Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
EirePreneurIs Steve Gillmor the James Joyce of the blogosphere? (7.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
I've never had the guts to tackle Ulysses but if I have to wade my way through another Steve Gillmor dissertation I'll probably be up for the challenge. Is it a brilliant ploy by the Attention evangelist to ensure we devote 110% of that scarce resource to deciphering his messages or is he blinding us with bullshit? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt because his mischievous sense of humour ensures that the Gillmor Gang is always an entertaining listen.However, while I like to think that I kno...
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EirePreneurP2P lending for Angel Investing (7.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
While I was dreaming about a version of Fundable for Angel Investing Greg Yardley was wondering the same about Prosper, the latest person-to-person lending company."I expect we’ll see someone trying to use Prosper to raise seed money for their start-up - but this is debt financing, not equity financing. Will there ever be a Prosper-like service that allows entrepreneurs to sell slices of new ventures in an open auction? (Entrepreneurs with a track record might do quite well here.) Or - as ...
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EirePreneurThe Silk Purse of Web 2.0 (7.2.2006, 09:00 UTC)
Danny Ayers says -"Although OPML is a sow’s ear, such is the capability of the web (and XML) that folks have been able to use it for things quite silk pursey. The built-in demo for OPod is the Open Ireland Directory OPML, and as the demo shows, that’s pretty sweet."Not to take away from Rowan's programming but I wouldn't agree that OPML is a sow's ear. Nevertheless its good to see someone groks the ideas of Feed Grazing (others think I'm nuts ;-) -"Ubiquitous computing is on its way,...
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EirePreneurPXN8 gets Scobleized, explosion to follow? (6.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
So right after reading that Don Dodge post that Fergus pointed to (boy has he got his finger on the pulse), I realize that Walter Higgins' PXN8 has just been Scobleized. So Walter gets a chance to evaluate Don's thesis -"Simply engage a couple of the "A-List" bloggers (Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Om Malik, Steve Gillmor, Cory Doctorow, Richard MacManus,  Stowe Boyd, and others) by sending them a link to your new product or service. Tell them what problem it ...
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EirePreneurBest Technology Blog nomination - thanks! (6.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
The competition is hot so I daren't hope to win but it's an honour to be nominated for the Best Technology Blog category of the Irish Blog Awards. And fair play to Bitbuzz - Ireland's largest independent wi-fi network - for sponsoring the category. UPDATE: Wow, I just noticed that Web2.0 Ireland, the group blog Emmet Connolly and myself started together is also nominated in the Best Technology Blog category. Thanks!
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EirePreneurAdvertising Startup positions, part 2 (6.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Conor O'Neill of Argalon Solutions has followed up on an earlier converation we had regarding the disintermedation of jobs listings for Irish startups.The job-seekers have no easy way to identify which start-ups are looking for people whilst start-ups like ourselves find the cost of advertising nationally on a regular basis prohibitive.Our comment to James was that we found the costs too high and the results to be mediocre in using both Monster.ie and The Irish Examiner. The cost of The Irish Ti...
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EirePreneurListening Lists illustrated (6.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Kosso said I must be jacked-in to his brain when I was putting forth my ideas about "Reading Lists, Listening Lists and Watching Lists" so it's very interesting to see him expanding upon his ideas for Listening Lists here. And what a great graphic he found to illustrate the idea. Thanks too Kosso for building a great Listening List for IT Conversations, my favourite podcasting network.Of couse I've been using the word Beed as a catch-all phrase for Multimedia Lists (Watching Lists, Listending Li...
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EirePreneurThose YANKs (6.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Yet Another Nooked Klone. I wonder how Fergus Burns feels about having pioneered an ever growing category of software.
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EirePreneurFundable for Angel Investing (6.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
And speaking of Fergus Burns he continues the conversation opened by John Collins about the Irish investment market and M&A activities.I wish there was a version of Fundable for investing in companies. I, for one, would love to invest a few hundred (or more) in some of the early stage Irish Web 2.0 ventures, like Nooked, Tablane and PXN8, whether they're BES approved or not. Surely there are a few thousand like minded individuals out there. Multiply a few hundred by a few thousand and sudden...
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EirePreneur9 must reads before you launch a startup (3.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Dot Tactics has the details. I think I've read most of them before but this is a good bookmark for anyone who hasn't.
