Monday 24 June 2019

Age shall not wither them... OK, so they are over 30 – but only just. Don't put them out to grass

Ten that are not far over 30, young at heart and still worth watching

Tom Lyons

Padraig Mannion (30)


According to Padraig Mannion, Superbly, is "like the eHarmony of recruiting".

Superbly, which he founded last year, has an interesting premise; saving companies from the drudge of reading CVs and finding candidates.

The company instead collects information from both employers and candidates, assesses how well matched the person is to the role, then displays it all in "a beautiful and elegant dashboard", saving the employer days of trudging through CVs and helping them find the best match for their company.

It all sounds a little like wizardry or witchcraft, but we're assured that the process is a result of psychometric testing and some powerful software.

Paddy Cosgrave (30)


If you've got the contacts and chutzpah to organise an annual private gathering attended by some of the most important inventors of the past decade, then you deserve to succeed, and succeed Paddy Cosgrave does. F.ounders, which he started in 2010, has serious clout and in the past has been attended by Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter; Niklas Zennstrom, the founder of Skype; Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix; and YouTube founder Chad Hurley.

The same year Cosgrave launched F.ounders he also launched the Dublin Web Summit, which is now in its fourth year and is already Ireland's largest business event. He previously founded MiCandidate, a service that provided real-time political content to media companies in 25 European countries.

Phil Riordan (30)


The idea for BragBet, a betting and social networking start-up, came about when Phil Riordan and the two other founders, Brian O'Mullane and Jonathan O'Neill, met at the 2010 Start-Up Weekend in Dublin.

The platform allows groups of friends or colleagues to discuss sporting events to-gether and decide which events are worth a bet.

BragBet is developing a software platform that manages the social networking, suggestions, betting and leader-board facilities and was beta-tested during Euro 2012.

Last month the company announced that it had become the official betting partner of the FAI.

Aodhan Cullen (30)


Identifying the potential of the fledgling internet at just 16 years of age, Aodhan Cullen founded web analytics company StatCounter back in 1999.

Today, the company monitors over three million websites and tracks over 15 billion page views per month.

Buoyed by the success of the start-up, Cullen followed it with StatCounter Global Stats, a free online tool that provides internet usage stats and trends for search engines, browsers and operating systems, including mobile.

Along the way, he has also been awarded with the 2008 Eircom Golden Spider Internet Hero, as well as the 2007 Businessweek Young European Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ronan O'Brien (30)


Serial entrepreneur Ronan O'Brien has in a relatively short career become something of a specialist in the often cluttered online retail sector, focusing on unobvious or previously untapped corners of the clothing market.

For example, as his first trick out of the bag, O'Brien launched six years ago, providing wacky attire for hen nights, Halloween parties or just those with an enthusiasm for fancy dress.

Buoyed by the success of the site, O'Brien has gone on to establish several others, selling everything from wheelchairs and trophies to bikinis and designer clothing.

Emma Sharkey (32)

McCann Blue

DIT graduate Emma Sharkey earned her stripes at international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, copywriting ads for clients such as the HSE, Eircom, Xtra-vision, Ford and a memorable zombie TV ad for Lucozade.

Alongside creative partner Ray Swan, Sharkey moved to McCann Dublin in 2007 where the duo made their name in the creation of several successful (and often award-winning) campaigns, including the poignant Cervical Check Changes drive for the National Cancer Screening Agency.

Last year Sharkey and Swan were named joint creative directors of the firm which became McCannBlue after the summer merging of McCann Dublin and BlueCube. Their work for Dairygold recently won an AIM Award 2013 for Best Integrated Campaign.

Eamon Moore (32)


Having entered the IT sector in 1995, Eamon Moore cut his teeth as an IT administrator at CSK Software; He once spent a month heading up the IT department of CSK Software at just 18 years of age following the departure of several employees.

A few months after graduating from DCU in 2003, Moore founded E-Mit Solutions, and the firm has since become a recognised IT consultancy and outsourcing business.

Having spotted a gap in the Irish cloud services market here, Moore founded Cloud Compare last year with a view to changing the way in which businesses move on to the cloud. He's currently managing director of both companies and in his spare time is a cloud adviser for Dublin Chamber of Commerce members and a speaker for organisations such as the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing in DCU.

Brian Fallon (31)

Distilled Media

Having founded property website at the tender age of 15 with brother Eamonn, Brian Fallon now sits on top of Distilled Media, a succesful online publisher.

With a stable that includes various other property-focused sites, as well as the influential and online news outlet, the company claims to rake in 3.65 million unique users per month.

A member of the Trinity alumni, Fallon has since returned to the campus, enjoying a stint as a part-time lecturer between 2006 and 2008.

Gene Murphy (33)

Redeem & Get

Following the completion of a degree in business and marketing at Portobello College, Gene Murphy began his career in the publishing and event industries before turning his attention online.

The move paid off after the 33-year-old co-founded voucher redemption and scheduling site Redeem & Get, offering services for businesses that participate in daily deals online.

In 2011, Redeem & Get was awarded the ESB Electric Ireland Spark of Genius Award at the Dublin Web Summit, winning a business support package worth €40,000 and an investment of €100,000.

Murphy is a graduate of the Enterprise Ireland iGAP4 course and has also been a mentor at Startupbootcamp, Dublin.

Trevor Parsons (33)


After completing his PhD in University College Dublin, Trevor Parsons led a number of joint research projects in conjunction with the third- level institute and IBM's Dublin Software Lab, founding Logentries with Dr Viliam Holub in 2010.

Logentries offers cloud-based services for collecting and analysing huge amounts of machine-generated log data on everything from software applications to mobile phones.

Last year, high-profile American firm Polaris Ventures led a $1m investment round in Logentries, leading to the establishment of an office across the water in Boston.

In addition, the company has received support from Launchpad, UCD's Nova Innovation Centre and Enterprise Ireland.

Sunday Independent

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