DCU Communications Graduate Looks to the Cloud for Entrepreneurial Success
DCU Communications graduate and serial entrepreneur, John Dennehy, has recently secured funding for his new company, AssemblyPoint, from SOS Ventures. SOS Ventures is the investment fund of new Dragon, Sean O'Sullivan. AIB Seed Capital and Cork-born entrepreneur, Jonathan Grey have become investors. As part of the investment, social media thought leader, Bill Liao, and Mr. Grey have joined AssemblyPoint's Board of Directors. The company's main product is Zartis, a cloud-based social recruitment tool that helps SMEs globally to find and hire great talent.
After studying Communications at DCU, John co-founded and sold two companies, Zartis.com, a web development company, and Upstart Games, a mobile phone game publisher. Based in Cork, AssemblyPoint is his latest venture. Zartis is pioneering the concept of social recruitment by providing companies with the underlying processes, workflow and tools to attract and recruit candidates through the use of social media. Zartis delivers its software through the cloud using the Microsoft Azure platform. The DCU LINK Research Centre has worked with John on Zartis on several projects including social media policies and now research on digital marketing best practice. John also recognises the importance of continuing his relationship with DCU where he frequently participates in industry events and engages with SMEs, students and budding student entrepreneurs.
"John is a great example for all our students and graduates in maintaining links with the University in a way that is mutually beneficial," said Dr. Theo Lynn, Director of Industry Engagement at DCU Business School. Dr. Lynn goes on, "As well as funding research, John is a regular speaker at DCU Business School events and participates in the postgraduate group practicum programme."
"I am very committed to working with the next generation of entrepreneurs and mangers and my relationship with DCU allows me to do this regularly" said Dennehy. "I believe wholeheartedly that cloud computing offers huge opportunities to Irish graduates and the Irish economy. Hopefully, Zartis will be one of the early Irish breakthrough cloud computing successes and it will inspire others to follow suit."