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Customer : I need a drill
Seller: What for?
Customer : To make holes in a wall <<—Pivot: Drills to Holes
Seller: Why do you need holes
Customer: To attach a shelf <<—Pivot: Holes to Storage
Seller: Why do you need a shelf
Customer : To Store Books
Seller: Have you looked at our storage solutions?
Customer: Yes but I like to browse my collections, boxes and cupboards don’t work
Seller: Do you have a lot of books?
Customer: Yes, four or five stand up bookshelves
Seller: What kind of shelf are you attaching?
Customer: Just a single shelf
Seller: How come not another stand up bookshelf?
Customer: I’ve run out of space <<— Pivot: Storage to e-Readers
Seller: Have you looked at our new e-Readers?
Customer: What’s an e-Reader?
I bought this mouse today in town. Got it home and finally managed to break through the packaging to the tiny contents. Not very green.
I did a presentation called “A Cheap Date with Cloud Computing” at the a French Chamber of Commerce event last Thursday .
During the presentation I made an off the cuff comment about staying away from Irish outsourcing companies because they were too expensive. This comment was reported by Chris Horn which elicited some responses online.
Twitter is not a good medium for debate so I thought I would clarify my comments.
- Irish web design/dev shops are more expensive than overseas suppliers and they all seem to get business, so more power to them. This is free market economics at its best.
- Overseas is not just India/China. You can find good, low cost developers much closer to home within two or three timezones of Ireland
- The tech requirements for the audience at The French Chamber of Commerce (primarily SMEs and mostly non tech sector) is limited in scope and doesn’t require high powered (i.e. expensive) design skills or code cutting capability
If you are building genuinely novel software for a new or emerging market using agile techniques then there is some argument for going local because proximity to your development team is a key requirement.
However even in those projects a significant amount of “grunt” work is required (building wordpress themes, connecting payment engines, porting software to different platforms etc.). This work is an ideal candidate for outsourcing and Odesk and Elance do an excellent job of providing a marketplace for lowering the cost of these activities.
As for design work, well I will never ever source startup logos from anywhere other than 99designs.com, end of.
Oct 1st to 3rd
Don’t forget to book tickets for Dublin Startup Weekend 1st – 3rd Oct @ http://dublin.startupweekend.org/
BOOKING CLOSES 29th SEP
This event is an intense 54-hour event that brings together people with great ideas for web or mobile apps together to develop them from concepts to operational, launch-ready systems over the weekend.
We’re seeking a good mix of developers, designers, bus dev, marketers, and all round innovators, to make this event bigger and better than the last one.
The last event resulted in the incorporation of 3 start-up companies, all still working to develop their products, and everyone who took part (whether they went on to start-up or not) spoke of the value of the weekend.
• To register, visit: http://dublin.startupweekend.org/
• To express your interest, see who else is interested, and receive updates on the event over the coming weeks, visit:http://events.linkedin.com/Startup-Weekend-Dublin/pub/402541
• To read about the event in Silicon Republic, visit: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/item/17540
Tickets cost €75 and numbers are limited.
I used to slag my buddy Caelen King about the crappy name he chose for his medical tourism search engine RevaHealth.com. Well, he bit the bullet recently and changed the name to the much better whatclinic.com. He also shared some great stats with me,
- Whatclinic.com now has over half a million visitors a month up from 190,000 at the start of the year
- Every day 800 people submit email inquiries to clinics on our site an an additional 900 people call clinics on our site.
- The main treatment categories being looked for are; dental, doctors plastic and beauty
- The average treatment value being looked for €2,000
- We do business in 20 different countries
- UK is now our strongest market and is growing exceptionally well
With Anglo just having dropped another 8.2bn this quarter its great to see a business thriving amidst all the misery and woe.
Here’s a slideshare of Caelen that shows how they go about there business.
You’re an Entrepreneur, right? You want to know how to do your business right? Right?
Ok, well get your ass over to the Enterprise Ireland and apply for the iGAP program. I attended this six month program last year and it was quite simply the best enterpreneur training I have ever done and you are talking to a guy who has been on a lot of training programs in the past few years.
Why is is so great? Well its designed to help people build online businesses. It has and outstanding posse of trainers including Ed Bussey (COO of Zyb), Jonathan Dillon (ex M&A at Yahoo), Sean Ellis (Marketing at Logmein, Drobox and Uproar Games), Oren Michels (CEO at Mashery) and a host of local experts.
The whole program is run by Brian Caulfield who may be the single most successful serial entrepreneur of our generation.
You couldn’t pay these guys to give you 30 minutes of their time normally, but each one of them has offered up several days of his time to give an oversight of their particular area of expertise.
You will leave iGAP with a killer pitch deck and the ability to deliver it, a believeable business model and customer acquisition plan and the knowledge that it has all be vetted and reviewed by some of the best in the business.
You have got to have rocks in your head the size of Gibraltar not to apply today. Go, now!
You need to blow past the economic formula in the first few pages and get into the meat of the analysis. In summary, in 2009 we opened our main parachute and a grand piano popped out in its place. In 2010 we will open the reserve ‘chute to find an anchor attached.
Some nice quotes:
“The destruction of the Irish entrepreneurial class may prove one of the most enduring and costly consequences of the property bubble”
“The mis-management of Irish financial institutions was amplified by the presence of a genuinely rogue bank, Anglo Irish”
“Since the seventeenth century, financial innovation has consisted in banks finding new ways to lose money”
“However, the question remains of why, given that Ireland’s bankers were probably no more reckless, its regulators no more spineless, and its politicians no more clueless than their counterparts elsewhere, how did Ireland come to have a far larger credit boom than other wealthy economies, with the exception of Iceland?”
“The issue therefore is not whether the Irish bank bailout will restore the Irish banks so that they can function as independent commercial entities: it cannot. Rather it is whether the Irish government’s commitments to bank bond holders when added to its existing spending commitments, will overwhelm the fiscal capacity of the Irish state, forcing outside entities such as the IMF and EU to intervene and impose a resolution on the Irish banking system”
Read it and weep.
From the National Digital Research Centre website:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The NDRC is currently calling for project proposals under three newly launched programmes:
1. Entrepreneurial Internships: This programme is designed to develop small scale projects with aspiring entrepreneurs to produce commercially focused applications in the web and mobile space. This investment programme is an avenue for individuals or small teams with links to a third level institution to pursue potential opportunities from idea to application in a supportive environment and among a set of peers. For more information about our Entrepreneurial Internship programme visit this page.
2. CTR Feasibility projects: We are investing in a programme to develop projects with established academics and companies that are potential collaborative translational research projects, but would benefit from upfront problem-solution and market validation. The focus of projects within the programme will be in the areas of health, education, entertainment and the environment. For more information about our CTR Feasibility programme visit this page.
3. Collaborative Translational Research projects: Having built a portfolio of collaborative translational research projects, the National Digital Research Centre is embarking on a second investment phase in further collaborative translational research. As such, the NDRC is seeking to facilitate further collaborations between established academics and industry partners to develop commercially-focused research projects in the application areas of health, education, entertainment and the environment.
In this specific call, the NDRC is particularly interested in receiving proposals for environmental technologies – specifically targeted at energy efficiency as distinct from green energy generation – in a digital context. We are not, however, excluding good ideas in other digital application areas. For more information about our Collaborative Translational Research programme visit this page.
To register and access online forms for all of these programmes visit this page.