Rank #1: Interview with Liam Casey (PCH)
Liam's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):
What Liam enjoys most about being an entrepreneur and how he saw an opportunity for PCH.
PCH success at being global from day one of the company.
Liam's inspiration for PCH's Hardware Highway 1 incubator.
Opportunities around innovation from new prototyping renaissance.
Tips from Liam on funding the production process for startups. The do's and the don'ts!
Liam advises investment in design to help scale a company.
Liam tells us why to build and communicate with a customer community.
Ireland as a perfect location for the flow of global information.
Key learnings from Liam's entrepreneurial career.
Dec 11 2014
Rank #2: Interview with Cristina Luminea (ThoughtBox)
Cristina's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):
From her own startup to helping other startups, Cristina shares her experience of helping 25 new startups together with European Pioneers (1.45)
Cristina tells us about the early days of Thoughtbox, from being part of an incubator programme, to throwing away the plan and starting again! (4.31)
Tips for getting the most from an incubator programme (8.06)
The Pros and Cons of a launchpad programme! Cristina's experience of leaving the incubator programme and taking her first steps in the big bad world! (10.31)
The high points of Cristina's startup journey......need some inspiration?...this will inspire you!!! (13.06)
The next phase of Thoughtbox. Cristina talks about building partnerships with Easons and Fyffes (14.30)
The transition from corporate business woman to startup star! (17.00)
Cristina talks about where she thinks startups in Ireland still need funding (20.01)
Entrepreneurs! Support each other! (27.12)
Cristina's contact details (28.11)
Dec 09 2014
Rank #3: Interview with DC Cahalane (Teamwork)
DC Cahalane's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):
DC's computer science background and flair for event management extends to Teamwork.
DC sites the Web Summit as one of the best ways to connect with early adopters.
His mixed love/hate relationship with the term growth hacking.
DC makes the point of seeking out passionate advocates for your startup brand.
Tips on how startups should market themselves to investors: MVP and that first customer.
Why Kickstarter gives startups no excuse to advance their product without funding.
Some pointers in marketing a hardware product vs a software product.
What makes a good hustler and why it is important to a startup.
DC's Cork Startup Weekend and Built in Cork initiatives.
Nov 18 2014
Rank #4: Investing in Wearable Tech (#GLAZEDCon)
These investors knew not to 'miss mobile' and many of them have made the transition to be early adopters on the venture side. Hear their thoughts and opinions on how the EU investment model shakes out in the next few years. Will the EU fall flat or will they see more Tapulous and Angry Birds on the horizon?
Tony Fish, Investor, Author and Entrepreneur, SBT Venture Capital
Board Director with innovation and high growth experience cutting across mobile, web and digital. Having founded, co-founded and sold a number of businesses over the past 25 years, I remain passionate about highly disruptive tech which is fast scaling and at an early stage. Tony has a style which is based on fast iteration, trust, deep involvement, clear decision making, robust financials, transparency and strong open governance controls.
Paul Miller, Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures
Paul's responsibilities are the strategy and partnerships. He was previously co-founder and CEO of education technology startup School of Everything as well as working for the think tanks Demos and Forum for the Future.
Benjamin Joffe, General Partner, HAXLR8R
HAXLR8R ('HAX') is the first accelerator building 'lean hardware startups'. An expert on startup ecosystems with 14 years experience in China, Japan, Korea and USA, he has been invited to speak in over 200 events across 23 countries including at TEDx, SXSW, LeWeb, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC, Stanford, Berkeley and INSEAD. Prior to HAX, Benjamin founded the consultancy Plus Eight Star Ltd., and worked with clients such as Microsoft, Tumblr and Harvard Business School to identify innovative services in Asia's digital space. Benjamin is also an angel investor in Asia-based and hardware startups.
Nov 17 2014
Rank #5: Data Apocalypse in the Wearable World (John Dillon)
John Dillon is responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy and execution for Akamai in EMEA. Previously he held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Alcatel Lucent’s Software and Services business. During this time, he was also executive owner of the company's digital strategy and led their innovation program. Dillon joined Alcatel-Lucent via the acquisition of Velocix, a specialist provider of digital content delivery solutions, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this, Dillon held a number of senior marketing roles at leading tech firs including SurfControl, webMethods, Volantis, Extricity, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. In 2009, Dillon was listed in Streaming Media Magazine's top 10 most influential, innovative and important people in the European online video industry.
Nov 11 2014
Rank #6: Startup Story behind SKULLY - The World's Smartest Motorcycle Helmet (Mitch Weller)
Eight minutes - That's what it took for Wearable World company SKULLY Helmets to hit their target goal of $250,000. They would go on to be the top technology and top Wearable product of all time for Indiegogo raising over $2.44 million. As a curtain call they’ve recently been named a CNN top ten technology to change the world. Hear and learn about what focus, determination, heartache, and luck turned their 2 hard years into an “overnight” success. Also check out the most advanced motorcycle helmet in the world.
Mitch Weller has shared his brother’s passion for motorcycling since before he can remember. This same passion eventually led him to join SKULLY in 2013 after holding Director positions in human resources, operations, and materials logistics. Mitchell served in the US Army, holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and enjoys getting his hands dirty working on motorcycles and cars. With over twenty years of combined riding experience, the Weller brothers are deeply passionate about enhancing motorcycle safety through technology.
Nov 11 2014
Rank #7: Current Trends in the Wearable Economy (#GLAZEDCon)
Redg Snodgrass, CEO and Founder of Wearable World, reviews promising business opportunities in wearable tech, defines areas of substantial growth, and highlights the biggest pain points restricting widespread adoption. Redg is joined by Milo Yiannopoulos, Entrepreneur and Columnist at Business Insider, to answer tough questions about the space including the perceived widespread lack of utility from devices and whether wearables are meeting the expectations of consumers or simply falling short.
Nov 02 2014
Rank #8: Mozilla and the Wearable World (#GLAZEDCon)
Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to six books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.
Oct 31 2014
Rank #9: Startup Journey of Pebble Smartwatch (#GLAZEDCon)
Myriam Joire (tnkgrl) was born wearing combat boots and holding a keyboard; moments later she picked up a soldering iron. She’s been stomping, typing and hacking ever since. After spending years being a code-monkey in the video game industry, she joined Engadget as Senior Mobile Editor and later Pebble as Chief Evangelist. She's been called a "personality" and a "pundit", despite being (in)ternet famous, she’s just a tomboy with a fondness for other queers, punks, nerds, and misbegotten social deviants. She's based in San Francisco
Oct 31 2014
Rank #10: Interview with Redg Snodgrass (Wearable World)
Redg Snodgrass, the founder and CEO at Wearable World, Silicon Valley incubator focused on seed stage Wearable Technology and IoT based companies. Redg is also on the founding team of SKOUT, global mobile social network for meeting new people. Learn about Redg's startup story and get a taste of what it is really like to be an entrepreneur in the 'wearable world'!
Redg's Startup Story (Interview Highlights):
Redg describes network connectivity, personal computing adoption and crowdfunding and how all of these trends came together and created the "Eureka!" moment for his Wearable World incubator initiative.
It's hard to pick favourite wearable technology, but it’s definitely not Google Glass!
Redg's view on current trends in wearable technology.
Are you considering pursuing a startup? Listen to Redg's words of wisdom first!
95% of startups have no clue about building a brand – learn from big brands!
Redg discusses the latest trends and startup scene in Silicon Valley and shares insights into what can other startup ecosystems learn from it.
Redg gives his top tips for your entrepreneurs and startups out there in Ireland.
Reach out to Redg if you need help or advice with your startup!
Oct 21 2014