March 9, 2009

Exporting with the Irish diaspora

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Ireland lost it’s way when we stopped exporting and started feeding our property bubble instead.

We need to start bringing in cash from abroad and pronto. This means investment and exporting. I will leave someone smarter to worry about investment.

In relation to exports, the key thing I think we need to concentrate on is getting Irish companies to sell more into foreign markets. David has mentioned his idea of an Irish diaspora before, and I think that is what we need.

There is an enormous network across the world of Irish ex-pats. They could be used as business ambassadors, finding potential clients and markets for Irish companies back home, and the Internet makes this relatively easy to do.

For example, I myself currently live in Wellington, New Zealand and I work in the Internet industry. If I was made aware of a handful of Irish companies that need assistance in exporting, I would be more than happy to keep my ear to the ground, do some asking around etc on their behalf here in New Zealand.

I am sure I am not the only one. If there was a website that allowed Irish companies looking to export connect with paddies abroad like me, then I am sure some good would come of it.


  1. sirganya

    I decided to start this site:

    http://irelandsdiaspora.com/

    to fill this very gap..

    join up and spread the word.

  2. jc2000

    I had the exact same thought. I live in Boston, work in High Tech and have built up a pretty decent professional network in the 8 years I’ve been here. Mostly in sales, marketing and business development. A little on the VC side too. I reached out to Enterprise Ireland to let them know they could contact me if there were any Irish entrepreneurs interested in learning more about, or trying to break into the US market. I’d be happy to offer any advice or insight to a fellow Irishman or Irishwoman.

    I think that we, as Irish people, have a unique affinity to helping our fellow countrymen who are trying to make something of themselves or their ventures abroad. It’s deep rooted in our psychology and I believe that using the diaspora as a ready-made ‘social network’ is a brilliant idea and should be encouraged.

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