CEO at Web Summit
Paddy Cosgrave is the founder of Web Summit and f.ounders.
Paddy graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 with a BA, MA in Political Science and Economics. He worked in a number of start-ups before setting up Web Summit and f.ounders in 2010 with Daire Hickey and David Kelly.
Paddy is the founder and CEO of Web Summit, a global technology conference that takes place in Dublin each November. In 2014, 22,500 attendees from over 100 countries flew to Dublin for Web Summit. Speakers have included the founders and CEOs of Twitter, YouTube, Netflix, Skype, Tesla, PayPal, Angry Birds, PayPal, Oculus VR and many others.
In less than 5 years the Web Summit has grown from a small team of 3 people to a full time team of over 100. In 2016 Web Summit will be hosting Collision in New Orleans, RISE in Hong Kong and SURGE in Bengaluru.
Founders, an annual private gathering of 200 CEOs of the world’s leading technology companies which happens alongside Web Summit, has been described by Bloomberg as “Davos for Geeks”.
Paddy is also listed on WIRED Magazine’s list of 100 most important people in tech.