How Capital Gains Tax Strangles Irish Startups

The budget is coming early this year, and rumour has it that Minister Noonan will once again increase the Capital Gains Tax. CGT has been increased four times since 2008, and now stands at 33%, one of the highest rates in the world. Each increase has been a shocking blow to Irish entrepreneurs, who have been trying to battle poor economic conditions and build businesses, creating new jobs and indigenous growth.
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Ditching the Pitch

The seventeenth century polymath Blaise Pascal famously quipped that he was sorry for the length of his letter – he didn’t have time to write a shorter one. Woodrow Wilson extended his point to say that he needed a week to prepare a ten minute speech, but could talk for a full hour off-the-cuff. Nowadays, thanks to the success of The Dragons’ Den TV show, startup founders are realizing the real cost of the five minute pitch.
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The Venture Chasm

The technology sector is buzzing and we’re hearing more about venture capitalists than any time since the dot-com bubble. With part of your pension and some of your taxes invested in venture capital funds, you may be curious to know how they are doing.
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Speaking on the Dublin Startup Scene at Irish Times FUSION

Footage from a short mentoring session and interview I did at the Irish Times FUSION accelerator program. Watch from 5:20 for my inspirational stump speech on the terrific Dublin startup scene.
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Speaking at TEDx

I gave a talk on intellectual property at TEDx at Goodenough College in London in February 2013. I focused on patents, how they have fallen out of step with the modern pace of innovation, and as a result are now causing more problems for innovation than they solve. I’d love to hear your responses!
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