2015 Evening Event
The Student Startup programme are organising an inspiring evening event which will see students mix with members of Dublin's startup scene during a number of intriguing keynote talks and panels from tech and startups most interesting personalities and speakers, including:
Paul Adams - VP of Product @ Intercom
Working as Global Head of Brand Design at Facebook, he worked with the worlds leading brands and ad agencies. Prior to Facebook, Paul led social research at Google, where his work was foundational in building Google+ including being a patent holder for Circles. His work has been widely published and cited, and his talk on the future of the web is one of the most viewed presentations online. Fortune magazine described Paul as "one of Silicon Valley's most wanted."
Donal Cahalane - VP Growth & Marketing @ Teamwork
A Cork native, Donal began his career as a freelancer before joining Teamwork.com full-time. His primary goal is to drive growth. His work has lead to the bootstrapped company having over 1.7 million active users from 370,000 companies inluding Disney, Spotify, Honda and eBay. He recently founded @builtincork, a networking group for early stage tech startups, where established startups share stories and warnings to the next generation of startups.
Brian Caulfield - Partner @ Draper Esprit
A Computer Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Brian is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Prior to joining DFJ Esprit, Brian was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital. Previously, Brian co-founded both Exceptis Technologies - sold to Trintech Group (NASDAQ: TTPA) in November 2000 and Similarity Systems, a business focused data quality management software company that was acquired by Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA) in January 2006. Brian currently sits on the boards of Datahug and the Irish Times. He is also a private investor/advisor in a number of early stage technology companies. He will be discussing the practicalities of growing a startup in Ireland, the advantages of growing here and whether its worth moving elsewhere to do so.
Jules Coleman - CPO and Co-founder @ Hassle.com An escape from Ireland, Jules has managed to work in 3 technology consultancies before realising her heart lay in product development. While trying to find a piano teacher in 2011 she found that many of the listings were out of date and didn't provide much in terms of a rating. Thus the "Hailo for cleaners" was born. Fast-forward four years and the company had raised an impressive Series A of $6 million (lead by Accel Partners, who've invested in companies like Facebook, Groupon and Dropbox), before being acquired by a German rival Helpling, for a deal reportedly worth €32million.
Mark Little - Former CEO of Storyful Unique hybrid of journalist and innovator. Former foreign correspondent for RTÉ News. Founder of the world’s first social news agency (Storyful). Built a 24/7 digital newsroom from scratch. Unique understanding of emerging business model of digital journalism and challenges facing media companies, young and old, big and small. Now exploring new digital opportunities.
Event will begin at 6pm and conclude before 8pm