On March 17, 2016 St Patrick Day! I had the opportunity to attend the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Global Award at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto.
The Irish have a powerful influence on business on the East Coast of the United States and in recent years the Silicon Valley's community is growing and growing which was clearly evident at the 50th ITLG awards.
There were several honorees and entrepreneurs and founds who have climbed the way to the top t some of the leading technology companies in the United States. In addition to the awards the event provided an opportunity to network and mingle while celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
We were joined on the day by special guests First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster and deputy Minster Martin McGuinness. They addressed the group on the race of foreign direct investment, talented workforce, and the competitive cost base access to the UK and EU markets. The emergence for global technology investment has been assisted by the efforts of both Ministers.
Other keynote speakers were Craig Barrett, ITLG Chairman and Steve Luczo Chairman & CEO of Seagate who talked about the risks of scaling your company globally which was debated by a panel of industry leaders.
It was great to see so many people, men and women in Silicon Valley (the home of technology) and center of global innovation. It was also nice to see that the ITLG and SVP Partners introduced this year a young entrepreneur's addition to the Silicon Valley event, which includes start-up labs and an accelerator program.
It was a great day to celebrate technology and to celebrate St. Patrick Day among so many liked minded professionals. I look forward to attending the next ITLG event.