Why Damson Cloud is attending Web Summit 2014

Dublin Web Summit

A little about us

I have worked in the IT industry in Ireland for over a decade. When I started my career, dial up modems were still common, cloud computing wasn’t a buzz word and Paddy Cosgrave hadn’t invented the Web Summit yet.  Over the years our business has gone through many phases, from humble beginnings in my bedroom to managing in-house servers around Dublin and now a pure cloud business with over 200+ customers around the world.   Its been a journey and not always a smooth one but we are still here and growing every year.

Putting Dublin on the Map

Over this same time I have watched Dublin change too and become a hub of the tech community both in Ireland and internationally.   We have seen tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin put Ireland on the tech map.  We have seen the startup community grow from small beginnings with incubators like the Guinness Store House and in more recent times, Dogpatch Labs and Wayra to name just a few.  Finally, events like Web Summit have focused the spotlight on Dublin and proven that startups don’t just happen in Silicon Valley and that although we may not have the weather, Ireland is a pretty cool place to put your startup.  Plus we’re always up for a bit of craic and a pint.

Why is this our first summit? 

Like our own business Web Summit started off as something else, in fact it even had a different name and logo.  As it has matured its grown into an event that everyone can be part of.  From a personal stand point I have wanted to attend Web Summit for the last few years but from a business point of view it made little sense with Web Summit’s main focus being startups and investors.  This year however I was delighted to discover that Web Summit would be expanding once again and adding more strings to its bow.  With the addition of Enterprise Summit, Sports Summit, Food Summit, Surf Summit and more it was obvious that Paddy and the team wanted this to be an inclusive event that everyone had a reason to attend.  Finally we were thrilled to also hear that our most important partner Google would be involved in the Enterprise Summit this year as well.  Further cementing our belief that Web Summit can be of value to organisations within the enterprise space.

For me as an Irishman and Dubliner I am proud of what has been achieved from our little island and capital.  I am excited to finally see for myself what Web Summit has to offer and that the Damson Cloud team will be attending for the first time.   I look forward to three days of inspiring talks, open debates and discussions on the future of a diverse range of technologies and industries and being part of the next phase in Web Summits growth.  If you would like to grab a coffee or pint over the next few days feel free to reach out to myself or one of our team we’d love to chat.

Fintan Murphy

@fintanmurphy