just published a piece on the FutureScope blog that opened up a flood of memories. Stripe’s Head Of EU Operations Don O’Leary namechecked the Commodore 64 as his favourite piece of hardware ever. We were a Spectrum and later Amstrad household but my classmate Dermot Salmon and we spent many hours playing Mission Impossible […]

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What would you do with access to Ryanair’s 100m customers?

That’s the question Ryanair CTO John Hurley will be asking at #FutureScope on May 31st. I know I’m not the only one paying close attention to Ryanair. Over the past 18 months they have confounded everyone by discovering that being cuddlier was worth an extra 20 million + passengers. That’s been the story that’s been […]

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What’s so great about FutureScope?

FutureScope is a not-for-profit Irish focused tech conference with a clear mission – creating new opportunities. I’m delighted to be on board as their managing editor as they are a Snow Furnace client. The power behind FutureScope is Dublin BIC, who have been tirelessly  assisting Irish tech businesses for 25+ years. Dublin BIC have been beavering away […]

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The Road Not Taken

2016 is a very important centenary. It was one hundred years ago that ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost was published. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—     I took the one less traveled by,     And that has made all the difference.” I love that poem but it’s not […]

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