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Applying design thinking with students inside the Wayra startup incubator

Johnny Ryan media, News

I brought innovation students from UCD into the startup incubator Wayra in 2014, and wrote the following piece on the experience in The Irish Times on 4 July 2014. See full story here . Applying design thinking to start-ups Students from the Innovation Academy at UCD brought design thinking to client start-ups at the Wayra incubator, with interesting results Johnny …

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Lean Startup Strategy. Not just for startups.

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Startups

I spoke to Steve Blank, Alex Osterwalder, and the man who coined “Lean”, John Krafcik. But before hearing from them, read this from Twitter: “U should apply Lean Start-up Strategy in everything u do. Even ur personal & love relationship. Think about it & makes sense.” Thus tweeted an excitable San Francisco tech entrepreneur (whose Twitter profile notes that she …

Advertising’s historic pivot point

Johnny Ryan Advertising / Branding / Marketing, Startups

This is a piece I originally published in Contagious. An understandable malaise in ad agencies surrounds all things digital. Low revenues on the one hand and a new answerability to metrics on the other are accompanied by a sense that digital formats remain largely underdeveloped, and that new, possibly unwelcome, surprises await. This is a moment of uncertainty. But it …

Startup networking at a 153 year old media company

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content), Startups

If a 153 year old newspaper is to adapt, to experiment, and take useful risks, it makes sense to work with startups. Since The Irish Times’ initial eight week experiment in 2012, both the NYT and the BBC have followed with their own ways of incubating early stage digital businesses. But beyond incubation there is a wider opportunity. Established media …

An experiment in startups working with news media companies: looking back at The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Startups

(This post also appeared in The Irish Times on 4 October 2012.) LAST FRIDAY, at The Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin, an Irish technology start-up company called GetBulb was announced as the overall winner of The Irish Times Digital Challenge. GetBulb has produced a system that can rapidly create data visualisations suitable for both high-resolution print and for …

Week One: The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content), Startups

I PREVIOUSLY POSTED THIS ON THE HUFFINGTON POST. RE POSTED HERE. Some months ago I set up The Irish Times Digital Challenge to invite digital entrepreneurs to propose ways to work with The Irish Times. Almost 81 early stage digital companies applied, of which 14 were invited to pitch in person. From this a final five of startups were selected …

Piece in Wired: “Dublin Web Summit highlights the under-reported successes of Irish tech”

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Following on from my previous piece in Wired UK on the optimism at the Pub Summit, this piece takes a macro snapshot of the Dublin startup scene during last week’s Web Summit. See  Web Summit story on Wired UK here, or read on below.. Last Friday was a big tech day for Dublin. Web game giant Zynga kicked things off …

Optimism in Ireland

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Last night at the Pub Summit I spoke to Eoghan Jennings, ex-CFO of Xing, and the man behind the new Bootcamp accelerator that will be launching in 2012. I was struck by his optimism, and he gave me 12 reasons why Ireland is a good place for startups (credit to Colm Rafferty from Maples & Caulder who gave Eoghan input …