Wednesday 21 February 2018

Bono brings rock-star glamour to Founders high-tech pow-wow

Bono speaks at the F.ounders event in Dublin
Bono speaks at the F.ounders event in Dublin

Peter Flanagan New Technology Correspondent

IT has been described as the biggest gathering of internet entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and this morning Bono added his star power to the Founders event in the Mansion House in Dublin.

The U2 front man now reputedly makes more money from his investments than with the band, but today he was in town to talk about his charity One International, which is aimed at fighting extreme poverty and disease around the world and in Africa.

Resplendent in his leather jacket and trademark tinted glasses, Bono held the crowd of 150 of the most successful technology people in the world rapt during a “fireside chat” with his colleague Jamie Drummond.

The singer’s words were aimed at emphasising the differences that can be made by investment in Africa, and the changes that have with transparency and accountability in charity today.

Bono’s appearance capped a day that saw a number of high-profile speakers appear at the summit, which will conclude tomorrow in the Powerscourt Estate. Apart from presentations on stage from a number of well known personalities including Flipboard founder Mike McCue and US economist Larry Summers, there were also a number of roundtable discussions aimed at promoting Ireland involving Enterprise Ireland’s Frank Ryan and the Department of Finance’s top civil servant John Moran.

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