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The Digital Irish Podcast tells a global story of Irish innovation.

Successful Irish entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and global leaders share their journey on the path to success within Ireland and abroad.
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Engineering a Sustainable Future with Conall Laverty - Wia

Digital Irish PodcastMay 16, 2023

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Engineering a Sustainable Future with Conall Laverty - Wia

Engineering a Sustainable Future with Conall Laverty - Wia

wio.io 

Conall Laverty, is the Founder & CEO of Wia, an Irish startup that provides sustainability companies with cloud infrastructure to utilise the Internet of Things. He is a key figure in the global Internet of Things ecosystem and was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he co-founded OSV, one of the fastest growing hardware movements to develop open source ventilators with over 7,000 engineers, designers and medical professionals.

From County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Conall was previously CTO of Big Motive, a creative technology company based in London and Belfast. There he architected and developed products for BBC, Net-a-Porter and Channel 4. He was also Technical Director of Woogie, an innovation consultancy who has worked with Cambridge Silicon Radio, Deezer and startups throughout Ireland. He attained a First Class Honours Masters from Queen’s University Belfast in Computer Games Development. 

Speaker engagements include Mobile World Congress, Dublin Tech Summit, RIOT, Web Summit, TechConnect, ICONs Festival, Google, Facebook.

Publications include Bloomberg, Forbes, TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance, Irish Times, Fora, Silicon Republic, Sunday Business Post, Business World

Awards and Accolades

Nominated for Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2020

JCI Outstanding Young People Awards for 2020

Forbes 30 Under 30 2019

Blackbox Connect 23 2018

Sunday Business Post 30 Under 30 2018

Digital DNA Young Person of the Year 2017

IIA Startup of the Year 2017

NDRC Launchpad Winner 2016

This episode is hosted by⁠ ⁠⁠Dave Byrne⁠

May 16, 202350:50
What Overcoming Adversity Can Teach Aspiring Entrepreneurs - Greta Dunne, Marker Content

What Overcoming Adversity Can Teach Aspiring Entrepreneurs - Greta Dunne, Marker Content

After building a viewership of 4 million across two online magazines, Greta Dunne designed Marker Content and launched it last year.  Marker Content is an online library of evergreen articles that you can download and edit for use on your own website or social media platforms. Now reaching 75,000 contributors, she's aiming to build the biggest content marketplace in the world; written by writers, not robots Through all of this work, Greta has faced personal adversity - which offered her unique perspective and learnings she is now applying to her life as a founder and business leader This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne
Apr 26, 202355:52
A New Yorkers Learnings From Working in the Irish Startup Ecosystem - Chris Walla, Dogpatch Labs
Apr 04, 202347:23
Building a solopreneur community - Diarmaid Ó Fátharta, Tonnta

Building a solopreneur community - Diarmaid Ó Fátharta, Tonnta

Diarmaid is the founder of Tonnta (tonnta.io), a pioneering platform that simplifies inbox management for solopreneurs. Diarmaid's early career saw him work at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the University of Galway ISS department before venturing to New York in 2017 to join On The Stage, a company specializing in technological solutions for the creative arts market. Since starting Tonnta, Diarmaid has worked tirelessly to build both the platform and its community, with a global solopreneur market firmly in his sights. He has participated in Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers program and the NDRC Pre-Accelerator, with the goal of developing Tonnta into a sustainable and thriving business. As well as bootstrapping Tonnta, Diarmaid is a Product Management Consultant (diarmaid.info) and founder of Empathy Jam Galway, a project he conceived during his time in New York in collaboration with Empathy Jam NYC.

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne

Mar 14, 202351:12
Building an open and trusted Metaverse - Edwina Fitzmaurice, EY
Feb 28, 202352:59
[Update on Previous Guest] Olus Education Raising Seed Round
Feb 14, 202301:21
HoloGen - Barry Haughey
Jan 30, 202350:23
Gamerfest - Stuart Dempsey
Jan 10, 202351:24
IDA Ireland: Gemma Allen

IDA Ireland: Gemma Allen

Gemma Allen is the vice president of B2C technology at IDA Ireland. In her current role with IDA Ireland, she is responsible for building relations with Executive decision makers, business leaders, political stakeholders and key industry players to secure foreign direct investment into Ireland. Allen is based in New York City and has over 17 years’ experience working with the world’s largest technology companies in the U.S. and Europe. She is a contributor for Nasdaq.com and writes as a thought leader on topics related to Women in Tech, workplace culture and the future of work. She is a board member of the NYC Foreign Trade Commission and a member of various industry bodies and forums such as Women in Tech Industry (WITI), Chief, and Innovation Women She is the founder of ‘Neart Na Mna’, a support forum for women to drive awareness and support for postnatal depression in the workplace. She lives in Brooklyn NY with her Husband Leo and two children, Esme and Edie.

