Tuesday 18 June 2019

The Big Tech Show: Alan Coleman doing it all again after €60m

Cleaning up: Alan Coleman hopes Sweepr will attract electronics, tech and appliance firms. Photo: Adrian Weckler
Cleaning up: Alan Coleman hopes Sweepr will attract electronics, tech and appliance firms. Photo: Adrian Weckler

You started a company. You sold it for over €60m. Now you’re going back to start something new from scratch.

The question is: why? Why get back into the trenches and try to prove yourself all over again?

“It's the struggle, the fight. It's pulling together the most talented people to do their respective jobs and having that team become greater than the sum of their parts.”

That’s Alan Coleman, the Dubliner who sold homegrown telecoms billing company Britebill for a fortune in 2016. He’s back with a new startup, Sweepr, and he’s aiming higher.

He’s this week’s podcast guest on ‘The Big Tech Show’.

One of the questions Adrian asks is what gets a startup entrepreneur really motivated.

“Once I have an idea in my mind that this is inevitably going to be the way in which the world works, I then think, ‘why couldn't I do that? Why shouldn't it be me that starts the path to that inevitable outcome?’ I'm an extreme optimist.”

Adrian and Alan also talk about privacy, the Ring doorbell and what’s coming next in tech.

“There’s an enjoyment out of taking something that is literally a fleeting thought and building it up into a working company,” says Coleman.

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