Two Years Ago with Dublin Globe

Two years ago this week we launched our newspaper Dublin Globe with Ambassador Dan Mulhall in London. Those were some sweet - and hectic - times!

Now Dublin Globe has more than 13,000 weekly subscribers, and pretty much everyone I meet knows about it and reads it. DG's first editor Derek O' Connor, and now Irina Dzhambazova, have done a brilliant job. I bow low and deep to them both.

Here's a reprising of the fun launch announcement - The Dublin Globe Rocketship has Launched!

Niamh Bushnell

Female Founder? Yes!

Almost two years ago we launched the Wonderful Women’s Speakers list, a public Google doc to encourage women all over the country to register their interest in judging and speaking at events. The Wonderful Women’s list remains one of the Office's most popular documents.

Today, on International Women’s Day, we’re encouraging the promotion of women once again by adding "Female Founder/CEO” as a new field for companies on TechIreland.

Never again will I sigh when asked for a well rounded list of female founders! TechIreland is proud to track and profile these companies, but first we need to gather the data.

So, if you’re a female founder, cofounder or CEO of one of the 1200+ companies on TechIreland, just email your name to Ciaran today and he’ll add "Female Founder/CEO: Yes" to your company profile.

Once the new version of TechIreland goes live (in a couple of weeks) all of this data will be easy to find and filter. We'll also publish insights and observations on the data over time - who’s funding female founders, where they’re based, their employees, sectors, and the technologies they’re building. No doubt these insights will be important and illuminating.

Female Founder Yes's have been added to a small number of TechIreland companies already - Beats Medical, Restored Hearing, Sales Optimise, Axonista, Pharmapod, Opening and Soapbox Labs, but there are at least hundreds more of you out there and we want to make sure you're all included.

Female founders, cofounders and CEOs, more power to you! You and your companies deserve recognition and a great place to start is TechIreland.

Niamh Bushnell

Sparks Will Fly

Dublin City Council published a press release yesterday about the transition of projects from the Commissioner's office. Our publication Dublin Globe, The Brekkie and the Tech Concierge service will all move to the Digital Hub. Our monthly Mentoring for Scale program will become part of the DCU Ryan Academy.

Positive developments all, I know these well oiled machines will continue to scale and contribute to Dublin's great startup and tech community from their new homes.

Meantime, another office project, TechIreland, will become a more full time focus for me. It's an ambitious and nationwide exercise to map, track and connect the dots around innovation in Ireland - startups, multinationals, investors and hubs.

It sounds painstaking and manual and, believe me, a lot of the time it will be, but when you connect disparate pieces of data together sparks will fly.

Fiach Mac Conghail, my successor at Startup Dublin is on a similarly exciting mission. He’s got the vision and the energy to enhance and deepen the work we've started - and a winning team to boot, with Irina Dzhambazova continuing as Editor of Dublin Globe, and Sarah Leahy as Tech Concierge and Community Manager.

The Brekkie this Friday will be my last and I'll be doing lots of thanking, so bring your best bows and applause. It thrills me how willing people are to invest in the success of Dublin’s tech community and during the last two and half years our office has received a generous share of your time and goodwill.

If you can’t make the Brekkie - and it’s already looking pretty crowded - feel free to pop into the office before April 1st when myself and Ciaran Casey, TechIreland's Head of Research, hightail it to Dogpatch Labs and turn into full blown data geeks.

Last year the Brekkie actually fell on April 1st so myself and DC Cahalane played a joke on everyone about how the office was moving to Cork. I cried with laughter writing the press release for that one.

Niamh Bushnell

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