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Déjà vu, all over again – the rise of the Chinese tech industry

A musing on my first real job,  and how China’s ambitions continue to rise.  I recall some people “dissing” on the early days of Huawei,  but now its a global leader.  I think we will soon see Chinese leadership in … Continue reading

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Skitster – the app that knows best!..

I put this piece together whilst musing about the 350th anniversary of the Irish satirist and writer Jonathan Swift,  whose birthday I share this month.   I wondered what he would have made of the corruption of society by fake news?…  … Continue reading

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Ten Years of the Irish Times Innovation Initiative

I put this piece together in response from a request from the Irish Times to reflect on innovation over the last ten years of the paper’s “Innovation Initiative” – and to make some predictions for the next ten.   I gave … Continue reading

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Tranquility – and faking it

If you know my personal history,  you’ll know that Scott McNealy was gracious enough to invest in IONA when we were still a young start-up.  I wrote this when reflecting on his kind and wise words to me and on … Continue reading

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Confidence and Performance

Each year, The Irish Times organises an all-Ireland competition for start-ups and established companies to highlight innovation – in products, processes and services.  I have been honoured to be the Chair of the judging panel for quite a few years … Continue reading

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President Zuckerberg

I wrote this as an observation on how effective and how powerful digital advertising has become in micro-targetting individuals and groups with specific well-tested messages.  Consequently it has become a powerful tool for influencing voting,  and Facebook has and is … Continue reading

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Watching Big Brother

I wrote this for the Irish Times as a short reflection on how the State watches us whilst we watch each other.  It was published on 27th April. John de Mol is a Dutch entrepreneur and media tycoon, who has … Continue reading

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