Irish entrepreneur, Paddy Cosgrave, is the man behind the most popular tech conference – “the Web Summit.” The technology conference hosted annually in Dublin was founded in 2010 by Paddy Cosgrave and co-founders Daire Hickey and David Kelly.
In less than 5 years, the Web Summit has grown from a small team of 3 people to a full time team of over 140. In terms of attendees, Web Summit has grown from 400 attendees in 2010 to 22,000 in 2014, and over 50,000 people have attended Web Summit events across the globe in 2015.
In addition to Web Summit, the team runs a series of founder events, which have been described by Bloomberg as the “Davos for Geeks” and are regular gatherings that include 150 CEOs of the world’s leading technology companies.
In 2015, Web Summit hosted a number of international events including Collision and RISE, based in the US and Hong Kong, respectively. In 2016, Web Summit will be hosting Collision in New Orleans, RISE in Hong Kong and SURGE in Bangalore, besides the flagship Web Summit conference.
While the team announced SURGE in Bangalore, Paddy visited India earlier this month to have a glimpse of the Indian Startup Ecosystem.
We got a chance to have a chat with Paddy about his journey so far, what he thinks about other tech conferences, why they have shifted from Dublin to Portugal, and what are his plans for SURGE.