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne

Dec 07, 202254:11
Manna: Bobby Healy
Nov 29, 202244:30
Inclusio - Sandra Healy
Oct 26, 202245:39
PepTalk - James Brogan
Sep 27, 202250:53
Ireland Ambassador of Women in AI - Begum Genc
Sep 13, 202242:26
Enterprise Ireland - Sean Davis
Aug 30, 202242:00
HoloToyz - Kate Scott & Declan Fahy
Jul 20, 202248:32
Zai: Paul Byrne
Jun 10, 202244:10
[Announcement] From Fake News To Deep Fakes: NYC - 16th June

[Announcement] From Fake News To Deep Fakes: NYC - 16th June

Please join our last Digital Irish event before the summer break on Thursday, June 16th from 6pm at the Irish Consulate, where we are delighted to host a special panel with Glamour’s Samantha Barry, Newswhip’s Paul Quigley and Malachy Browne from the New York Times, moderated by Conde Nast’s Rachel Quigley.

The problem of misinformation — and the right approach to it for regulators and social media platforms — is turning into one of the most divisive political issues of the 2020s. Every major news story brings a swarm of counter stories — from covid to the capitol riot, the Ukraine invasion to vaccines. Can measures like the Disinformation Governance Board (suspended after just three weeks) and the Digital Services Act actually foster much-needed transparency? Or will the rising power of deep fake video and niche platforms see us all disappearing into our own “truths”?  All this and more will be discussed by our expert panel.

Get your tickets: https://digitalirish.com/from-fake-news-to-deep-fakes/

2017 Event Details: https://digitalirish.com/icymi-the-rise-of-fake-news-leading-irish-professionals-have-their-say/

Jun 08, 202203:30
[Announcement] Sustainability: The Biggest Opportunity In Business Right Now

[Announcement] Sustainability: The Biggest Opportunity In Business Right Now

Join us on Thursday May 26 at 6:15pm at BT HQ in London for a fireside chat and drinks with Anne-Marie Tomchak to hear about how sustainability is changing the face of business. There will also be a showcase of some top startups in sustainability.

Since starting out as a journalist in RTE almost 20 years ago, Anne-Marie has been an innovator across news, technology and fashion. She launched the social media investigative unit BBC Trending, she has led editorial teams at Mashable and British Vogue and her television documentary work is on the Irish curriculum.

Now Anne-Marie is part of a new wave of impact entrepreneurs bringing fresh thinking to the way we engage with sustainability. Her company DesignTracker helps people decarbonise their homes – something that must happen for the UK to meet climate targets. She’s also a co-founder of the circular fashion non-profit ShareJoy which sells preloved clothing to raise funds for mental health charities.

This chat with Anne-Marie will look at how technology and fashion are contributing to the future of the planet and how optimists from a range of backgrounds can help solve the world’s biggest problem and transform business as we know it.

Anne-Marie will be in conversation with Ciara Riordan who is a Social Media Editor at the BBC and an award winning journalist, presenter and producer. She previously interviewed Sir David Attenborough and this went viral when she asked him what animal he would be for a day! (Answer: A sloth!).

Doors Open at 6:15pm with registration and drinks. Doors closing at 7pm when the event will start.


https://digitalirish.com/sustainability-the-biggest-opportunity-in-business-right-now/

May 17, 202202:56
Niall Horgan - Gym + Coffee
May 10, 202241:55
[Event Announcement] Aidan O’Sullivan of Shapeways

[Event Announcement] Aidan O’Sullivan of Shapeways

Please join us for our next Digital Irish event at Bank of Ireland NYC Hub, where we’ll host Aidan O’Sullivan of Shapeways, to discuss the past, present and future of 3D printing - more details here: https://digitalirish.com/from-novelty-to-supply-chain-game-changer-the-evolution-of-3d-printing/

During the event, we will be fundraising for Rapid Response Ukraine - rapidresponseukraine.com

They can get the most urgently required medicines to battlefield hospitals when the larger organisations cannot.

