Helping Irish High Tech Start Ups

23rd February, 2009

Anybody starting a business now deserves as much help as possible. I organised a dinner with high tech start up entrepeneurs in Leinster House a couple of weeks ago. I got to know this group through an old colleague of mine from Procter & Gamble. Jonathan Ruane was one of the most impressive people I ever met during my time in P&G. He, with his brother Jason, are now setting up a company to provide software for event management. Jonathan set up the dinner as I was very eager to understand this sector better and
see what could be done to help them.

The results of this discussion are covered in the Sunday Independent today. Daniel McConnell was good enough to attend and invest a lot of time in listening to and engaging with this remarkable group of people.

This was one of the most inspirational events I have yet participated in. In the coming days I hope to do a small piece on each person, their business and their contribution to what our country should do differently.

I want to end with an observation on their attitude. Each of them felt that a recession was a great time to start a business. Why? Because bad ideas will be weeded out and good ideas will do even better. This, they argued,
can only help them.

I will return to each of them this week.