Ben Parr

You Suck: 7 Reasons Your Business Will Fail

Entrepreneurs can be a deluded, stubborn bunch. And those traits won’t bring success, according to Ben Parr, tech journalist, sci-fi writer, and editor-at-large at Mashable.com (@mashable). The San Fransisco-based Parr (@benparr), an “aspiring world changer”  who is also “working on a yet-to-be-announced project,” was in Ireland to speak at the 7th Dublin Web Summit (@dublinwebsummit)…

mark cannice

Measuring VC Sentiment

It was disappointing to miss the Dublin Web Summit during the week and to gauge the sentiment among local tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists (VCs). However, I was doing something much more hands-on at San Francisco University’s Silicon Valley Immersion as part of DIT’s MBA Program. During the course, Prof. Mark Cannice spoke of two…

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Perfect Your Pitch and Bag €30k+

Following the success of the last competition for web startups, the Dublin Web Summit has lined up another competition for the October gathering. The concept is simple, start ups enter the competition and three finalists are chosen. On the night of the summit, they get three minutes to make their pitch to the 500 or…

michael and xochi birch

A New Approach to Political Debate

After a lot of development and a little mystery, the covers are beginning to slip off Jolitics, a new political website. Established by Bebo founder Michael Birch, Jolitics is currently being tested in alpha in Ireland. Site membership of this innovative approach to political discussion is by invitation for now, but I managed to snag…

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Three Innovators To Watch

Innovation is all well and good, but if it gets rid of one of life’s major annoyances, then I am all ears. GetItKeepIt.com tackles the issue of utility bills by promising to collect and organize them — free of charge to the bill payer — where they can be managed in a central location. The…

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10 Rules For Startups

Here is some advice for start-up companies from Paul Hayes, a man who clearly enjoys the entrepreneurial challenge and the social aspect of his work. The former marketing guru for Havoc games shared some of his life lessons at the Dublin Web Summit recently: 1. Resist the temptation to talk about yourself. No one cares.…