100% of their funds, go toward purchasing and supplying these medicines to where they are most needed.

Mar 31, 202202:20
[Event Trailer] Life After COVID, How Tech Sales Is Evolving

[Event Trailer] Life After COVID, How Tech Sales Is Evolving

On Monday, February 14th at 12pm (New York, 5pm Ireland) we’re delighted to welcome a panelist of tech sales experts to discuss their views on the evolving sales landscape post-COVID.

Joining the Zoom panel:

Sarah-Anne Collins – Director, LinkedIn Darragh Fitzpatrick – SVP, Rollworks Shane Murphy-Reuter – CMO, ZoomInfo Debbie Wogan – CRO, TVSquared

Recently appointed Digital Irish board member Brian O’Reilly (VP of Sales, Customer Success & Operations at Melio) will lead the discussion.

RSVP HERE: https://app.glueup.com/event/life-after-covid-how-tech-sales-is-evolving-37779/

MORE INFORMATION: https://digitalirish.com/life-after-covid-how-tech-sales-is-evolving/

Feb 11, 202200:53
Olus: Gavin Molloy

Olus: Gavin Molloy

https://www.olusedu.com

Gavin is the Chief Product Officer and Co-founder at Olus Education. Olus supports digital learning in two key areas:

Core digital skills in primary and secondary schools Advanced digital learning and computer science skills at home (extracurricular)

Olus offers much needed resources for schools and students as the demand for coding, creative media and cloud skills continues to grow; through a professional development tool, as well as a personal learning platform for 7-18 year olds.

Prior to Olus, Gavin worked as a senior ICT consultant at the City Learning Centre in London. He also worked as a primary school teacher (in Ireland and the UK), a Digital Learning lecturer in St Patrick's College (Drumcondra) and an Education and Media Officer at Trocaire (NGO). In total, he has been working in education and ICT for over fifteen years.

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne

Dec 07, 202145:58
MeetingRoom - Jonny Cosgrove
Oct 25, 202145:23
Goodrays - Eoin Keenan
Oct 12, 202144:52
Prohibition Partners - Stephen Murphy
Sep 08, 202151:56
Altum International: Fiachra Mullen

Altum International: Fiachra Mullen

Fiachra is a marketing specialist, innovation enthusiast and entrepreneur with a long-held passion for the health benefits of cannabinoids and a focus on commercial opportunities within the rapidly-expanding global recreational and medical cannabis markets.

In 2015, he launched California’s first discrete, full metal disposable cannabis pen through the medical dispensary channel. This, combined with prior experience as Marketing Director in the Chinese FMCG and travel retail segments, allowed Fiachra to bring to Altum highly relevant category experience, as well as brand-building and marketing acumen. Since 2018, he has helped lead Altum’s mission to increase the availability and understanding of cannabinoids across Asia-Pacific; achieved through consumer brands such as Felix & Co and business brands such as LIFE CBD, in addition to initiatives such as Found Café, the first CBD café and retail store in Asia-Pacific.

In this episode, Fiachra discusses the evolution of the CBD industry as a consumer goods industry, how Altum are building a brand that resonates, along with why he and many other Irish people are innovating in this area.

Aug 04, 202147:60
Super Critical Brands: Mark Collins

Super Critical Brands: Mark Collins

Mark Collins has fast become renowned as a successful entrepreneur and consultant in corporate cannabis; as well as an advisor for new businesses and entrepreneurs.
Since 2015, he has helped build brands such as Bloom Farms and Otto. He also has raised over $260MM in capital for companies as diverse as MedMen and Harborside across coffee and cannabis; most recently raising $9.4MM round for hemp-product maker HemptownUSA in 2020.
Before making the pivot to cannabis, he worked with some of the biggest brands in the world such as CNN, P&G, Kraft Foods & TimeWarner.
In this episode, Mark discusses the history of cannabis and it’s Irish connections, why he pivoted to this industry, and the variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs to make an impact in this multibillion dollar industry.
This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne

