The f.ounders conference: Paddy Cosgrave's spectacularly successful connective tissue engine

In the last few days if you’re a a twitter user you’ve probably been saturated with raving comments about this conference called f.ounders.  Whilst as a hashtag it does not exactly work, man, what a success it was. Whether it’s Davos for geeks I don’t know (and don’t care), but it’s certainly the best conference I remember attending.

Keeping audience low, keeping VC presence spare, keeping average quality of attendees very high, mixing it up with “unproven” up and comers, Paddy Cosgrave and team achieved greatness.  Whatever the echo chamber debates that keep trying to show that this cluster is better than that cluster, the 2011 f.ounders vintage brought entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Russia, China, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Boston and wherever else together in one place, creating the connective tissue that tomorrow will be driven by.


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Paddy Cosgrave, the main man, with an Irish Water bottle.

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Ready to roll

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Where better to have an opening cocktail than the long room at Trinity ?

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Dave will be Dave: McClure entertains the EDITD Founders

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Cool Gift #1: bags made from the sails of Niklas Zennstrom’s racing boat.  Seriously.

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The Orchestra plays Daft Punk

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The f.ounders conference room at Mansion House.  That’s Werner Vogels on stage, who is one chilled and approachable dude.

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We were asked to wear jackets to go meet the Irish President Mary McAleese.  That obviously became an entrepreneurial branding opportunity for the Conferize founder :-)

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Did I mention the River Dance action at the Guiness Factory dinner that same night ?

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Original startup pirate material.

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Who says Tech can’t party ?

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Final night at Dublin Castle with an awesome folk band, I Draw Slow


Gift #2, an original Che Guevara print from Jim Fitzpatrick made with tiny heads of Steve Jobs, to reminder all Founders that they are (somewhat) Revolutionary.

Though it did not quite feel like the 99%…


Let’s leave the last word to Twitter, till next year:







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