Eoin Fitzgerald, who will be speaking at our event on the Tips for startups panel. In today’s interview, he discusses his work as Senior Development Advisor – FinTech, at Enterprise Ireland with some interesting recommendations for books that must be read. FinTech20 will be held on October 26th, at Moore Auditorium, UCD.
— Simon Cocking (@SimonCocking) October 18, 2017
1 min pitch for what you are doing now?
I joined Enterprise Ireland in June this year so I am (slowly) learning how the organization works. I am working with some really interesting clients across our portfolio of 200+ Fintech companies, specifically with companies in the Blockchain, P2P, Payment solutions, Compliance and
I am also working on some research pieces on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & ICO’s to help us get a better understanding of what is going on in each space, to understand the risks involved and what position we should be adopting on each.
What are your plans for the future?
The plan for 2018 from a day-to-day point of view is to work closely with my portfolio clients and my colleagues in our 33 international offices.
From a wider FinTech view, the focus will be on continuing engagement with key industry players, such as the FPAI, FinTech Ireland, etc. I have a number of relationships in the banking and venture capital world and I will be looking to build on this in order to identify additional ways to help our clients.
What will you be talking about at this event?
I’m looking forward to being part of the panel about ‘Tips for Startups’. Enterprise Ireland invested in 229 startups last year, with 10% in FinTech, and my portfolio is predominantly startups so I hope to be able to add some value and useful advice
What inspired you to attend it?
I attended last year and it was a really good event and I think the format this year is even stronger, with lots of interesting speakers and panels. It is a very well supported event and brings the fintech community together to celebrate the great companies in Ireland
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
On the FinTech side, you can’t go wrong following the work of the big names like Chris Skinner, Jim Marous, Pascal Bouvier, Efi Plyarinou, etc.
In terms of latest developments, I follow a number of the big VC funds to see where they are investing money. I particularly like to track the investments of Sequoia Capital, YC Combinator, 500 Startups, Andreessen Horowitz, Rocket Internet, etc
I am also a big fan of the writings of Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz and would definitely recommend his book ‘The Hard Thing about Hard Things’ to any CEO of any company. Similarly, I would recommend the book ‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups’ by Peter Thiel for early stage entrepreneurs.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just to mention that I am working with a great team at Enterprise Ireland (EI) (Giles O’Neill, Billy Hanley, Brendan McCormack and Michael Browne). The FinTech team at EI works with over 200+ companies and we have significant sector knowledge, both locally and globally, that we are keen to share.