Board Member At Skillpages

Serial entrepreneur with a passion for high growth ventures that seek to make things better for people. Now fortunate to be on the Board of SkillPages, where a highly talented team of self starters are intent on making the world a better place, improving millions of people's lives and having fun while doing it. Previously founded Perlico in 2003 and was CEO as it developed into a leading provider of Internet services, before selling to Vodafone in 2007 in a US$100m deal. Angel investor in technology startups including Startupbootcamp, Soundwave and Qualaroo as well as a speaker at various tech events including f.ounders, Founders Forum, Dublin Web Summit etc.

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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.

By doing this, we're intent on making it faster and easier to find skilled people for things you need done throughout you life - at home, at work and in your personal life. And because you can see your real-life connections to them, this makes them easier to trust.

Our mission at SkillPages is to "Empower people to create new life enhancing opportunities by enabling a more perfect global labour market". And every day we hear stories of how this is happening in over 160 countries around the world. And we feel we're only just getting started.

We've been overwhelmed and humbled by how many millions of people from around the world have joined us and we're excited for what's possible in the months and years to come. Thanks for being part of the journey.

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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.

Iain's Updates (14)

Great Board meeting yesterday at SkillPages HQ View update 15 Feb
Loving the new "Jobs" product just launched on SkillPages.com. A massive upgrade in our ability to gratify our users and deliver another element of our core Mission at SkillPages: to "Bring New Opportunities to Every Skilled Person in the World". View update 23 Oct
We're working on upgrading and clarifying our Vision, Mission and the way we work at SkillPages. It's all part of defining our unique culture as part of what we call "The SkillPages Way". Incredibly interesting feedback on draft 0.01 from our team. Consolidating it all and preparing version 0.02.. View update 23 Oct
Planning my upcoming week. No two weeks are the same but broadly, I aim to structure the week as follows: Monday is Planning and forecasting (financial and operational forecasts, organisational structure etc), Tuesday to Thursday is operational activity working directly with our team in SkillPages (meeting and getting updates as well as giving guidance and feedback across all areas of the company), Friday is task completion and outstanding decision making (working with the relevant team members and getting all decisions that can be made completed on a Friday improves our velocity), Saturday and Sunday I work on overall strategy and creative thinking and usually, I keep one task/project (e.g. a full deep product review, a presentation preparation or a review of our Key Performance Indicators etc) for completion over the weekend when its a bit quieter and I have more "brainspace". Having a broad structure to the week helps compartmentalise my to-do list and keep it manageable. Of course travel, life and urgent matters always get in the way, so then it's just a matter of just re-organising to make sure all the above are covered. View update 14 Oct
Reviewing the design of our metrics reports for our soon to be released job postings product. Our Business Intelligence at SkillPages is currently being rapidly improved by @Michael McCarthy, @Rob Henry and the team generally. It provides critically important information for helping us refine and iterate the SkillPages platform so that we continuously improve value for our users. The really important thing about business intelligence data is not just its availability, but just as important is the way it is presented. It is the way it's presented that makes the data easy to interpret so that better decisions can be made. It's a pleasure to see the presentation of our data improving rapidly and it'll make decision making better and faster for everyone in SkillPages. View update 11 Oct

Iain Mac Donald's Work Experience


Board Member (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 (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 (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.

Solar Marketing

Head of Operations (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).

eHost Europe

VP Business Development (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 (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.

Iain Mac Donald's Education

University College Dublin

Economics and Information Studies (September 1995 - June 1998)

Blackrock College



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