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Why I'm probably not heading to anymore Irish tech summits

Someone put it quite well here today (Des) when he said "There seems to be more people who want to give advice about startups than there are actual people running startups". This was spurned on by a conversation about the time-wasting that can be done in startups. Attending seminars such as the Dublin Web Summit or IT@Cork's offerings, you start seeing the same presenters, same topics, same rants from the crowd, same same same.

Of particular consistency is Ray Nolan, you can set your watch to the seminar where he arrogantly blazes through the HostelWorld story. It's a great story admittedly, the second time, it's still pretty good, the third time it starts to loose it's sheen.


We don't really hear too much about coping with failure in Worky or other ventures, i.e. why he's had a few flops since. It's all about the feel good startup vibe to get attendees handing over the ticket prices.

There are quite a few examples of people speaking that really belong in Barcamps i.e. free events where people can talk about something that interests them. Handing over cash to hear amateurs or former entrepreneurs spinning the same old stories over and over again is not something I'm doing anymore. Ticket prices are starting to get exorbitant for these events and the crowd generally consists of ooh-ers and aah-ers rather than people who actually own companies.

Also the title of entrepreneur really belongs to people who are running companies and I'd rather hear from those currently running successful companies. Former Entrepreneurs and "Entrepreneurs in residence" aren't really entrepreneurs anymore. They've left the game and from what I see, they seem to be making their cash out of fool-hardy startups. From the looks of it, they seem to move the focus to the sponsored ego massaging that are these summits.