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Seed stage early investor with a passion for high growth ventures that seek to make things better for people. Founded Perlico in 2003 and was CEO as it developed into Ireland's leading alternative provider of consumer Broadband before exiting to Vodafone in 2007 in a $100m deal. Former CEO at SkillPages. Angel investor in a few technology startups including Startupbootcamp and Catchfree as well as a regular speaker at various tech events including f.ounders, Founders Forum, Dublin Web Summit etc.

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Lifelong sailing enthusiast. Dinghy, coastal and offshore cruising and racing. Currently back in a Laser 1 after a 10 year sabatical from dinghy sailing whilst I raced Cruiser 1 on Dublin Bay. 10,000 miles of offshore and coastal, albeit a bit rusty, having stayed closer to the coast for the past 5 years.

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Founded SkillPages

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Founded SkillPages with @Michael Gallagher and with a big ambition, to "create a more perfect global labour market". For a while, we'd been thinking that there are so many people with incredible skills and talent in the world but that sometimes, the right skilled person for your need can be hard to find.

So we dreamed up a simple solution: we'd take the fact that everyone is connecting through social media and then add in the fact that everyone has skills. This would create a simple, single destination where you can find people who have the skills you are looking for and to see your real life connections to them - such as a mutual friend.

The mission at SkillPages is to "Empower people to create new life enhancing opportunities by enabling a more perfect global labour market".

Having grown from 0 to 20 million users in over 160 countries around the world, I ceased involvement with SkillPages and stepped down as CEO at the end of 2013 to make way for the next phase of the Company's growth. I'm excited by what is possible and to see what happens...

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Founded Perlico

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Started Perlico in 2003. Assembled a mega-talented and highly ambitious team of c.100 great people. Together, we grew Perlico over the following 48 months to become a massively fast growing and leading provider of internet and telecommunications services. Our mission was to provide "great service and great savings" within the internet and telecommunications sectors, disrupting the large operators and just doing things better for our customers. Against massive competition and with incredible commitment from the team in Perlico we succeeded, ultimately selling the company in a USD$100,000,000 deal to Vodafone in 2007.

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Work History

Board Member

SkillPages

January 2014 - Present

On the Board at SkillPages, where I work with the team on strategy, vision and all the challenges and opportunities a fast growth global internet company presents.

Co-Founder and CEO

SkillPages

January 2009 - January 2014

Leading a talented team of self-starters at SkillPages that want to change things, make a positive difference to people all over the world and have fun while doing it.

Founder and CEO

Perlico

January 2003 - August 2008

Founded Perlico in 2003 and was CEO as the company grew to become a leading supplier of broadband in the Republic of Ireland, before selling the company to Vodafone in a c.€70m (c.$100m) deal in 2007.

Head of Operations

Solar Marketing

January 2002 - January 2003

Let the turnaround of Solar, a business process outsourcing firm focused on providing services within the multinational telecommunications and internet sectors, before arranging the sale of the business to International Marketing Solutions (IMS).

VP Business Development

eHost Europe

January 2000 - January 2002

A market leader in development of internal Application Service Provision (ASP) solutions for large multi-national companies. Managed Business Development including sale to Dell Corporation of their circa 6,000 user EMEA ASP based on Citrix and Microsoft Technologies as well as other clients including Vodafone, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Global Asset Management, Credito Italiano Bank etc.

VP Business Development

Intergraph

January 1998 - January 2000

Managed Business Development within Intergraph, a then Nasdaq listed provider of technology services including GEO spacial software and Applications Service Provision (ASP) solution.

Education

Economics and Information Studies

University College Dublin

September 1995 - June 1998

Blackrock College

1995

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Founded SkillPages

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Founded SkillPages with @Michael Gallagher and with a big ambition, to "create a more perfect global labour market". For a while, we'd been thinking that there are so many people with incredible skills and talent in the world but that sometimes, the right skilled person for your need can be hard to find.

So we dreamed up a simple solution: we'd take the fact that everyone is connecting through social media and then add in the fact that everyone has skills. This would create a simple, single destination where you can find people who have the skills you are looking for and to see your real life connections to them - such as a mutual friend.

The mission at SkillPages is to "Empower people to create new life enhancing opportunities by enabling a more perfect global labour market".

Having grown from 0 to 20 million users in over 160 countries around the world, I ceased involvement with SkillPages and stepped down as CEO at the end of 2013 to make way for the next phase of the Company's growth. I'm excited by what is possible and to see what happens...

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Founded Perlico

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Started Perlico in 2003. Assembled a mega-talented and highly ambitious team of c.100 great people. Together, we grew Perlico over the following 48 months to become a massively fast growing and leading provider of internet and telecommunications services. Our mission was to provide "great service and great savings" within the internet and telecommunications sectors, disrupting the large operators and just doing things better for our customers. Against massive competition and with incredible commitment from the team in Perlico we succeeded, ultimately selling the company in a USD$100,000,000 deal to Vodafone in 2007.

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US Ireland Trade Relations Event in Dublin

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Was invited by the US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rooney, (who is also the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers), to attend an event yesterday in Farmleigh (www.farmleigh.ie) aimed at increasing trade between the USA and Ireland. Incredible that US companies are now employing over 100,000 people. More interesting is that Irish companies are now employing over 120,000 people in America. Also attending was the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny T.D. and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton who opened our offices a few weeks ago. It was great to see the highest level of collaboration between our two markets and as a high growth venture which has the USA as a main market, it is encouraging to see such close government relations. Many influential representatives of various organisations were also there such as @John Hartnett or the ITLG and @Alan Hobbs or Enterprise Ireland.

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DogPatch opens in Dublin

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Was at the opening of DogPatch Labs Europe (dogpatchlabs.com/) this morning in Dublin. DogPatch is a super cool (and effective!) incubation space provider for tech startups with great operations already in place in New York, Boston and San Francisco. DogPatch is the brain child of @David Barrett and all the guys at Polaris Ventures, www.polarisventures.com/. Their investment in this facility is yet another huge demonstration of Ireland increasingly being recognized as the center of tech Europe. Pictured is the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) welcoming DogPatch to Dublin.

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Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland