I actually have no idea what the selection process was behind the scenes, but when the Irish Independent notified me, I was ecstatic and humbled! It was very validating of our mission to completely revolutionize the way individuals around the globe connect with each other and with their institutions. This is big!
Pro's: Dublin has an amazing tech/startup culture here that is only getting stronger. The talent is also pretty incredible as people are very educated and want to get involved in startups. Great tech community here — people are always willing to help.
Con's : You are limited when it comes to fundraising. There are a handful of good VC firms in Ireland where as in San Francisco there are myriad! SF is great place to live and work as the energy there is infectious and there are startups everywhere you turn. The weather is also amazing. Con of Silicon Valley: It can be hard to shut off from work!
In the early days how did you encourage users to install “Pin it” button and use it regularly. Was it solely on the ‘Pin it forward program’?
It is extremely hard for startups to gain the first momentum and make user create content on their networks. It is Chicken- -and-eggs problem. Some startup I know even pay someone to write the content on their platform.