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What kind of start-ups, and what kind of investment ?..

This column piece was published on 10th August 2016. What does a venture capitalist do? Answer of course: invest in start-ups! But what kind of start-ups and what kind of investments?

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Raising capital in start ups

This column piece was published on 27th June 2016. Sometimes things do not quite work out as planned. In September 2012, the then Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton announced a €90M microfinance scheme which was expected to … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

I was asked to write a short commentary on the purchase of LinkedIn by Mircosoft by the Irish Times.  This was separate from my usual column,  and was published on the 14th June 2016. In a daring move yesterday, Microsoft … Continue reading

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Big Data

I wrote this piece as a perspective on the emergence of Big Data.  It was published on 6th June 2016. Francis Beaufort from Navan invented the scale of wind strength now named after him, in 1805. He had been shipwrecked … Continue reading

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Secret Sauce and Tasty Temptation

I wrote this piece when contemplating the interplay between barriers to entry (against competition) and barriers to adoption (by customers and the market).  It was published today in the Irish Times.   I had spoken on the same topic way … Continue reading

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Why Chatbots threaten disruption

This piece was published in the Irish Times on April 18th last. Do you care which one ? Sometimes, a pizza is just a pizza, isn’t it ? A taxi is just a taxi, as long as it turns up … Continue reading

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Can Machines Think? DeepMind

This piece appeared in the Irish Times on March 28th last. Can machines think? Well, what does it mean ‘to think’? Thinking about thought is a journey into philosophy. Instead Alan Turing asked a different question in 1950: can machines … Continue reading

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