Yesterday at the CEO Forum I heard two themes. One was echoed by many, the other was just loud and really compelling.
CEOs talked a lot about the misfit between third level education and the needs of businesses today. Students need more hands on, practical experience and universities need to do more to make this happen. I’ve heard similar in other venues and want to keep listening to get a better perspective from the POV of tech companies and tech graduates.
Michael O’ Leary (Ryan Air) was loud and entertaining of course but he also kept returning to one message for the CEOs in the room: Your success to date is not enough. You’ve got to be bolder, you’ve got to think bigger. Ireland is not enough, Europe is not enough, the US is not enough. We’ve got to keep pushing to build bigger, global businesses out of Ireland.
A battle cry of raw ambition alright and it’s great to hear him shouting about it. And it’s not just our CEOs that need to embody it, so too do our VCs, Accelerators, Government and the rest of us. We’re shooting for BILLION Dollar valuations here my friends and, as O’ Leary says, if a couple of guys based in Swords can build the world’s largest airline there’s no reason why we can’t achieve them.