VisiLit is going to Confex!

At VisiLit we are really excited to announce that we will be attending our first Confex in March. Confex is the premier conference for conference organisers and will be held in the Olympia in London March 12th and 13th. It’ll be a chance for us to get our product out there and into a wide audience. We have a few things planned in the run up to the Confex so check back on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s going on. We hope to see you there. If you want you can get your tickets at the link below. Visilit Limited Come and see us on J41 International Confex Helping you deliver exceptional...

Graduate Engineer to Start-up Business Founder

“How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb, dunno but it takes one to build a program for it.” – Lauren Walsh 4 years studying maths and engineering gives you a certain outlook on things, an eternal Mr. Fix-It complex. I think I always had that though. Thousands of maths formulae and theorems can only fix so much but they have their uses. I graduated from computer and electronic engineering in Trinity College in November 2012. While I was still in college, new ideas and concepts were a constant distraction from the everyday college work. I enjoyed college and the lectures we had but there were always one or many projects in the making, outside of the lecture halls. In first and second year, I had Bojangled. An “alternative pop rock” band which I had with my cousin and singer Stevie Cliff, and friends Brian Sinnott and Robert Gaffney. We had a great time playing gigs in Dublin in some of the smallest and biggest venues around. It was the best way to spend the first two years of college! Gigging lead to my first proper job in the entertainment industry, sound engineering in Captain Americas on Grafton Street. Working with bands and Captain Americas for the next year was great. I met some great Irish talent who played for years around Dublin and also helped some young artists get through their very first gig. The experience was good and the payment was better. I was lucky to be able to buy the required equipment with some savings initially and then expand my equipment set for bigger and...

Dubstarts Tips and Lessons Learned

This was the first jobs fair I have been at where I wasn’t the person looking for the job.  For the first time, I was looking for people to join the team.  There were definitely some things that really stuck out at me though and made me question my own methods when I had attended other fairs.  So here are some of the take away points of information from the fair that really stuck with me.   CV’s I could probably give this a blog post on its own, but here are some pointers. Yes we are a digital startup and yes we all use LinkedIn but please bring a CV with you.  If you don’t have a CV I will probably have forgotten you by the time you send me an email the next day. On that take a look at your CV, if you are a developer I want to see what languages you are comfortable with.  That should be top of the page; I really shouldn’t have to dissect paragraphs of information to get find it. If you have worked on an interesting project, I will probably want to see that before seeing what college you go/went to. Unlike this blog, keep it concise. Two pages max.  If you have more to show us give us a link to your online work. A business card is not a CV. And this is a new one to me but it was so useful.  Pictures.  Put your picture on your CV.  It makes it so much easier to remember who you are and what we talked about at...
Dubstarts

Dubstarts

Banner: Check.  Demo: Check.  Sweets: Check.  Yep we are definitely ready for DubStarts.  So for those that don’t know, DubStarts is a recruiting fair for the start-up community to get quick access to the brightest folk out of college. The queue to get into the Button Factory stretched out onto Dame Street, this was definitely going to be a busy night. VisiLit pitched its stall and waited for the influx.  It was a pretty slow trickle at first but very quickly it began to pick up. Once we settled into the process of meeting people and talking to people, it was really nice to hear every-so-often “I saw VisiLit online and thought it looked really cool”.   The range of people there were hugely impressive.  Software Engineers, Designers, Accountants, Sales and Marketing people.  Every profession seemed to be represented.  One of the aspects that struck me was the quality of candidates.  If we had the resources we probably would have hired most of the people we talked to. It was one of the most intense things that James, Vince or I have done.  By the end of the night we had chatted to hundreds of people.  And were handed plenty of CV’s for us to debate over for the next few days....

The birth of VisiLit Theatre

VisiLit is a young business, where we are learning every day. We set out to validate our ideas from the industry experts in Ireland, and elsewhere, on an ongoing basis. This has led to us to build a product that has real benefit, because our potential customers told us so. We are proud of our product because it will reduce the effort needed by busy theatre companies to get a show looking spectacular on stage. However, the initial idea came from working in the industry. My experience in entertainment events allowed me to see the necessary improvements for technology in the theatre industry. As a technical manager, I realised that there was a divide between the artistic and creative aspects of designing a show and technical details putting it on a stage. While working, I found that while the technical stuff is very important to the entire production, it is often overlooked until the end dates or until budgets allow. It is also apparent that the people in the team often know about technical details but choose to opt out. VisiLit intends on facing the new task of merging the two sides into one design flow. Once an idea is conceived, users should be able to plan and design that into their show. If it involves technical details, the technical designer (if available) should be able to easily include those details immediately on top of this, rather then waiting for other members of the team or attendance of rehearsals. Adding in these details will be done in short simple steps using some of VisiLit’s software to do the technical...

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Building a business might be one the most daunting steps in a career, yet so many who take this journey fail to plan ahead and is probably why over 90% of all small businesses fail. A business plan sets out what you are doing, how you are getting there and how you know when you get there.  Its about setting targets and describing and understanding how you are going to hit them.  From our experience at VisiLit the best starting point is a Lean Canvas.  This, in simple terms, sets out what your business idea is all about and if there is a market for it, again in the simplest of terms. Once this is tackled its time to look at the business plan.  Thankfully there are plenty of templates available so you aren’t starting off from a totally blank slate.  We’re using the Enterprise Ireland business plan template.  It’s a pretty dense document but its all laid out in black and white what each section should contain.  It seems to be the defacto standard for startups in Ireland seeking investment. Rather than tackling the plan in one paniced, late night session, we have split the plan up into multiple word documents on a shared folder.  This way each team member can view and add notes to each section.  Once every few weeks the plan is reviewed and roughly compiled.  The process is then edited and repeated. I know some people will think or are off the opinion that business plans are needless or the sign of a slow moving business without the ability to pivot, and I did...