TechLudd 1, Walshie 0. More importantly, Ireland wins

There’s more to life than Paul Walsh and sometimes I can even admit that. I want to talk about TechLudd, a networking event which I wrote about previously and wasn’t very positive on how well it would work. TechLudd in fact turned out to be a resounding success. I was wrong. Yes, folks, this too will probably appear on TechCrunch UK. Paul Walsh was wrong. Hey, it might even appear on

So yes, to repeat, I was wrong and I’d like to now praise an event that was nothing but fantastic. Anton and Jessi did a brilliant thing last week and Ireland (inc or not) is better as a result. To take it even further, I’m quite proud to be Irish with events like that. I hope there are more of them and I’ll attend if they allow me. We need people like Anton to build communities in Ireland and I’d like to support that as much as possible. I’ll also see if I can help out by pointing friends and contacts to Anton about his sports social network. It’s the least I can do, if Anton wants me to, of course.

We also need good coverage to build these communities and unfortunately the two posts on TechCrunch about TechLudd brought about the worst in all of us and I don’t think that’s good for us at all. There is more to life than Paul Walsh and the Irish coverage needs to be less about me (in the context of TechCrunch coverage so far) and more about the other companies out there. I think there needs to be a discussion of how to promote the Irish tech companies we have and how we can get them more attention. There’s a void since Blognation Ireland left us and it needs to be filled. Perhaps Anton on his own site or on TechLudd could start a discussion on what we can do next to raise awareness of tech companies in Ireland?

EirePreneur has a great post, providing more insight to the event

I’ve got to take my hat off to the people behind TechLudd and toast what was, by all accounts, a huge success. Jessica Roy says “It was the most successful most attended event, barring a conference, that the Irish tech community has ever seen”. See what you missed by browsing some of the great photo albums on I’m certainly looking forward to the next event in Limerick. P.S. fair play to Microsoft for jumping in, yet again, as sponsor of a grassroots tech event in Ireland.

I’m sure Anton will appreciate the title of my post given his interest in sports πŸ™‚

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  elly parker said...

    Paul, Anton doesn’t spell his name with an ‘i’, it’s just ANTON.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Robin Blandford said...

    “There’s more to life than Paul Walsh”

    ummmmmm and….? lol.

    Yes – this might just be big enough news to make I hope that was tongue in cheek!

    “There is more to life than Paul Walsh and the Irish coverage needs to be less about me and more about the other companies out there.”

    What Irish coverage about you?

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    Paul Walsh  Paul Walsh said...

    @elly – correct, thanks. I noticed it as soon as I hit publish.

    @Robin – “What Irish coverage about you?” I was referring to the little coverage on TechCrunch so far. That’s not a dig at TechCrunch.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Bill White said...

    Many of us miss blognation both Ireland and other countries.

    TC/Techmeme is so US/Arrington centric. Maybe Conor will start writing again?

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    Paul Walsh  Paul Walsh said...

    @Bill it has to be said, Conor and Amanda were my favourite writers. I love Conor’s writing skills. I’d love to see him help Mike on the TechCrunch side of things.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  elly parker said...

    Yeah, sorry – I noticed the error in my feed-reader and didn’t see that you had corrected it until after I posted the comment – I really should read more carefully.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Niall Larkin said...

    I thought the whole barney over this was great craic altogether. And very healthy. But from time-to-time I wondered if there wasn’t as much laughter going on as there should be. I thought maybe the chuckles and tongue-in-cheek remarks weren’t translating quite as well as they should…

    Anyway, I think I can sense a promising line of self-deprecating humour re-emerging here πŸ™‚ Nice one Paul. Your a good sport. Keep up the good work.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Anton Mannering said...

    Paul, you’re right to say that it’s not about individuals. Which is why I’ve tried to stay out of the way as much as possible, while I am nominally “the organiser” a lot of the ideas and organisation came from many others. What I did was bring them all together and implement the results. Similarly I’m bored of the anti-Paul Walsh brigade, personal insults are unproductive to say the least.

    When the time is right I’ll take you up on the offer of pointing people at bench’d. πŸ™‚

    As for you attending events anyone can come anytime you don’t need an invite from me. So come along whenever you like.

    I also agree about the coverage of events and news regarding startups in Ireland. I will try and get some larger debate about this going on TechLudd as per your suggestion. I’ll probably see you tomorrow night anyway so we can chat then.

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  Niall Larkin said...

    *Cringe* I just re-read my last comment and realised it could be read to sound as patronising as @~#%. This actually supports my comment about how easy it is for tone to be misconstrued in text. Proving that even when I do wrong, I still somehow manage to do right. Oops…

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    4Avatars v0.3.1 v0.3.1  TechCrunch UK » Blog Archive » TechLudd - not so luddite after all said...

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