TechCrunch editor speaks at Derry event

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Derry reinforced its credentials as the thriving digital hub of the North West last week, by hosting the first visit of TechCrunch editor at large, Mike Butcher.

The lecture, organised by CultureTECH and supported by Ilex, the Urban Regeneration Company, saw a host of tech entrepreneurs from across the city pack into the North West Regional Science Park to hear from the inspirational speaker.

Mr Butcher’s key message centred on the web and the fact that the Internet has made it easy for any person to start a company and take it to market from anywhere in the world, and that being based in Northern Ireland is not a barrier to success.

Mr Butcher was joined on stage by a number of Irish speakers who have experience of working in the Tech City area of London and were able to give advice to the assembled audience. They included Mark McKeague (OTOTO), Diarmuid Moloney (Rotor Video) and Stephen O’Reilly (Gramofon).

Another take away message from Mr Butcher was how best to deal with potential funders, as well as potential sources and how to work the media. He also reinforced the need for networking, support and community building, and used the NW Science Park as a good example of this collaborative approach.