By @SimonCocking great interview with Charles Dowd who will be speaking at our event on the Tips for startups panel. To attend the event itself October 26th, at Moores Auditorium, UCD book tickets here. 

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I’m CEO of Plynk, Europe’s first money-messaging app. We’re on a mission to make person-to-person payments fun, fast and free, and to make Plynk a verb in every European language.

How was the last year, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

The past year has been great. In June, we raised a €25 million in our Series A raise, one of the largest Series A funding in Ireland. We’re expanding into other markets and hiring, hence our recent announcement of 40 jobs for our Dublin HQ. In November, we’ll be at WebSummit in Lisbon where I will be speaking about Plynk on the growth stage.

What will you be talking about at this event? (brief taster)

I’ll be on the panel: ‘Tips for Start-ups’. I’ve had many years of experience in business, both in startups and tech giants so I will bring that to the discussion.

Starting a business is not easy. It requires long hours, commitment, and constant work. You have to have the mental resilience to be able to survive the challenges you face. That’s actually what success is when working in a startup, you have to be resilient and survive the hard times and pick winning when it isn’t an option.

What inspired you to attend it?

We want to be part of the conversation around fintech in Ireland.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re localising Plynk in several languages and currencies over the next year including Spain, Portugal and the rest of the EEA. Our growth plan is still to become a verb in every European language, grow our team, and continue development on our core product.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

By visiting our website www.plynk.me and downloading Plynk on The App Store or Google Play.

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I’m CEO of Plynk, Europe’s first money-messaging app. We’re on a mission to make person-to-person payments fun, fast and free, and to make Plynk a verb in every European language.

How was the last year, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

The past year has been great. In June, we raised a €25 million in our Series A raise, one of the largest Series A funding in Ireland. We’re expanding into other markets and hiring, hence our recent announcement of 40 jobs for our Dublin HQ. In November, we’ll be at WebSummit in Lisbon where I will be speaking about Plynk on the growth stage.

What will you be talking about at this event? 

I’ll be on the panel: ‘Tips for Start-ups’. I’ve had many years of experience in business, both in startups and tech giants so I will bring that to the discussion.

Starting a business is not easy. It requires long hours, commitment, and constant work. You have to have the mental resilience to be able to survive the challenges you face. That’s actually what success is when working in a startup, you have to be resilient and survive the hard times and pick winning when it isn’t an option.

What inspired you to attend it?

We want to be part of the conversation around fintech in Ireland.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re localising Plynk in several languages and currencies over the next year including Spain, Portugal and the rest of the EEA. Our growth plan is still to become a verb in every European language, grow our team, and continue development on our core product.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

By visiting our website www.plynk.me and downloading Plynk on The App Store or Google Play.

Charles Dowd
CEO and Co-Founder, Plynk

Charles Dowd is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in software and internet solutions.

He currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Plynk, one of Europe’s leading person-to-person payment apps.

Prior to Plynk, Charles worked for some of world’s largest and most impactful technology firms, including IBM, Microsoft, and Facebook, holding senior management roles in the United States and Ireland.

Outside of his multinational experience, Charles’s own ventures have included a social loyalty company that was acquired by Student Universe (Parent: FLT (ASX)) and morphed into SoHalo, currently headquartered in Palo Alto.

In 2014, Charles left a product management role at Facebook to follow his passion for social payments and established Plynk, the money messenger.

Charles holds a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.


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