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In 1 year’s time where do you hope that the business will be? What Clearpreso has to offer

I’ll always be going for quality rather than scale. I’m not in this for world domination as such and I think money is not my primary motivation. As Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Clothing, would say “The Zen master would say profits happen when you do everything else right”.

I'll probably also still be doing my fabled "Presentation on presentations" around the city. And if I can find the time I plan on making a video course that can teach people how to design great pitches... so watch this space!

As you know it’s our Dublin startup month and we are really keen to hear your thoughts on starting a business in the city. Can you tell us the 3 best things and 3 worst things that you have encountered ?

Ooh… tough one, but here we go.

Bad, I can only really think of one

Ignorance of the rest of Ireland, we’re too small for that.

I think we live in a bit of a Dublin-centric bubble sometimes and forget that there are great things going on in other cities around the country. And in Ireland these cities are all about a 3 hour drive away, or way less, so there’s not much of an excuse to not head outside of the Dublin bubble from time to time.

Attending events that bring tech conferences to the often-ignored west coast of Ireland are a great way to counter this.

3 best

The right size (geographically)

You can live pretty much anywhere in Dublin and get to the city center pretty quickly. I live and work out of the coastal town of Dalkey (which boasts the best vistas in Dublin!), but if I need to get into central Dublin for meetings or events then it’s 30 mins or less.

The city centre itself is small and walkable so even though there are distinct startup hubs people do get out and mix between these hubs with ease, because they’re about a ten minute walk apart.

The right size (community)

The community is small enough that you’ll get to know a lot of people pretty well, pretty quickly. Events are mostly on a human-scale, big enough and varied enough that you’ll have a great selection of people to meet, but small enough to be personal and relaxed.

The Community

When I started out almost 5 years ago there really wasn’t much a tech community to be spoken of, but now the community and ecosystem is really vibrant and really varied. From great weekly events like DrinkAboutDub, to talks/events in world class accelerators, to Startup weekends (The best event I’ve ever been to) there is always something quality to look forward to. This only happens because we have great community leaders who put lots of time and effort into making Dublin a great place to do business!
Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh Founder of Clear Presentations
To find out more about Ed and the work that he does, then pop over to his website!

If like Ed, you have something to say about Dublin or your startup, then our Dublin Startup month is the perfect opportunity! Drop us a line to or check out what we are looking for.

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Published on: 17th October 2014

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