TECH INVESTOR
Do Things
That Other
People Don’t Do
My Story
29 YEARS
01

CHILDHOOD

My work journey began when I was 12 welding tanks with my Dad at his engineering works. He taught me everything I know about hard work, discipline, working with great people and the importance of trusted relationships.

02

15 YEARS OLD

I left school at 15 because of my Dyslexia & ADHD. School made no sense to me and the education system had no idea what that condition was back then. I was just stupid and placed at the back of the class. Most days I wouldn’t go to school, I got off the bus and walked home for the rest of the day because I couldn’t face the ignorance of a system that didn’t understand how my brain worked.

It’s not much better today but we’re working on assistive technology now to make learning a little easier.

03

90’S

One thing I knew was I loved music. You have to find your purpose and focus on it. That’s what we teach children with any condition now. Find what you love.

In the early 90’s I formed My Little Funhouse with my brother and my career journey started in the 90s heyday of the American rock ‘n’ roll scene after receiving the largest advance paid to a new artist up to that date from Geffen Records in Los Angeles and Island Publishing in London. Bingo, in music at the very highest level.

04

6 YEAR TOUR

I moved to Los Angeles, recorded three records for Geffen Records and toured the world for six years with bands like Guns n Roses, The Ramones & Chilli Peppers. Music took me from concert stages in front of thousands of fans to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and beyond.

I sometimes joke that everything after 1997 is kinda boring because living my dream and playing music for a living was all I ever wanted to do.

05

BACK TO IRELAND

I moved home to Ireland to get married, have a family and set up a successful chain of Bars and Nightclubs.

I worked on bringing Lucky Brand Jeans to Europe, set up distribution for Gas and Colcci clothing.

06

2005

One of my biggest breaks came in 2005 when it opened up the tech world to me.

A friend in Los Angeles asked me to meet with a small Palo Alto company they invested in. I flew up to meet at their small office off University Avenue. I remember thinking, this is very cool, it’s like a new MySpace that connects the World in a new way. It was FaceBook.

07

I came home and ran Facebook garages to teach people about this social network. I got turned down by most government agencies who told me it will never work. Well I guess they were pretty wrong about that one.

I invited Dave Morin over who built Facebook connect to explain the tax breaks of setting up in Ireland. Facebook followed and set up their European Headquarters in Dublin. And no I didn’t invest before you ask. It’s on the wall of my office. I guess we all make that one huge mistake in life but I learnt about social networks and how they connect people.

08

I worked as a Worldwide consultant to Amobee, we sold to Singapore Telecom.

09

I consulted Vertu for many years on technology and their global rollout.

10

2011

In 2011 I was appointed to the Media Advisory Board at Fordham University New York. That was fun learning how the education ecosystem in the US operated.

11

IN 2012

At an event at Sony Pictures in Hollywood I was awarded the Innovation in Entertainment Award honouring the top Irish Entrepreneurs working abroad.

12

TODAY

I’m very fortunate to now work across a diverse portfolio of companies with some amazing partners in Ed Tech, Music, Adventure, Med Tech, Fintech, PetsTech, Augmented Reality, Safety, Neuro-Diversity and Social Impact.

Our global initiatives change people’s lives daily through assistive technology.

Something I’m very proud of.

A long way from getting off the bus.

STAY TUNED, LOTS MORE TO COME

SKIP STORY
30 over PROJECTS +5 new projects launching this year
2020
MIS MAMAGEMENT PLATFORM

Wonde’s software integration and data privacy platform is the backbone for third party education app developers globally. It accelerates technology adoption in the classroom, improves security around the transfer of sensitive school and student data and allows students of any age an instant log in to their apps with a magic badge.

Check us out on https://www.wonde.com/

30 over PROJECTS +5 new projects launching this year
2020
MAKING SCHOOLS CLICK

eSchools combines your learning platform (LMS), communication tools, school website and useful features for administrators and school boards into one system. Reduce the amount of suppliers you currently use and make more efficient use of time while saving money.

Check us out on https://www.eschools.co.uk/

30 over PROJECTS +5 new projects launching this year
2020
SYNC LICENSING PLATFORM

ProTunes is the worlds leading music sync licensing platform having developed standardization of legal terms & conditions, online rate cards, one stop licensing, administration, compliance, billing and payment in addition to solutions for the performance royalty collection market including global asset tracking and verification.

Check us out on https://www.protunes.com/

30 over PROJECTS +5 new projects launching this year
2020
TALENT SOCIAL NETWORK

MobStar provides anyone from around the world the opportunity to showcase their talent by uploading original videos & audio tracks of their talent to a global audience of potential fans, sponsors, A&R departments, casting agents, managers and mentors who will directly support them on their road to becoming a Global Star.

Check us out on https://mobstar.com/

30 over PROJECTS +5 new projects launching this year
2020
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PLATFORM

Mishon is a social media app uniquely tailored for adventurers. Mishon is the primary destination for users to publish content and interacting with like- minded individuals with a passion for adventure. The sophisticated technical development allows for users to stream their videos, post images, chat instantly, rate content and find local adventurers similar to other social media outlets, however an additional layer on top includes a gamification of adventure where the user earns Mishon Points as a representation of their accomplishments. Never before have adventures been able to earn such obvious recognition that will display to the world their true passions.

Check us out on https://www.themishon.com/

partners
Ross Murphy
SafePal
Mark Culleton
iDyslexis & iHelp
Jason Byrne
iLaugh
Warwick Hill
Super Capital Partners
John Kennedy OBE
Wonde
Gary Sheedy
DataEgg
Bradley Groves
iLaugh Hears
Bobby O’Reilly
ProTunes
Julia Morley
MobStar
John Bishop
Hears Technology
George LeBeau
Mishon
Jon Burton
Mishon
Bear Grylls
Mishon
Michelle Maher
StemBook
Larry Mullen
Hears, Pains, PreOp, PetsBook
Jon Coleman
Wonde
Ben Chamberlain
eSchools
Peter Dabrowa
Wonde
University partners
Social Impact
in partnership with

PURPOSE BEYOND PROFIT

Over the past years I’ve found a purpose beyond profit and focused on building social impact initiatives through assistive technology.

I’m currently working on tech to assist children and adults living with Dyslexia, Autism, Teenage Cancer, Alzheimers, Suicide Prevention, Hunger and the Homeless enabling communities to find the best ways of supporting the most vulnerable people in our community through emotional and social support, education, economic empowerment and child rights. I’ve proven that wrapping digital bespoke networks around a user helps with faster recovery and provides hope.

Venture Partners
Tempus Partners
FBD Holdings
Enterprise Ireland
Invictus Capital
TPG Capital
Larsen Ventures
Kleiner Perkins
Waycross Ventures
Huawei
Times Internet Ltd
SuperCapitalPartners
Emerge Education
Banking
Bank of Ireland
Lombard Bank Malta plc
Silicon Valley Bank
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