Tuesday 27 September 2016

Channel Sight: Company of man behind Ryanair's first website raises €3.3m

John Beckett helped build Ryanair website

Published 15/10/2015 | 08:06

Channel Sight has raised €3.3m
Channel Sight has raised €3.3m
John Beckett - Picture: Luke Maxwell, Silicon Republic

Irish e-commerce technology firm Channel Sight has raised €3.3m from investors including Nauta Capital and John Flynn's ACT Venture Capital.

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The company, which provides 'Buy Now' buttons to help firms sell more goods online, said it would use the money to scale more quickly and to invest in its partner base.

The company's clients include Cadbury, Oreo, Philips, Mondelez and Bosch.

Its chief executive is John Beckett (34) - he  helped build the first Ryanair website as a 17-year-old when he was still in school in 1995.

The company Adrenalin Internet Systems, developed websites for local businesses in North Dublin.

By the time his Leaving Cert results came out Mr Beckett decided not to go to college because of his company's success.

In 2003, he started BuyIreland.com which sells "novelty gifts" of one square-foot chunks of land from a plot in County Roscommon.

According to his Linkedin post, other interests include interests include a biometrics company which developed technology that featured worldwide on the Discovery Channel as well as property ventures in Ireland and Europe, They also include a US-based gifts company, a skin cancer screening clinic, a public transport business in Ireland, a software company in Malaysia and a dental manufacturing lab.

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