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Event: NovaUCD's "Entrepeneurs Live" Seminar Series

Date: Each Tuesday lunch time from April 3 until April 24

Time: 1pm – 1:50 pm (light lunch available from 12:30 pm)

Venue: William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, Belfield


Four leading Irish entrepreneurs will share the secrets of their success at the NovaUCD “Entrepreneurs Live!” seminar series which commences on 3 April and runs each Tuesday until 24 April.

The aim of the “Entrepreneurs Live!” seminar series which is organised by NovaUCD in association with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship among the academic, research and student population at UCD. NovaUCD is the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at UCD.

"Entrepreneurs Live!” speakers:         

3 April: Barry Maloney, Partner, Benchmark Capital, Director, Bebo.com

10 April: Oliver Tattan, Founder and CEO, Vivas Health

17 April: Garry Moroney, Founder, Similarity Systems

24 April: Dermot Lawton, Director, eBay European Service

At the “Entrepreneurs Live!” seminar series these leading Irish entrepreneurs will talk about their experiences of setting-up and running their businesses emphasising the highs and lows encountered along their entrepreneurial journey and highlighting the secrets of their success. At each seminar attendees will have the opportunity to ask probing questions of the guest entrepreneur.

For further information contact Caroline Gill, NovaUCD 
t: +353 1 716 3715 or e: caroline.gill@ucd.ie

Short Profile of Each Speaker

Barry Maloney, Partner, Benchmark Capital and Director of Bebo.com

Barry Maloney is a Partner with Benchmark Capital, the early-stage venture capital firm founded in 1995, which now has offices in Silicon Valley, London and Israel.  In May 2006, Benchmark invested $15 million in the social networking site Bebo.com. Barry is a now member of Bebo’s Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining Benchmark, Barry spent five years as CEO of Esat Digifone.  Under Barry's leadership, Esat Digifone expanded to a profitable company with 900 employees, more than 1 million customers and £400 million in revenues. Esat Digifone was acquired by British Telecom at a market value of £2 billion and is now part of the O2 Group.

Oliver Tattan - Founder and CEO, Vivas Health

Oliver Tattan founded Vivas Health in 2004. Prior to that Oliver had an interesting career starting with gold mining in Africa, a pewter and precious stone business in Brazil, right through to corporate finance and co-founding a biometric company, Daon, now recognised to be the global leader in biometrics, with Dermot Desmond.

Prior to establishing Vivas Health Oliver was CEO of VHI for 3 years and served as chief executive of the Irish Trade Board in the 1990s.

Garry Moroney, Founder and former CEO, Similarity Systems

Garry Moroney founded the data quality solutions provider Similarity Systems in 2001.  Similarity Systems was bought in 2006 by US software giant Informatica for €46 million.  Garry is now working at Head of Global Data Quality Division at Informatica. 

Garry brings many years of IT and industry experience to his new role.  Prior to establishing Similarity Systems, Garry spent 3-years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London.  During this time Garry’s focus was on the development of IT strategies for large organisations.  In this role he gained first-hand experience of the scale and impact of data quality problems within large organisations. 

Dermot Lawton, Director, eBay European Service

Dermot joined eBay, which now has a global customer base of over 180 million in January 2006 and he leads the European Customer Support function based in Dublin and works on a global basis as part of the Trust & Safety Leadership team. eBay which was founded in 1995 has now created a powerful marketplace for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and small businesses.

Prior to joining eBay he has worked and lived in a number of countries including UK, US, Turkey and Botswana and has worked mostly in the telecommunications and financial service sectors.

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