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paddy Cosgrave ENTrEPrENEur Some 150 of the world’s most successful internet entrepreneurs will travel to Dublin in October for a pub crawl and two days of networking on the invitation of Paddy Cosgrave, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and the brainchild behind the F.ounders summit. In previous years the Dublin Web Summit, which is nicknamed “Davos for Geeks”, has hosted Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype and Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube. “F.ounders gives people a chance to hang out and spend some time together in an informal setting,” says Cosgrave who, like many internet gurus, founded his business in his bedroom before moving downstairs into the sitting room and finally into a proper office. “They all love coming to Dublin, which has a real charm about it.” Cosgrave grew up on a farm in Co Wicklow but quickly put aside his wellington boots to pursue opportunities in Ireland’s booming internet industry. “While my dad was out milking the cows I was in the house becoming obsessed with computers and the internet.” He co-founded his first company called MiCandidate – an internet platform that helped politicians to sign up volunteers and raise funds – in 2009. A year later he set up F.ounders and the Dublin Web Summit, an event hosting 200 speakers and 3,000 attendees. Just back from a whirlwind tour of Europe promoting the summit, which took in 28 cities in 16 days, Cosgrave says Ireland’s reputation as a global hub for technology is stronger than ever. “For our business it is really important to meet people on the road in a casual environment and establish networks that can grow over time. We held pub summits every night on our European tour for the hi-tech and startup community to come together and meet and create a buzz about coming to Dublin,” says Cosgrave. “We have all the top internet companies such as Google, Twitter and LinkedIn based here. It’s this cluster effect that will bring all the new big names to Dublin.”

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