21 Reasons Your Potential Investors Said No

Spending most days around the businesses and startups based here at REPUBLIC OF WORK, rarely a day goes by where I won’t get involved in a fundraising or investment conversation; either with a startup trying to raise, or an investor who’s looking for a bit of an inside track on a startup that they’re looking […]


The % Error

I’ve been looking for the opportunity to restart my posting efforts on the blog here, which I’ve done a terrible job of updating lately. Today, I read this on twitter and it made my blood boil. Hey presto, the words came flowing. SERIOUSLY!!!! How long do I have to keep calling this out? "What well […]


The Easy Road

Startups are businesses. Why do some people seem to forget that? Especially the people running them. Not just ordinary businesses, but business at the hardest point in any journey; the start; where every minute, every hour, every day is valuable and irretrievable when wasted. Where every decision has consequences, where resources are extremely limited and […]


No Failure Without Consequences

Risk taking is part of being an entrepreneur, in fact I rate it as the defining characteristic of being an entrepreneur because its usually the paralysis from fear of the unknown that stops people from becoming entrepreneurs in the first place. But for some reason we now live in a era that celebrates the cult […]


All about the raise: Focus on what matters when raising capital

A lot of first-time founders and startups are going out to raise money these days. It’s pretty hostile territory at the moment. And they usually start off awful, I mean really, really, really bad. Their only experience of this kind of finance is usually limited to their own personal finance stuff – applying for mortgages, […]


The Mentor Madness

Today, I read something that made me weep. Well, actually, it made me angry, so damn angry. In a advert for new ‘business mentors’ for a local enterprise board in Cork, it was highlighted as part of the application process that any applicants must have their own professional indemnity insurance, absolutely damning proof that it’s […]


Dear Ireland, Time’s up.

48 hours ago,  in one fell swoop, Stripe, a company famed as one of Ireland’s great missed opportunities, changed the game for a whole generation of new Irish technology companies. Through its new product, Atlas, Stripe, already the payment platform of choice for the majority of new Irish startup companies has now enabled a new Irish […]

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