Red Chair: Chairman, European Tech Cluster – Denis Collins

Denis Collins is an ambitious New Yorker, making a real difference in his father’s homeland of Cork, Ireland.

In this open and candid Red Chair interview, Denis shares his perspectives on the technology industry and the unfulfilled potential of the Cork region. He also talks about his upbringing in The Bronx, how he grew into a 28-year international career with IBM and how his family are enjoying life in rural Cork.

Among many highlights include:

  • why Cork’s European Tech Cluster has made great progress in social, commercial and academic terms
  • the three pillar model that has underpinned much of the value Denis has created
  • why some founders are trying to make a perfect meal when they need to be selling hot dogs
  • how a focus on personal, commercial and social gains make any project a home run
  • lessons that Denis has learned that he would share with his younger self
  • if the belief about great access to government in Ireland is really true
  • his vision for a Digital Quarter in Cork and greater development in the region
  • how Ireland’s education system can be enhanced for the 21st century
  • and why “You never get anything done if you’re worried about everybody”.

Denis is CEO of Smarter Dynamics, Chairman of LearnLode, Chairman of the board, IT@Cork, European Tech Cluster and a board member of Cork Chamber. He is also a proud New York Yankees fan.

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This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in September 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with other guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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