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Ethos, Logos and Pathos

This was published in the Irish Times on the 19th January – a view on the progression of advertising. “At the tone, it’s 8PM, B-U-L-O-V-A Bulova Watch Time”. Thus in 1926, the world’s first radio advertisement grabbed attention. Bulova (now … Continue reading

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A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

This was published in the Irish Times on December 15th 2016. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” The internet reverberates with catchy populism. The more attention that a piece attracts, the more that people promote it to their … Continue reading

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Why Ireland is a unique location for start-ups, having something that not even Silicon Valley has..

The unique advantage to Ireland for start-ups is not Croke Park (colloquially “Croker”).   Croker is the Irish national centre for our national sports – GAA football and hurling.  Playing there represents the pinnacle of achievement:  equivalent perhaps to Wembley … Continue reading

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The Gig Economy – and the Unions

I wrote this for the Irish Times on November 3rd. “The black market was a way of getting around government controls”. So asserted Milton Friedman, a Nobel prizewinner in Economics. Last Friday, the Central London Employment Tribunal came to a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s drone opportunity

This was published in the Irish Times on the 31st August 2016. “Life is too short for traffic”. Poorly set traffic lights, few encouragements to keep traffic flowing, hardly any red light camera enforcements, and sheer volume of traffic all … Continue reading

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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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