Siliconrepublic editor John Kennedy says the arrival of the technology world’s elite, including Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, YouTube founder Chad Hurley and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, shows that Dublin is ready to claim its title as Europe’s internet capital.
As I made my way gingerly up the stairs at Bewley’s coffee shop on Grafton Street last Thursday afternoon, Skype founder and Atomico CEO Niklas Zennstrom’s words were ringing in my ears: “The technology revolution today is not dependent on Silicon Valley, there’s no reason why the next Google or Skype can’t come from Ireland.”
I had just come from an interview with the very man and while memories of long winter evenings in the old Bewley’s coffee shop during my college years zipped through my mind, it was all I could do not to laugh out loud at the irony of what I saw before me.
The royalty of the tech world
Unknown to shoppers bustling down the country’s main shopping thoroughfare below and in the midst of people sipping languidly their cups of tea or coffee was an assembly of the technology world’s royalty and between them worth billions of dollars. Sitting there were YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman, Bebo founder Michael Birch and Divyank Turakhi, co-founder and CEO Directi. Also present was the accomplished Dylan Collins, founder of JOLT Online and chairman of Gruupy and the organiser of the Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave.
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