Archive for April, 2008

Genesis Winners

conor 16th of April 2008 by conor

The Genesis Enterprise Project had their annual awards ceremony on Monday night. it@cork has all the details. I’m really happy to see several ex-Motorola people amongst the winners. It proves the point that multinationals leaving Ireland is not the end of the world, it’s an opportunity.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of this batch reach the heights of previous winner Comnitel/Vallent.

Winners included:

  • Pat Lucey & Colm Horgan from Aspiracon
  • Sorcha McDonnell of Mediterranean Flavours
  • Prionsias Collins of
  • Dan Hayes & Brendan Fidgeon from Tapasol
  • Dr John Hanrahan from Glantreo

New Design for Web2Ireland

conor 16th of April 2008 by conor

We pleased as punch to unveil our new design for the Web2Ireland site. A major thank you to James Gallagher who did all the work for us. We’ll be adding a few tweaks here and there in the coming days.

James is hiimjames on Twitter, you should add him.

Now if only there was someone out there who would do us a logo :-)

Web2Ireland at San Francisco Web2Expo April 2008

admin 16th of April 2008 by admin

The Irish are about to hit San Franscisco for Web2Expo

A host of Irish companies are attending the event – and some of the companies attending are supported by the Digital Media Forum, Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI and Momentum

The Irish are organizing a drinks reception at the W Hotel on Thursday, 24th April at 5pm. See upcoming and facebook event for details – feel free to drop by and say Hi at this drinks reception.

The Companies attending Web2Expo

Customer Minds
Reva Health
Design by front
Learning Pool
Waddell Media

Buzzing Mobile Grapevine

conor 13th of April 2008 by conor

I predicted that 2008 would be the year of mobile and it seems to be coming true in a big way. I’ve been hearing some very exciting things about not just one but two mobile apps in the social space being cooked up in Ireland!

Both are still under tight wraps but I believe they are getting lots of attention from the investment community. Could we finally be seeing some of that €170m being put to good use?

Dial2Do at CTIA…

admin 4th of April 2008 by admin


Hot Dublin based startup dial2do demod their product at CTIA this week. Dial2Do is a spin out from Rococo.

Its a great way to connect with services such as twitter, email, etc.

Information week has coverage CTIA: Dial2Do Uses Voice Prompts For Hands-Free Users — Wireless — InformationWeek

Rumour they are working on a cool twitterfone related project…

PutPlace ramps up – raises financing, beefs up board

admin 4th of April 2008 by admin

PutPlace, provider of automated, real-time back-up, publishing and sharing services for digital data, today announced the successful conclusion of a funding round and the strengthening of its board.

Industry veterans Pat Lynch and Michael O’Callaghan join existing board members Joe Drumgoole (founder) and Brian Caulfield. The funding round was a co-investment between existing and new investors and Enterprise Ireland. Katherine Lucey has also joined the management team as COO.

Pretty impressive line-up – and not to forget Justin Mason [Spamassin creator] is also at Putplace

Mike O’Callaghan (Chairman)
Michael O’Callaghan is COO at Babelgum, where he is responsible for the company’s business operations as well as infrastructure and network operations. Before joining Babelgum, Michael was Vice President and General Manager of Oracle’s European Development Centre in Dublin and Chairman of Oracle’s main operating company in Europe. Prior to Oracle, Michael established and led Microsoft’s European Product Development Centre in Ireland and in total has over twenty five years industry experience in indigenous and multi-national companies. Michael holds a B.E. from University College Cork.

Brian Caulfield (Board Member)
2007 recipient of the Irish Software Association “Technology Person of the Year”, Brian is a Computer Engineering graduate from Trinity College Dublin. In 1992 Brian co-founded Exceptis Technologies where he was CEO and CTO. Exceptis developed dispute management software for the electronic card payments sector that was sold to blue-chip banking customers in Europe, the United States and Asia. Exceptis was sold to Trintech Group (NASDAQ: TTPA) in November 2000. Brian has co-founded two other venture capital backed software start-ups, Similarity Systems and Prediction Dynamics. More recently, Brian has worked with Trinity Venture Capital, representing them on the boards of AePONA and SteelTrace.

Pat Lynch (Board Member)
Pat founded Microtech Cleanroom Services in 1998 having previously worked in senior financial roles with US multinationals Seagate Technology and Summit Technology. Pat is a serial investor in high-potential technology start-ups and has significant experience in bringing companies to scale.

Katherine Lucey (Management Team)
Katherine has a strong track record in international software marketing. Most recently, she led the execution of an aggressive marketing plan for SteelTrace that resulted in a doubling of revenues, quarter-on-quarter. SteelTrace was sold to Compuware in 2006. She previously worked with Openet Telecom and the Irish Software Association.

3Dcamp for University of Limerick May 24th

admin 2nd of April 2008 by admin

3Dcamp, the next in a series of themed Barcamps to hit Ireland, takes place at the University of Limerick on Saturday May 24th 2008. The venue is the Engineering Research Building between 10-6pm. This themed Barcamp will focus on virtual worlds (Second Life, the Metaverse), mirror worlds (Google Earth and Virtual Earth), mapping mashups, GPS, Location Based Services (LBSs), haptics (eg. Wiimote hacks), 3D modelling (Blender, Sketchup) and all things 3D. Essentially the internet beyond the 2D browser.

Registration is now open, as are speaking slots. As is the spirit of Barcamp please consider participating, if not as a speaker then in any way you can. Remember Barcamp is free and open to all. We look forward to seeing you on the day.