It all started last November when VC Conor Stanley and I were talking about great Irish tech entrepreneurs and bloggers like Des Traynor and Ronan Perceval and how Dublin, as a tech community, needed to do a better job of encouraging and sharing great content like theirs with the world.
By December, thanks to Greg Swift and Peter Finnegan, we had initial Dublin City Council funding; by February we had the best Editor, Derek and Contributing Editor, Roisin, on the job; and by March a soft launch event in London with Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan, and Ambassador Dan Mulhall.
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz were two of the first people to ever retweet @DublinGlobe. It was a Tom Lyons piece, originally from the Sunday Business Post, and from that moment on, we were determined to “speak Dublin Tech” on a global, daily basis.
By the time we launch this Friday, over 50 time-starved entrepreneurs, multinational executives and community leaders will have contributed articles to Dublin Globe, and we’ll have aggregated and republished tens of showcase pieces from other great publications across Ireland. 7,500 unique visitors a week already frequent the site with 68% of traffic coming from the US. We’re aiming for 50,000 unique visitors a week by the time December rolls around.
So on Friday we launch officially on 5 continents, leveraging every Irish embassy, business organization, GAA club and social network imaginable to spread the news and prompt aficionados to subscribe to the weekly digest. We’ll use the party on Friday evening in the heart of Silicon Docks to thank a huge number of people, from our sponsors and board members to the skeptics who’ve kept us on our toes.
We’re close to maxing out on party numbers right now but if you’d love to be there ask Sarah and she’ll add you to the invite list if she can. Sarah@StartupDublin.com