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4 Ways to Manage Failure

  Starting a business is so tricky that most are bound to fail. But failure teaches important lessons and can be managed, according to Colm Lyon (@colmlyon), CEO and founder of Realex Payments. Speaking at the second annual Dotconf (@dotconf) today, Lyon recounted his experiences setting up Realex (@realexpayments) around 11 years ago and gave…

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Environmental Innovation Meets Augmented Reality

I came across the video above on the Innovation Daily recently. But I was less interested in the bicycle than how it tied in with comments made by Dermot Daly (@dermdaly) and Keith Maycock (@keithmaycock) of at the Dotconf recently. Daly, of Tapadoo, talked of how the mobile web has arrived (video here). An early…

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News From Noise

A couple of interesting and innovative websites are being unleashed on an unwitting Irish public this summer. Although British and based in Silicon Valley, Bebo founder Michael Birch has just started doing early tests of Jolitics in Ireland. You can read more about that here. But there is another site, Storyful, that marries two subjects…

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Your Start-up is a Three-Legged Stool

Your start-up is like a three-legged stool, Des Traynor told the dotconf recently. Traynor, whose firm www.contrast.ie works with numerous tech start-ups, cited the example of cutting-edge architecture such as the Seattle Public Library where architects, engineers and business people need to work closely together. Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, likened this approach…

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Built-In Entrepreneurship

Just back from the dotconf, a free, one-day, web seminar to launch National College of Ireland’s new MSc in Web Technologies. There were lots of good speakers there, and there is plenty to talk about. However, one of the most intriguing aspects of the college’s approach to its new program is how they are building…

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Free Internet Conference July 22

This one is worth a short plug: The Irish Internet Association and the National College of Ireland will be hosting a free one-day conference on July 22 in Dublin. The line up looks pretty good so far. You can find all the details here. Image is a partial screen shot of the dotconf website and…