Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Big Tech Show: What’s good and terrible about Dublin as a tech city

Dublin’s bustling Silicon Docks. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography Ltd
Dublin’s bustling Silicon Docks. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography Ltd
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

This week, Adrian Weckler sits down with two ambitious, successful young entrepreneurs who have one thing in common: they came to Dublin for the promise of its tech industry.

What did they find? Is Dublin the real tech capital they had heard about? Can you make it big here? What about those who say that Dublin is just a glorified big outsourcing centre for multinationals?

American Austin Spivey (head of operations for Wia Technologies) and Sergei Lyubka (co-founder and CTO Of Cesanta) give a frank assessment of what’s good and bad about Dublin.

Unsurprisingly, accommodation comes across as a nightmare.

“I’ve found it harder to get an apartment here than in San Francisco,” says Spivey. “I would say that it’s really tough.”

On the other hand, the quality of the people in Dublin and the number of other companies performing at a high level is a big draw, say Spivey and Lyubka.

“Dublin is a proper tech capital,” says Lyubka. “Most of our market is the US so we could locate anywhere but Dublin is where we want to be.”

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