Archive for June, 2013

Fluffy Links – Monday June 24th 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013

LinkedIn training course in Cork, July 8th.

Vinecrawler. A Vine search engine. This is a search for Ireland on it.

Speaking of which, feature comparisons between Vine and Instagram video. Not going to upgrade to InstaVid though. Different channels in my view.

And still on that. Burberry puts their entire London show on Vine.

Irish Times and the Indo both to get paywalls in 2013. Great for the smaller news sites, if they cease on this. Free content is unfortunately better than quality content, volume wise. Ironic too that the newspapers who seem to want kickbacks from RTÉ will help traffic to RTÉ with this move.


Hell is other people. Avoiding your “friends” by using their Foursquare connections against them.

Heard John Cooper Clarke on RTÉ Arena read this the other night. I wanna be yours.

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust

Sit back for 15 minutes…

Engulfed in quotes from business people

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

I think you should write the rules, if you follow things in a formulaic manner you will wind up at best being the same as everyone else

Tim Cook – Inspirational Nuggets. Collaboration and lack of ego seems to be massively important to Apple.

Find me a provocative topic, and I’ll show you something you don’t have to spend a lot of marketing dollars to launch. People like to be provoked, and if you are provoking with information that is on the side of the angels, on the side of the consumer, the louder the industry reacts. And they just can’t win. It’s the greatest way to market, pick a fight with somebody who can’t win.

Rich Barton says pick a fight.

4. Look for what isn’t there. But should be.
5. Ideas make you stand out. Great ideas make you standalone.
15. ‘Standing still’ is just a nicer way of saying ‘going backwards’. Don’t stand still.

23 Laws of Creativity from David Hieatt.

Figure 1 – Crowd sourcing medical knowledge

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Came across an iPhone app (US Store only) for Doctors to share (with consent) patient ailment pics called Figure 1.

Take a pic, share it, get feedback. You find some very gorey things, like brains at an autopsy, severed fingers etc. Or this one:

Or when Doctors share the shoddy work of other Doctors, you may get worried:

Fun times.

Don’t be at your desk, don’t be in Cork, don’t be in Ireland

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


We need to send our sons and daughters away. All the bleating from Enterprise Ireland and the IDA showing off hipsters in startups in Ireland (that they rarely gave a shit about until it became a marketing hook) is great but where the big time is, is not here. We’re Ireland. We’re not Silicon Valley, we have more landmass than Israel but nothing else compares. Hipster startup kids, you’re just marketing collateral for Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to bring in tax avoidance money and a smattering of jobs. I worry for Pat Phelan as he drives himself to the edge of the burnout cliff and then stamps the dirt down on that edge but Trustev is hitting all the right spots and you’ll notice while it was thought of, formulated and molded in Ireland, to succeed Pat and Chris need to be on planes going out of the country for meetings. It can be anchored here but there isn’t going to be many walk-in customers for Trustev. And that’s where they’re going and that’s why they’re hitting it out of the park every day with awards, media attention and nonstop calls. Well done them.

There isn’t the established wealth and there isn’t the inbound wealth in Ireland to lavish patience on startups. You’ll probably learn more in one day in the startup scene in London, New York and Berlin than in Ireland in six months. Whether a conscious decision or a reactive necessity, Wayra in supporting Pat and Trustev, has helped them to be what appears to be “everywhere, every week”. Wayra is handy in that they have incubation centres in many countries so they have people on site in places you need (and not just ought) to be. A network of global incubation centres, great idea.

For me, in the busy season, I see my house at weekends and when people ask me is all the (internal) travel tiring, I tell them of course it is but I go where the money is. One of the suggestions from the Farmleigh love-ins a few years ago was to take some of the best business graduates and send them into the middle management of various countries in Europe, Africa, Asia. It seems the Government worried about the “optics” of a brain drain. That worked…

Apocrypha about the Collisons unable to set up a company in Ireland or even Father Ted being rejected by RTÉ probably aid in the lie that you could be big in Ireland “if it wasn’t for”, in truth you’ll fail faster and better and succeed in places with more resources and experience. London is better for comedy and TV than Dublin, Silicon Valley is going to be better to work on a startup. How much would it cost to be a mini-model of Silicon Valley in Ireland? Billions? And you’ll still be going to the Valley monthly anyway.

Irish people have a huge sense of longing and want to be back to where they came from. They’ll also help out their brothers and sisters at “home” when they can. Hubspot and the Irish roots connection. EMC. Again, they might be good PR bits but Cork got EMC because of a Cork connection. Ireland would benefit immensely if more Irish people were in companies outside of Ireland, corporate tax dodges or not. English speaking well educated workforce yada yada, yet it’s foreign language jobs the multinationals hire here for more …

Teach our graduates how to work in startups in the States, in London, in Berlin, in Hong Kong and enable them to do that. Throw a rock in Ireland now and you hit an incubation centre, there are companies that play the “incubation centre” shuffle as they hop from incubation centre to centre for 6 years it seems. That suggests there are not enough quality startups out there surely or too many incubation centres?

Want to start a startup in Ireland, have no ties like kids and a mortgage? Leave and fuck those that guilt trip you with “I decided to stay and fight here”, I’m staying because I’m comfortable and lazy, actually.

Anyway, this started as a link to Trustev winning another award and congratulating them. Ooops.

Fluffy Links – Saturday June 15th 2013

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

“Through the use of language, I was writing God into existence … the actualising of God through the medium of the lovesong remains my prime motivation as an artist.” Nick Cave on the art of writing the love song. 45+ minutes of miserable beauty.

Terrifying. You don’t say yes to the NSA and:

And then the DoJ targeted him and prosecuted him and put him in prison for insider trading — on the theory that he knew of anticipated income from secret programs that QWest was planning for the government, while the public didn’t because it was classified and he couldn’t legally tell them, and then he bought or sold QWest stock knowing those things.

A cricket orchestra. Really. Lars Fredriksson looks after all sorts of Chinese crickets and then builds an orchestra around them. The chirps from them change depending on the instrument that plays with them. Found via Lyric FM.

Evening course in Chinese with a module on doing business, in UCC from September. Awfully designed website alert (I can’t even link directly to the course page)

Daniel Pink, the new ABCs of selling. Hmmm, dunno.

The worst charities in America. Works exactly the same here. For-profit companies collecting for charities is lazy, indulgent and idiotic. But then look at all the Irish “charities” with CEOs on well over 120k a year. Charity in definition only.

The latest not so very subtle message from Apple is that they deeply understand design and are a Californian design company. An expensively produced ad on how Apple helps people to change the world is brilliant too:

Stanley Kubrick – the full docu

Fluffy Links – Tuesday June 11th 2013

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Guerrilla Gourmet Club. Ross Golden-Bannon & Robert Lee Mulcahy are doing a popup restaurant on Friday, 21 June in Dublin.

Startup motivational posters.

What’s behind the Facebook sound? Notes with F A C and E.

Panti in the Abbey. Great to see her show pop up there.

The original Sesame Street cast and the first episode.

Search data tells you if a movie will be a hit or not before the first opening weekend. Thanks Google.

The rise of the hardware startup.

The out of control surveillance state.

23 laws of creativity. David Hieatt. Legend.

The Tony Awards 2013 opening is all kinds of awesome.

Free Will and Testament