May 26, 202145:06
Cilter: Rena Maycock

Cilter: Rena Maycock

Rena Maycock was recently named in the Sunday Independents top 30 women in tech - thanks to her work as founder and CEO of Cilter.
Cilter are developing child-protection software for smartphones that keeps children safe from bullying, coercion and grooming and aims to help prevent child-suicide by alerting parents to imminent threats presented to their child via their smartphone.
Before Cilter, Rena co-founded Intro Matchmaking - which remains Ireland’s largest nationwide dating agency - and was chief executive office at iRadio Ireland.
In this episode, we discuss Rena's passion for making smartphone use safe for children, why safety online is more important than ever, and how Cilter are tackling these challenges head on.

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne

Apr 28, 202142:37
SISU: Pat Phelan

SISU: Pat Phelan

Welcome to Season 2 of the Digital Irish Podcast.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Pat Phelan has built and sold a number of companies in the telecoms and software space, including Trustev and Cubic Telecom.  

He is also recognized as one of Europe's most influential software innovators. He is also a serial investor in, and advisor to, a number of organisations.

Mar 18, 202150:50
Alison: Mike Feerick

Alison: Mike Feerick

What is the future of education in a virtual world? Mike Feerick, CEO of Alison, has a unique insight into how this $5 Trillion industry is about to turn on its head. Companies like Alison, who offer free enrollment to thousands of online courses that have produced over 3 million graduates are challenging the status quo of traditional education. 

Much like technology transformed the music Industry and the news Industry, we are now seeing the same transformation take hold in the education industry. In this interview, we discuss why Mike believes corporates will play a key role in the education of their employees and what the future of education looks like as it moves online. 

 

Oct 12, 202039:04
Kinzen: Mark Little

Kinzen: Mark Little

Misinformation is the cultural virus of our modern era. It is dismantling global relations, effecting public discourse, and creating uncertainty at a time when we need trusted voices to keep us informed. Mark Little, with his most recent start-up, Kinzen, is bringing a journalistic solution to the problem of misinformation. In fact, he sees this as an obligation that is driven by real purpose. In our conversation, he told me his mission in life is to make sure that every citizen has confidence in the information that they consume every day.  Tune in to hear how he aims to achieve that. 


Sep 14, 202031:11
CurrencyFair: Paul Byrne

CurrencyFair: Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne is by all accounts a builder of companies. Between 2007-2016 Paul built and sold three companies and during this time he developed a playbook to scale businesses successfully. In 2016 he planned on going into semi-retirement to help startups apply some of the concepts from his playbook. That work led him to CurrencyFair, where his initial one-day per week advisory role quickly transitioned into a full-time CEO role. Since Paul took over the leadership role at CurrencyFair in 2016 they turned their first profit and are now aggressively expanding in the Asian Market.  

This episode is hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Aug 10, 202049:25
Verizon: Ronan Dunne

Verizon: Ronan Dunne

Ronan Dunne shares his progressive views on the role of the CEO and why he believes that the leadership playbook of the past is no longer relevant to today's workplace. 

Join us for an enlightening conversation with one of the leading Irish Corporate innovators who has had enormous success in the Telecommunications industry both in the UK and the US.

Ronan Dunne is the CEO of the largest mobile network in the USA - Verizon Wireless. Prior to his role at Verizon he was the CEO of O2 UK, his 15 years in the role made him the longest-serving CEO in UK telecoms history. 

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Jul 20, 202052:35
Strong Roots: Samuel Dennigan

Strong Roots: Samuel Dennigan

Growing up in a third-generation family business Samuel Dennigan was expected to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Sam Dennigan & Co. is one of Ireland's leading fresh produce distributors, but after working in the business for over ten years Samuel decided that he needed to go it alone and create his own legacy. 

He wanted to revolutionize the frozen food industry and use his creative skills to build a global food brand that the consumer would feel a connection to. Since launching in 2015 Strong Roots products have become staples on dinner plates in Irish and UK homes - now Sam has taken the business to the USA where they are available in all Whole Foods stores in the country.

In this episode, we discuss the benefits and challenges of working in a family business, how to recreate and overnight success, and how the global food supply chain has to change if we are to live sustainably. 

