Small Steps in a Big Market: Wizard of Oz – Devan Hughes

Last week, we held our 6th Idea 2 Scale meetup in Dublin featuring Devan Hughes, founder of Buymie, an on-demand grocery delivery company. It was an energetic night in an unusual venue – after hours at Krust Bakery. Devan has founded multiple businesses in various industries and shared many tales of the ups and downs. There are too many insights to include but I’ve summarized key takeaways I feel are most relevant for founders starting out on their journeys.

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Danny O Brien
Putting Lean Principles into Practice with Wia

This week, we held our 5th Idea 2 Scale meetup, this time focusing on IoT. We were joined by guest speaker Conall Laverty of Wia at Glandore’s fabulous new location at Fitzwilliam Court. Wia is a cloud-based platform that allows developers to build IoT applications without any code of the awkward integrations between different technologies. The event was a great opportunity for audience members to learn from a VC backed company in the middle of scaling their platform to meet their ambitious goal of becoming the “the universal language of things” within the IoT space.

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Danny O Brien
VR: The Future of Meetings with MeetingRoom.io

At a recent Idea 2 Scale meetup we hosted, we chose the theme of VR as there has been a lot of hype in this space recently. We welcomed guest speaker Jonny Cosgrove of collaboration company meetingRoom. Jonny, the serial entrepreneur gave a fantastic wide-ranging talk on his journey to date, where Meeting Room is at and what the future holds for Virtual Reality (VR). Here a few key takeaways I noted:

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Danny O Brien
Angel Investing: What do startups and investors alike need to know?

Having spent almost three years working in the startup scene in New York connecting international startups to investors, I wanted to learn more about the investment environment in Ireland. Yesterday, I attended the annual HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) conference at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. The impressive panel of diverse speakers drew a large crowd – a mix of ‘old school suits’ and the next generation of angel investors; some who have successfully exited and are back to invest or raise again for a new venture such as Mark Little (Storyful). Here are some of the insights that stood out to me:

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Danny O Brien