US Dragons breathe fire into series
THE cut and thrust of the American boardroom is set to come to 'Dragons' Den' next year, writes Ken Sweeney.
With home-based entrepreneurs finding themselves stretched, producers announced they are to jet in two Irish venture capitalists, based in the US, to splash the cash.
Joining the line-up of Ramona Nicholas, Gavin Duffy and Sean O'Sullivan in the Den, will be Peter Casey, the founder and executive chairman of Claddagh Resources, a global recruitment company, and Barry O'Sullivan, senior vice president at Cisco Systems.
"Peter and Barry will bring a new dimension to 'Dragons' Den'. They have knowledge and networks within the US, the biggest market in the world," producer Larry Bass told the Irish Independent.
Meanwhile, a 'Dragons' Den' spokeswoman said Mr O'Sullivan, from Cork and now working in San Francisco, "could pick up the phone to the great and the good in Silicon Valley".