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EirePreneurNo Web 2.0 in Dublin? (3.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
If I remember correctly Walter Higgins was no fan of Web 2.0 hype but I see that it didn't take him long to add PXN8 to the Web 2.0 Innovation Map ;-)Fergus Burns says that he's submitted Nooked too but its still not showing up. But when it does it will leave 'the regions' dominating the map of Ireland. Aren't there any Web 2.0 companies in Dublin? Or Limerick? Or Galway? Or Termonfeckin?
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EirePreneurWanted: Feed Jockeys (3.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Tom Morris says he's a Feed Jockey and I guess I am too. I'm spinnin' the feeds in the Irish Entrepreneurs reading list. And we need plently more Feed Jockeys for the Open Irish Directory. Please take a browse through it using OPod and see what sub-node you'd like to add. Then email the node editor or post a comment here and we'll set you up. Or you can set yourself up by building a reading list with BlogBridge or an online editor like OPMLworkstation or OPMLmanager.
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EirePreneurA River of Feeds, forget about subscriptions (3.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Dave Winer advocates a River of News model for RSS aggregation -"Instead of having to hunt for new stories by clicking on the titles of feeds, you just view the page of new stuff and scroll through it. It's like sitting on the bank of a river, watching the boats go by. If you miss one, no big deal."And yesterday he reiterated those views in light of Microsoft's preview release of IE7 with RSS aggregation features, which Scott Karp called a "glorified 'favourites' feature".The River of News model...
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EirePreneurNew magazine for Irish business women (2.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Piaras Kelly tells us that "a new magazine is set to be launched in Ireland this year called ‘Women Mean Business’". I was interviewed by Regina Lavelle in November for a feature in the Irish Independent Weekend section about (the lack of) Irish women in business. It ran before Christmas but my contribution was left out :(Anyway, one of things I wrote to Regina was -I was lucky enough to receive a grant from Enterprise Ireland a few years ago to help develop my business, as part of t...
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EirePreneur75 new high potential startups in 2005 (2.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Speaking of Enterprise Ireland RTE brings the news that they "supported the setting up of 75 new export focused high potential companies last year - the highest number it has ever supported. The body invested €17m of the total €83m investment in the new start-ups." Kudos!
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EirePreneurActually we're all edge cases... and promiscuous (2.2.2006, 13:00 UTC)
The current debate about edge cases, as regards RSS feeds, is missing a very important point. With today's model of feed consumption - subscription and aggregation - it is true to say that someone, like me, who funnels hundreds of feeds into his attention space each day, is indeed an edge case. But with tomorrow's model of feed sampling - glancing and grazing we'll all be edge cases.When you walk down the street do you subscribe to the thousands of sensory feeds in the information ether? Not at ...
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EirePreneurSome questions *are* stupid, but you should still ask them (1.2.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Great post by Richard Rodger on his blog, "How to Start a Software Company Without Really Trying" -"Business is all about creating something from nothing. You have to explore all the avenues. If you’re just trying stuff that you think will work, you’re not doing enough. The biggest breaks come from stupid stuff. If most of life is just turning up, then most of business is just asking. The worst anybody can say to you is 'no'. Get over it."I love this quote because the widom can be ap...
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EirePreneurFax Your TD - a successful pledge drive (1.2.2006, 01:00 UTC)
Congratulations to John Handelaar on a successful pledge drive for his Fax Your TD initiative. These are the kind of DIY projects we need to see more of in Ireland.
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EirePreneurLinkerick (31.1.2006, 17:00 UTC)
I've now got 15 pubs and hotels pinpointed in my interactive map of Limerick. All thanks to the brilliant Map Builder service. Many of the floating descriptors include links to the venue's corresponding webpage. Mapbuilder even provides an RSS feed for new additions to the map. Any Shannon-siders want to suggest other locations to mark?
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EirePreneurEnterprise Ireland RSS feed needs fixin' (31.1.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Its good to see that the Enterprise Ireland e-Business Live newsletter now has its own RSS feed. However it needs to be fixed - the title is currently set to "Enterprise Ireland - e-Business Live -- Issue No. 152". Not good to have an issue number in there folks. Also, while RSS marketing pioneers Nooked get a deserved mention in the announcement there is no link to their website. I hate that! It completely misses the point of a webpage. While I already knew about Nooked how many of t...
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EirePreneurDo Purple Cows graze on gRaSS? (31.1.2006, 13:00 UTC)
I previously suggested that instead of aggregating or subscribing to RSS feeds we'll soon be mostly 'feed glancing'. I don't know if I explained it too well but at least Kosso seemed to grok it. However, I'm now wondering if it might be better to use the term 'feed grazing' instead. Afterall, one definition of 'graze' is "to feed on herbage in a field". Another is "to touch lightly in passing".And that's exactly what OPML browsing, RSS reading applications like OPod and Taska...
