Archive for the ‘business’ category

Edgecast Media Website Launched

August 27, 2007

Today Edgecast Media Ltd launches its official company website: In the past that URL redirected to, a site which had started out as my personal blog.

It was obvious from the moment the company was formed that one site could not continue to be all things to everyone. However given the myriad tasks involved in starting a new business, it’s probably not surprising that it took a few months longer than we planned.

This post will appear this morning on 3 websites. The following information may be relevant to you, depending which site you are currently viewing:

  • If you normally visit, you’ll notice a change this morning. Previously URLs redirected to From today, hosts its own website. This site will be the official company website, with information on products and services and company news. It already contains a selection of the business related posts which originally appeared on You can subscribe to the feed at
  • This is the new URL for my personal blog, as well as my Digiculture podcast. It is the successor to and contains the full archive of all the blog posts from that site. You can subscribe to the feed at
  • This is the last post which will appear on If you are subscribed to you will need to subscribe to one or both of the feeds listed above in order to receive further news from me or from Edgecast Media Ltd. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I hope this will improve the experience for everyone from now on.

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Create Programme Deadline this Friday

July 25, 2007

If you’re thinking of applying to the Create Programme for Digital Media Entrepreneurs at Dun Laoghaire Institute for Art Design and Technology, the closing date is this Friday at 12pm.

The programme consists of 12 months training and mentorship of Digital Media startups, and includes:

  • Programme grant of €550 per month
  • 12 months customised training programme tailored towards the core business and management skills needed for starting up and managing a sustainable business
  • A dedicated location in IADT’s campus Incubation Centre – The Media Cube – equipped with broadband and phone connections
  • Access to Digital Media commercial and technical expertise from an expert panel of mentors and trainers

Further information from Helen Murphy, email: create AT iadt dot ie, or phone +353 (0) 1 2144644.

See also: Article in ENN

Safety in Startups

July 4, 2007

Frank Fullard points out that working for a large organisation is no longer a guarantee of job security – if indeed it ever really was. By contrast, most new jobs are being created in small businesses.

Since I left my old job in April, that company’s parent announced a global headcount reduction target of 10%. As of yet, the management of the Irish operation has not stated how they will meet this target.

I’m not saying that I am more secure in my employment now than I was in my old job. But I am in control and, as Frank points out, I’m learning the skills of entrepreneurship. Three months on, the initial success of Edgecast Media has exceeded what I had hoped for, but if for some reason it were to fail I don’t think I’d be sending my CV to MegaCorp Inc. Now that I’ve begun to develop my own resources as a business person, why would I get back in the back seat? I’m not knocking the corporate job – but I must admit that I’m pleasantly surprised at the unexpected peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that my success and my security are in my own hands.

What do I mean by this exactly? Well it’s simple. No job is safe, whether in a large multinational or in a small startup. But the non-entrepreneur who loses his job is faced with the worrying question: “Who will give me another job?” The entrepreneur, on the other hand, simply says: “Let’s try something else …”

Learnings from OpenCoffee Limerick

June 29, 2007

I wasn’t able to attend OpenCoffee Limerick yesterday morning, but I dropped in as the gathering broke up in time to catch the following useful insights:

  • Since the latest version of Google Reader, James Corbett no longer uses Feeddemon. I remain attracted to the idea of offline feed reading, but I must admit that one of the reasons I’ve fallen behind is that it’s often less attractive to open another application to read my feeds.
  • Plans are underway for the “Paddy’s Valley” blog-inspired Irish entrepreneurs tour of Silicon Valley in December.
  • It might be a good idea to hold Podcamp Ireland on the same weekend as the Podcast Expo in California. Discuss!
  • The social network of choice for many Tipperary Institute students is Flickr.
  • The informal coffee morning in Limerick’s Clarion Hotel has already spawned a joint venture development project between 3 of the companies involved.

Bernie Goldbach has a detailed report.

Emotional Intelligence in Application

June 17, 2007

Last Monday’s Irish Times caught my eye with the words “New Business Magazine” on the cover, and I bought my first copy in months.  Next morning, on a train trip to Dublin, I got around to reading it, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it felt a lot like reading some of my favourite Web 2.0 blogs.  The magazine is called Innovation and it’s heavy on technology, startups, research and, of course, innovation; and I’ll definitely be looking out for it in future.  (Wonder if I can get it with RSS?!)

One of the most interesting things from my point of view however was an interview with Emotional Intelligence evangelist Daniel Goleman, who recently conducted a seminar in Dublin.  Interesting, because I had just that morning completed pre-production on a new series of podcasts with my client Michael Byrne on that same subject: Emotional Intelligence.


Digiculture #2: Media Moves

June 4, 2007

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Conn O Muineachain at IBW Conference

Digiculture Episode 2 (30MB, 32:01, MP3) is out, and on an iTunes near you!  It features an interview with David Dunn of Mediaforum in relation to the Media Moves conference (as mentioned here previously).  There are more eachtraí from the world of the wandering podcaster, including my 3-minute elevator pitch from the conference!  All I need now is a very slow elevator …

Irish Business Women Rock!

May 23, 2007

I’m still recovering from doing two conferences and driving 500 miles last Thursday and Friday.  It was great to catch up with Michele, Brian and Jason at the Irish Internet Association Annual Congress, and I also met Richard Delevan, Richard Hearne and David Behan, to mention just a few.

After a heroic editing marathon, Brian has just published the entire suite of podcasts from Thursday’s conference.  If you weren’t there (or if you spent the day networking in the corridors), you can now take in the presentations and discussions at your leisure.  Well done Brian – and well done Microsoft Ireland for recognising the sponsorship value of these podcasts.  They’ll continue to resonate on the internet for months to come.

Terry ProneOnce I dragged myself away from the IIA, I had a late night drive to Mayo, where I was the podcaster-in-residence at the conference.  Unlike Brian however, I’ll be spreading the post-production of these over a couple of weeks.  The first one is published today (24MB, 41:14, MP3), and features valuable advice on communications by one of Ireland’s most respected practitioners: Terry Prone of Carr Communications.  Terry’s message is wonderfully clear: Listen.  Keep it simple.  Don’t use tricks or gimmicks.  Be interesting, understandable and memorable.