Founder Friday is a FREE Meet-up for Startups, Founders & Entrepreneurs over drinks & nibbles. It’s a chance to finish the week with a few drinks, network with likeminded people and also hear an inspiring chat from an entrepreneur in the Kerry community. This month we have Mike Fitzgerald of Net Feasa as our guest speaker
Mike Fitzgerald began his career in 1988 with Ericsson as a software and wireless networking engineer, in 1991 he transferred to the business division. Over the period of 1991 to 1997 he lived and worked in Stockholm, Hong Kong, Beijing and San Francisco focusing on mobile networks business development.
Following his career at Ericsson he held the position of Vice President at two NASDAQ-quoted companies; ADC Telecommunications and interWAVE Communications. Mike carried out a Management Buy Out (Microcellular Systems Ltd.) and a subsequent trade sale of that company in 2000.
He co-founded and headed up the indigenous Irish software company Altobridge Ltd (2002 to 2013), backed by Intel Capital and IFC (International Finance Corporation) the company specialised in cost effective remote communications and over 1,000 of the most remote communities of the world where connected for the first time. From 2000 to 2017 he was a founding investor or board member of several technology start-ups including; NewBay Software, AMCS Group, Mobinets, Mianach Venture Capital, Propylon and Blue Ocean Wireless.
In 2015 he founded the Management Consultancy and IoT specialist firm Net Feasa Ltd., an IoT research, development and Use Case commercialisation company. Net Feasa boasts one of the world’s Top 10 consumer electronics companies as a client.
In 2016 Mike and a team of Industry veterans founded the Dingle Innovation & Creativity Hub in the town of Dingle on the West Coast of Ireland. This not for profit company brings together entrepreneurs and artists and focuses on getting new companies to market with the ideas generated through a series of workshops that are referred to as IoThon’s.
In 2009 he was named Ernst & Young’s Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging category) and in 2012 the World Economic Forum selected him as a Technology Pioneer. He graduated from University College Cork in 1988 (BA Special Honours (Computer Science & Mathematics)) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2008 (Leadership 4 Growth).
Deanna O'ConnorThe Speak Up Club
Niamh O'KennedyMurphys Ice Cream
Adams Bar, Main Street, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland