Who’s Paul Walsh?

Welcome to my personal website where until 2009, I blogged regularly. Nowadays I tend to scribble a post only when I feel very strongly about a particular story.

I really dislike third person bios on personal websites. So, I’ll try to keep this informal…

Overview

After raising just over $1M in seed funding from 14 angels across Silicon Valley, Russia, Dubai and London, I’m building the next generation Internet Security Company for smart devices, called MetaCert. With the biggest data set of its kind worldwide, MetaCert helps families, schools and enterprises provide better protection against harmful and inappropriate content. Now focused on solving the security threats behind mobile apps that use WebView.

With charity status in the US, Canada, UK and India, I co-founded Shanti Life with my wife Sheetal to help poor entrepreneurs in India get their businesses off the ground with low-interest microfinance loans, mentoring and education in basic literacy skills.

In 2004 I became an investor and Partner in one of Dublin’s most glamorous Michelin star Indian restaurants called Jaipur in Malahide, Dublin.

In 2003 I founded a software testing company called Segala, generating $2.2M revenue in year one. It was profitable within months and later became one of the most respected test houses in the mobile industry. Segala was the first test house worldwide, to become an Associate member of the GSM Association.

I started my Internet career when I joined AOL as a young startup during the mid 90’s. I started as a technician and soon after I became the first Technical Accounts Manager and International Beta Coordinator in Europe.

Before moving to San Francisco on an O-1 visa, I spent 12 years in the UK where I was Chair of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) for 3 years and Advisor to the British Council on its Digital Pioneer Program with Hong Kong and Advisor to its Creative Entrepreneur Program with India. I gave regular speaking engagements throughout Europe and was a judge at many startup awards. I’ve spoken at numerous Universities including Hass Business School Berkley, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland in Galway.

I was also an Advisor to numerous tech startups in the UK and Ireland as well as Angels Den, Europe’s largest Angel Network. I helped to stimulate the startup ecosystem in the UK by creating some of the most widely attended networking events for entrepreneurs and investors. I am currently on the Board of iTagged, an artificial intelligence platform with social applications.

I have contributed to more than 10 Industry technical standards and specifications.

I was one of the seven original founders of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative and I co-instigated the creation of the W3C standard for content labeling, formally replacing PICS in 2009.

Paul Walsh