Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Enterprise Ireland Masterclass: Enabling eBusiness: Best Practice and Future Trends

I've been invited to speak at a Masterclass this morning at Enterprise Ireland. Though not something I've done much of, the opportunity has come at a great time, as I'm mid way through a couple of big projects with Boards.ie
The Enterprise Ireland eBusiness and High Potential Start Up Units are organising an advanced eBusiness Masterclass for clients who operate in the online space. The Masterclass, entitled "Enabling eBusiness: Best Practice and Future Trends", will feature presentations on international best practice from leading industry figures on the following topics: blogging and the law; online advertising; virtualisation; and online payments. The presentations will feature indepth analysis of the current best practice in the topic areas, as well as outlining future trends and developments.
Rather than waffle on alone for 40 minutes, I've invited a panel of expert speakers to contribute to the conversation. My intention was to give a broad mix of experiences, backgrounds and skillsets while still maintaining a connection with the audience, all of whom already occupy the online space.

On the panel will be:
In my own presentation will be some statistics about Boards.ie, including that in March 2009 we had over 1.49 million individuals visiting Boards.ie with over 22 million pages served and the average time on site was just under 9 minutes. We are working on facilitating conversations between companies and Boards.ie members, so the opportunity to present this morning comes at an interesting point in the project.

Other speakers today include Roger Galligan, CEO of Cognotent who runs irishblogs.ie on Website promotion and Social Media, Simon McGarr of McGarr Solicitors on Legal Questions arising from Cloud Computing and Keith McCabe from Realex Payments on How to do business online securely.

Am I nervous? Hell yes. Will I enjoy it? Time will tell but sure I'll give it a go. A huge thanks in advance to all the speakers and to David Scanlon for arranging.


  1. Good luck, although I know you'll be totally amazing!

  2. Hey Darragh!
    How are you? Good luck today. I'm sure you'll do great.

  3. Hey Darragh. Thanks for the invite. Really enjoyed the discussion. You pulled together a great mix of people and we really saw some of the challenges faced by high-potential start-ups to deliver on the bottom line. Hopefully some of them realised that engaging with customers online can really help grow a business.

  4. Darragh, you were smashing, many thanks and looking forward to working with you again in the future :)

  5. Hey Darragh. I hope it went ok. I'm sure you did well.
    Presentations of any kind scare the crap out of me. I'd love to be good at public speaking though. Its a handy skill to have.