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    Looks like Dublin has the magic touch. Dublin's technology start-ups have been able to secure funding from U.S. venture capitalist.

    I hope this is the beginning of a rebound for their economy and spread throughout Europe.


    What makes these start-ups different from many in Europe is their ability to attract U.S. venture capital. Just recently, BalconyTV announced a funding round from Lerer Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, and Greycroft Partners. One week earlier, LogEntries received investment of $1 million from Polaris Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, and a new local firm called Frontline. So whatís going on? How can a small island in the North Sea with 4.5 million inhabitants produce start-ups that are actually getting funding and exiting into a global marketplace? To answer part of the question, we have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s. Ireland received a significant amount of foreign direct investment from IBM, Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft. These tech giants drove the era of the PC, and they trained and inspired thousands of eager Irish software executives on both sides of the Atlantic.

    It was this generation that was at the forefront of a wave of indigenous Irish software start-ups. They founded companies like Baltimore, Euristix, Iona, Parthus, and SmartForce in the 1990s, and soon commanded leading positions in disciplines such as security, networks, middleware, semiconductors, and computer-based learning. In many cases, these start-ups built the supporting technologies that enabled the growth of the Internet.

    http://spark.qualcomm.com/startup-dublin-ireland
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    This was creative...click link below to see the video of the 30 second pitches.



    October 4, 2011, 1:46 PM GMT
    Dublinís 30-Second Start-Up Pitches

    Thanks to the Lost Society for hosting the meet up.

    As expected there was a wide range of start-ups, some of which were merely ideas while others were in production. Although there was a suggestion that Dublin has a large number of middleware or enterprise software producers, I donít think they were over-represented at the event.

    The magnificent six

    Michael Cordner of Mindconnex Learning. This was one of the only educational software providers I saw on the whole tour. Anything that makes Shakespeare more accessible to children has to be a good thing and I liked the simplicity of their product.

    Sasha Wilson of Plendi. They are not the first company in this space, but as someone with three envelopes full of receipts for expense claims, perhaps I was unduly impressed with the simplicity of their offering.

    Grainne Barron of Foxframe. It was not the first automated video production tool (that was in Israel) but it allows a company to make its own online ads automatically, selecting from a huge library of stock footage and building your own video ads.

    Benoit Curdy of Vocalytics. This is a very impressive tool that if the founding team can deliver on its promises is potentially very powerful. It is a voice recognition tool that allows you to analyze your own voice characteristics and understand how you speak. If you do a presentation and you are boring people to death, you are able to use the tool to identify and therefore change your pace and intonation.

    Sean OíSullivan of Dial2do. Ford introduced a pretty useful service called Ford Sync, which allows Ford users to have their email read to them and a whole range of other services provided all through voice recognition. Well this is that, but not just for Ford owners. You dial a number and issue voice commands to have it send texts, tell you the weather, and a whole range of other services.

    Clťment Delangue of Moodstocks. Put simply, it is an object recognition platform to allow developers to build it into their apps. Object recognition is set to be a major area for growth going forward and will certainly replace a big chunk of text-based search.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/201...rt-up-pitches/
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