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EirePreneurFuture of Web Apps Summit - calling Irish attendees (31.1.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Emmet Connolly is arranging a meetup of Irish attendees of the Future of Web Apps Summit next week in London. Good to see that entrepreneurs like Alan, Walter and Diarmaid are going along. Unfortunately Keith can't make it but he's kindly setup a del.icio.us tag for event tagmobbing.
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EirePreneurVoiceSage takes the stage (31.1.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Cork based company VoiceSage were profiled in yesteday's Examiner. Bernie Goldbach has previously mentioned how appealing their VoiceSage Notice product is, as used by furniture retailer Instore . They launched that Notice only a few months ago and they'll soon be following up with VoiceInteract which will allow message recipients to connect to a customer service operator, and more.What I found most interesting was to learn that they're pretty much a virtual team - with three staff at HQ in Cork...
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EirePreneurInformation overload? Don't subscribe. Don't aggregate. Glance! (30.1.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Rowan Nairn does a great job of breaking down the different types of RSS feeds we subscribe to. His 4th category of feed is -Friend’s and must-see feeds:With these feeds, I want to at least glance at every item that comes through, maybe not immediately but eventually. These can be almost as important as personal email. List-of-feeds works alright here. My current personal project is addressing this latter speciesRowan uses the word glance in that paragraph and I think its more significant ...
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EirePreneurWhat it sometimes takes to win business (30.1.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Sometimes the 'whatever is necessary' actions of quick thinking entrepreneurs are borderline unethical. But its difficult not to admire the 'can do' attitude.The story in yesterday's Sunday Times of how Strencom's Tim Murphy won an early large contract is a case in point and a rather amusing annecdote -"When the client asked to visit Strencom’s premises, Murphy, who had just two employees, called in family and friends to sit in the office and pretend they worked there."Read on to see how t...
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EirePreneurWhat it sometimes takes to win business (30.1.2006, 17:00 UTC)
Sometimes the 'whatever is necessary' actions of quick thinking entrepreneurs are borderline unethical. But its difficult not to admire the 'can do' attitude.The story in yesterday's Sunday Times of how Strencom's Tim Murphy won an early large contract is a case in point and a rather amusing annecdote -"When the client asked to visit Strencom’s premises, Murphy, who had just two employees, called in family and friends to sit in the office and pretend they worked there."Read on to see how t...
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EirePreneurFantasy business teams (30.1.2006, 13:03 UTC)
Damien Mulley points to the buzz surrounding proposals to reboot the way venture capitalism works. And Scoble's post extrapolates the ideas around outsourcing business functions and building virtual companies, eg -"5) Venture deep technical help. Let’s be honest. The skills to get a prototype service up and working are far different than making it work for 10 million users. Building UI’s in Ruby on Rails is a lot easier than building a server farm that can handle exponentially-growin...
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EirePreneurUsing Mapbuilder to anotate Irish cities (27.1.2006, 14:51 UTC)
Mapbuilder "lets you tag locations on a map and publish it on your own site. Mapping is now easier than ever. It's free"The full tagline deserves to be quoted on this occasion because Mapbuilder really is a brilliant service. It only took me 20 minutes to produce this map of Limerick with three hotels tagged. I'll be adding pubs, restaurants and more over the coming days.I think it would be really nice to have a detailed anotated map of every city in Ireland, if for nothing more than blogger mee...
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EirePreneurCorrections to Entrepreneurship reading list (27.1.2006, 13:00 UTC)
Sorry but I originally posted the link to my Irish MSM Reading List in the the previous post when I should have posted this one for my Entrepeneurship Reading List instead. I've already updated the list to include both Tom Raftery's 'regular' blog and his Podleaders podcast feed.I've also used Feedpile to build an aggregate page of the same reading list for anyone who'd prefer to view them in a browser. This is quite a useful service actually. I can imagine local communities building reading lis...
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EirePreneurHere's a Reading List for budding entrepreneurs (27.1.2006, 09:00 UTC)
BlogBridge has launched version 2.12 which now supports Reading List publication. In addition to the earlier support for Reading List subscription this makes BlogBridge a pioneering RSS aggregator. In celebration of this powerful new capability I've used it to publish a Reading List for Entrepreneurs composed entirely of feeds from Irish bloggers. In future when someone asks me for the best blog resources for entrepreneurship I'll just advise them to subcribe to this Reading List.Now, I'm curren...
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