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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Investor and entrepreneur with a passion for high growth ventures that seek to make things better for people.

  • 10+ Years
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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


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


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.

Work History

Co-Founder and CEO


January 2009 - December 2013

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.

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


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.

Qualifications & Certifications

Economics and Information Studies

University College Dublin

Blackrock College

Iain Mac Donald

Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland