Giants of Silicon Valley to descend on Dublin

1 Sep 2008

Senior Silicon Valley CEOs, as well as venture capitalists and community leaders, will come to Dublin in force this November to advise and bolster the efforts of flourishing Irish tech start-ups.

It emerged today that the California-based Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), led by senior Valley-based Irish executives from companies like Cisco, Intel, Palm and Sling Media, will lead a delegation to Dublin.

The delegation, which will include two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent civic and industry leaders, Tom McEnery, former Mayor of San José, and Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, will meet with the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at a special reception held in Áras an Uachtaráin.

While in Ireland, the Silicon Valley team will stage a series of workshops and networking events for a selection of promising Irish technology start-ups at Trinity College Dublin, from 18-19 November, 2008

The ITLG, an independent group of Irish-American technology executives in Silicon Valley, is committed to helping expand new opportunities for innovative Irish companies, as well as attracting new technology investments into Ireland.

The ITLG leadership team includes John Hartnett, senior vice-president of Palm; Conrad Burke, president and CEO of Innovalight; John Gilmore, chief operating officer of Sling Media; Rory McInerney, vice-president at Intel Corporation; and Barry O’Sullivan, senior vice-president at Cisco.

“The programme has been designed to bring very promising Irish technology start-ups into close contact with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and financiers,” John Hartnett (pictured) said.

“We are particularly fortunate to have succeeded in attracting some of Silicon Valley’s leading investment banking and venture capital firms, as well as industry leaders from some of the world’s most successful technology companies,” he added.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: John Hartnett, senior vice-president of Palm

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years