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Ding - smart doorbell innovation

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st August 2017
Ding is a doorbell. It’s smarter than a normal doorbell, but not as smart as a smart doorbell. The Ding team considers these to be overly complicated, over-engineered, and generally overly high-tech things that most people don’t want in their homes. Ding is simpler and more refined. On the outside, a slim unit with grey or brass button, on the inside a fabric-covered speaker designed t...
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Women in Tech communities and platforms of note

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th August 2017
Even in this age of supposed enlightenment, a little authority and power, however minute, meaningless, or even imagined, can then go to people’s malfunctioning heads. Particularly in a still sadly female-deficient industry like tech, when these people are men, the result can be a hostile environment in which the women affected often feel they cannot say or do anything about it. Intelligent a...
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The Startacus Startups of the Week 2016

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th December 2016
As another year draws to a close, we thought it’d be quite timely to give another little shout-out to the fab startup businesses that have received our Startup of the Week accolade over the past 12 months. Some are innovative, some are quirky but they’re certainly all inspirational. So without further ado, here they are - the Startacus Startups of the Week 2016. BonzaQuote- an online ...
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The Startacus Startups of the Week 2015

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th December 2015
Over the past 12 months we have featured some amazing startups in our coveted Startup of the Week feature - from innovative apps to all new subscription services - inspirational one and all. Since the new year is almost upon us, we thought that it’d be quite timely to give another little mention to all those startups who have received the Startup of the Week accolade this year. We therefore ...
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Festival of Icons Belfast

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th October 2015
The inaugural year of an annual event is always a tricky one. Will it attract a crowd? How will it differentiate itself from comparable events? Will attendees see value for their time? These questions flooded my brain on route to Belfast last week for the first ever Festival of Icons. I had a more than usual interest in this one since Startacus was well acquainted with the organisers, had given ...
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Barriers to Starting a Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd August 2015
It's often not always that easy to take an idea and turn it into something real. There can be many barriers which get in the way - some are personal such as a negative mindset or fear, whilst others can arise via other people - being told that an idea won’t work, that it's a waste of time, that it won't last, it won't scale or it won't make money…you get the drift! Dealing with thes...
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Coboat- Co Working Space on the high seas!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st July 2015
Here at Startacus, we’re huge advocates of co-working. We love everything about it - from the flexibility it offers through to the opportunities it provides for making new connections and inspiring creativity. Recently though we’ve discovered a co-working space which is like no other we’ve come across. It’s a co-working space on a boat - a boat which will be sailing the hi...
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Creative Space

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th June 2015
Don’t you just love it when something is not exactly as it seems? When ingenuity, creativity, and innovation are in abundant evidence?Yep. Us too.That’s probably why we’re loving this new initiative from drinks manufacturer, Absolut. Their recently launched Creative Space project in Gröndal, Sweden has seen four of their shipping containers being transformed into one u...
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10 Music tracks to inspire your work day

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th April 2015
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again; time for the world’s most obscure and erroneous of celebrations…yes, Record Store day is upon us once again. It hardly seems possible that a full twelve months have passed since we last didn’t know it was happening, but sure enough, tomorrow record stores all over the country will hang out the bunting and crank up t...
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The Biggest hindrance to budding entrepreneurs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th March 2015
There are a million and one reasons not to start a business, and a million and one more reasons to actually get out there and do it. So, what is the biggest, baddest bogeyman when it comes to entrepreneurship? What’s the worst thing that stops businesses from ever being created? According to a recent survey by Business is Great, that accolade goes to none other than the age old destroyer kn...
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