Newest ‘Dragon’ to headline at Digital Ireland Forum on 23 March in Dublin #DIF12


1 Feb 2012

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Sean O'Sullivan, founder of MapInfo and Avego; MD of SOSventures International; and latest addition to Dragons' Den

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Sean O’Sullivan, founder of Avego and MapInfo, MD of SOSventures International, and latest addition to RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den, has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Digital Ireland Forum at The Convention Centre in Dublin on 23 March. It’s a rare opportunity to see and hear O’Sullivan speak live.

Recognised as co-creator of the term "cloud computing", serial tech entrepreneur O’Sullivan is co-founder and managing director of Avego, a 55-person technology firm with offices in the US, Ireland and China. He is also managing director of SOSventures International, which boasted returns averaging 27pc over the past 15 years, and is a founder of JumpStart International and Chinaccelerator. His first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200m public company, and popularised street mapping on computers. He is the latest high-profile addition to the TV programme Dragons’ Den.

In 2011, Kinsale, Cork-based O’Sullivan was recognised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review as being the co-creator – along with George Favaloro – of the term "cloud computing" and being an early proponent of the development of cloud computing.

In 1996, O’Sullivan’s company, NetCentric, was a leader in providing "software for inside the internet", and Compaq Computer’s Favaloro invested $5m in the idea to develop the industry of software providers for internet infrastructure.

For more information about The Digital Ireland Forum 2012 and speaker details, go to the Digital Ireland Forum website.