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

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Jun 28, 202053:50
Learning Pool: Mary McKenna

Learning Pool: Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna is an Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. In this interview, we chat about the many chapters in Mary's career that have made her an in-demand Startup advisor around the world. We also discuss the amazing opportunities that can present themselves when you default to saying 'yes' rather than 'no.'
Mary co-founded online learning company Learning Pool in Derry in 2006 and sold the business in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier stage startups and scaleups.
Mary is one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the University of Oxford, a member of the NI MATRIX panel, an advisor to several governments and an EU Horizon 2020 innovation judge.
Mary was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.
Jun 01, 202056:20
Insight Partners: Cian Cotter

Insight Partners: Cian Cotter

Cian Cotter is the Managing Partner of Insight Partners, the growth-stage private equity firm based in New York City. Insight Partners recently raised a fund of $9.5 Billion in software businesses.

During Cian's time at Insight Partners, he has become a specialist in helping prepare companies to go public. We had an opportunity to discuss his thoughts on companies going public as well as the Start-up environment in Tel Aviv where Inishgt Partners have an office and have made numerous investments.

May 11, 202055:47
Nokia Bell Labs: Domhnaill Hernon

Nokia Bell Labs: Domhnaill Hernon

The Bells Labs is the birthplace of world-changing innovations. The transistor, cellular phones, solar cells and the laser are just a few of the innovations that have been created at the Bell Labs in the past 95 years. Bell Labs has always been attached to a large communications company and in 2015 Nokia acquired the Bell Labs when they purchased Alcatel-Lucent. 

Our guest Domhnaill Hernon is the head of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) at Nokia Bell Labs. Domhnaill collaborates with the artistic and creative community to push the limits of technology to solve the greatest human need challenges. In this conversation, we talk about culture and the importance of real diversity to create great ideas. Domhnaill now sees most of his work through the lens of culture because he is bringing two very different communities together of artists and scientists and is helping them to work toward the same goal and embrace the diversity of thought that often leads to great innovation. 


Apr 13, 202056:47
FanDuel: Nigel Eccles

FanDuel: Nigel Eccles

Our first live podcast recording features Nigel Eccles, previously the CEO of FanDuel and currently the CEO of FlickChat

In this live interview with Rachel Quigley, Nigel explains how it seemed like a total mismatch that the founders of FanDuel would be successful. They were based in Edinburgh and had no interest in sports - yet they would go on to build what was at one point the largest Daily Fantasy Sports company in the world. Today, Nigel is the founder and CEO of a new company, FlickChat, which is like a combination of Twitter and Reddit for Sports Fans around the world. 

In the Startup feature, Founder & CEO of Glow DX, Blaine Doyle joins Patrick to talk about how his company is changing women's access to sexual health tests in Mexico. 

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Mar 23, 202046:29
ETHYCA: Cillian Kieran

ETHYCA: Cillian Kieran

In 2017, The Economist wrote the headline 'The world's most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.' We are living in a data-driven world and the reliance on data in all forms of commerce is continuing to expand.

This episode is all about data and its enduring impact on our lives and businesses. Cillian Kieran, Founder & CEO of Ethyca is on a mission to create trust in the internet and data-driven businesses.

He joins Patrick to talk about why data breaches are so common, how we as individuals can protect our data, and what the future will look like as nations try to protect their citizens with data protection regulation.

On the startup feature, Richie Barter takes us through his journey of founding AltViz as his first company and building it over 8 years to where they now use big data and automation to help companies solve their most complex problems.

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Mar 02, 202001:06:41
Cosimo Ventures: Ciarán Hynes

Cosimo Ventures: Ciarán Hynes

Ciarán Hynes is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Cosimo Ventures, a deep-tech investment firm with offices in Dublin, Boston, and New York. Cosimo Ventures is focused on technologies that disrupt global markets but Ciarán has an extremely varied background and not what you would typically associate with a venture capitalist. He hurled for Dublin seniors before working with CIE Tours in some of their European markets and went on to begin his own entrepreneurial career at 25. Since then he has founded over 7 companies in a variety of industries and has brought over 25 products or services to market in regions throughout the world.

In this conversation, Ciarán talks about how studying History & Politics has been such a valuable asset to him in business, how he thinks the blockchain could be the greatest wealth opportunity of our lifetime and the buoyant currency, ndau, that he is very excited about.

Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of Apis Protect also joins us on this episode to talk to us about the sensory technology that her company has developed to help beekeepers prevent losses and increase productivity in their hives. 


Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Feb 10, 202055:48
Irish Studio: Katie Molony

Irish Studio: Katie Molony

Katie Molony is the Co-CEO of Irish Studio, the leading Irish digital media company in North America, providing the worldwide Irish diaspora with daily news, politics and current affairs.  Prior to joining Irish Studio Katie was the CEO of Maximum Media which is now Ireland's leading digital publishing company with leading brands like Joe, SportsJoe, and Her. 

When Katie joined Maximum in 2014 they were just a small start-up out of Galway with a loyal and active social media presence. Under Katie's leadership, Maximum Media evolved into a much more professional publication and by 2017 were named the second fastest-growing company in  Ireland by the Financial Times.  Before working in the digital media Katie was the Head of Marketing at The Irish Times, one of Ireland's oldest print publications. She has been on both sides of the publishing world and has seen the impact of the change in how news is produced and consumed over the past decade. We discuss the importance of making a distinction between traffic and audience and how media companies can maintain the integrity of their brand while still reaching an audience.  

Fergal Nealon, Founder of StoryTracks, chats with us about how the passion to preserve old Irish stories led to the creation of his company. Storytracks is a platform where you can record and share your stories and bring them to life by pinning them to physical locations.  

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Jan 13, 202001:05:39
Catapult: Ronan Healy

Catapult: Ronan Healy

Ronan Healy is the CEO of Catapult, an events production agency with offices in Dublin, New York, and LA. Ronan launched the company in 1999 in Dublin and over the past 20 years has built an agency that is recognized for its creativity. Captapult have produced iconic events around the world; from Web Summit to Arthur's Day, Elon Musk's Hyperloop One Exhibit, The Festival of Speed, and recently Smart Cities New York. 

We also hear from two Irish startups. 

Emma Waldron, CEO & Founder of Wilde joins us to talk about her shoppable streaming platform for women, by women. We also discuss diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and how Wilde aims to collaborate with producers in Hollywood to encourage more diversity in the industry.

Garret Flower, CEO & Co-Founder of ParkPnP and ParkOffice, the AirBnB of parking spaces. They have recently launched ParkOffice in the US, allowing companies to manage and automate their parking by using their spaces most efficiently. 

Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Dec 15, 201952:42
ZOOM: Harry Moseley

ZOOM: Harry Moseley

Harry Moseley has worked for some of the most respected financial services and consulting companies in the world. He was the CIO (Chief Information Officer) of KPMG and Blackstone before joining Zoom as their first CIO in 2017.  Zoom is a video conferencing platform with a mission to make video communications frictionless.  Zoom is a unique company amongst its Silicon Valley counterparts, with a focus on both profit and growth they have been a success story among the many dreadful IPOs of 2019. 

We also hear from two Irish Startups. 

Lucinda Kelly, CEO of Popertee is bringing consumer targetting to retail by helping brands and marketers find their ideal physical location to reach their audience through their location intelligence platform. 

Paul Birkett, Founder of Automation Finance, has an incredibly interesting story of how he went from an 18-year career at PepsiCo to founding an investment fund in distressed residential mortgages. 


Hosted by Patrick McAndrew


Nov 24, 201957:51
150 Bond: Daire Hickey

150 Bond: Daire Hickey

At a time when the Irish economy was at it's lowest point Daire Hickey along with his two co-founders managed to draw some of the largest names in Silicon Valley and the world's business media attention to Dublin for a gathering of tech entrepreneurs called Web Summit. That gathering would grow into the largest tech conference in Europe and become labelled as the 'Davos for Geeks'. In 2017 Daire left Web Summit to launch 150 Bond and gives us an insight into his company which has an intentionally discreet online presence.

We also hear from two Irish startups in the FinTech Space.  

Alan Meaney, CEO of FundRecs explains why Ireland is such an important hub for the funds industry and tells us about his recent move to New York to expand the companies footprint in the US.  

Tiernan Kennedy, CEO of UMBA, which is a micro-loan and finance services company in Kenya, gives a really interesting insight into the hypergrowth of FinTech in the Kenyan and broader East African market.


Hosted by Patrick McAndrew

Oct 25, 201901:08:50