If you haven’t heard all the buzz in the last week or so about Dublin’s F.ounders event, then you’re not reading the right blogs or sites. It’s a must-attend says Butcher of Techcrunch and hear what other major bloggers and writers in Europe have to say. (scroll to the bottom for the links). My kick-off blog post can be found here.
Thanks to Enterprise Ireland who made sure I was on a plane for this not-to-be missed event and hats off to Paddy Cosgrave and his team for pulling together an experience that didn’t disappoint. The conference combined engagement, intellectual debate, networking, food, culture, pub crawls, founder stories and illuminaries under one roof for 2.5 days. (the one roof btw was the Dublin sky…….might I add that a vivid memory was of multi-colored and checkered umbrellas, block after block, as we made our way from one event to the next). Below is the event unveiled in images. Enjoy!
What’s so uncanny about this photo of Paddy Cosgrave and Michael Birch chatting at one of the hosted dinners? Except for the slight variation on angles of their glasses, do they not look a helluva lot alike? Can’t recall Birch’s shoes that evening tho now the yank who came all the way to Dublin and pays attention to fashion (including geek fashion) is dying to know.
Is that THE Michael Birch behind the counter serving pints of Guinness? How much did they pay you for the hour Mike? Inquiring minds want to know.
Did I mention that we took over the Guinness Storehouse?
You’re probably wondering whose feet these are? They belong to THE Paddy Cosgrave of course, for those who attended but never looked down. These feet are attached to a man who gets things done…..from walking, dialing, connecting, tweeting, emailing and everything under the sun to ensure F.ounders Dublin was a huge success.
Dr. Dorian Selz with Memonic and Maurice Collins with Ticket Truck
Chad Hurley during his fireside chat with Robin Wauters (sans the fire)
Mathys van Abbe of Moby Picture, Vannesa Fox, Paul Rush, Renee Blodgett
Matt Mullenweg (aka @photomatt – his blog header rocks btw)
Laurent Feras Pierssens
Some nights were blurrier than others, like the jet-legged first night at Saba Restaurant.
Andy Young of GroupSpaces (and oh btw, this man can DANCE – anyone have photos of him from the happening Krystal night club on the last night?)
Musician/storyteller Niall Toner at the Iveagh House dinner.
Yeah, our very own Dave McClure (Silicon Valley Dave McClure that is), showed up and added a little humor with his advice. (for those who missed the memo: he called the Irish community pussies if they did NOT invest in their own, since if they don’t, someone else will….like the damn yankees perhaps).
At the final night dinner (held at very cool Guinness Showroom), Paddy Cosgrave gets kudos from the community and other founders, while he thanks those who helped make the event a success! And yup, that is Tariq Krim, SimpleGeo’s Matt Galligan and Jeff Clavier stage right.
Kick-off Dinner (before we got any sleep)
Vanessa Fox proudly displays her PERFECT PINT certificate (of Guinness that is, what else?)
Is that TechCrunch’s Robin Wauters and Mike Butcher? (Butcher, you’re a genius. Thx to you, my Kodak is working again! Note to self and anyone else who wants to know: the man has hidden talents)
Crikey and golly-gee, it IS Nick Halstead? Does that mean the English actually showed up? Yes, and then some peeps; it was well worth the trek from all pockets of the continent.
Paul Hayes and his adorable and energetic son (after too many brown sugar cubes) at Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.
Matt Galligan and Tariq Krim
Product briefings Dublin style? (under an umbrella). Owen Cooney with Tunepresto.
BTW, pub crawls are VERY different on the other side of the pond. Think ambience, storytelling, dogs and drapes on decadent windows to die for. The fabrics and carpet are also incredibly rich even if they don’t always match….(details, details, details…)
Had I brought a different lens with me, this shot could have been incredible!
Did I mention pub crawls were part of the agenda? Just remember that while some damn good conversations happen on golf courses, they also happen in pubs, under wet umbrellas and in cafes where they serve dark chocolate, dark coffee and dark beer.
John Firzsimons with Camara and Ray Smith from DataHug (who won an award at Dublin’s Web Summit – check out the details on www.datahug.com).
Eddy Carroll of Amulet Devices
While we’re on the topic of hosted dinners, the food was fabulous –– everywhere.
A view from the front of Bono’s house late at night. (yes in the rain. Did I mention that it didn’t stop raining? I know I certainly tweeted about it).
While we’re on the topic of Bono, there’s an alley that runs alongside his house and on the stone walls and entry way gates and doors are messages that combine asks, pleas, thanks, and love to this renown superstar.
Meet Tommy the Lipp and no, he’s not part of the conference but he’s very much part of Dublin. I thought I’d end with a photo that could only be taken in Ireland. Many lads tdought I had an ‘Irishness’ abooute me and now tdat I’m back, I’m finding that my th’s are disappearin’ on mei and otder letters are getting a taad confuused too.
Not just the F.ounders and Dublin Web Summit rocked, but Ireland did too even in the pouring and drizzly rain. Thanks for the memories Dublin!