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The Web Summit’s Paddy Cosgrave

This afternoon.

Via Independent.ie:

A “very substantial” payment was made to a female ex-Web Summit employee to settle claims of bullying and harassment against its CEO Paddy Cosgrave, a former director has alleged in High Court proceedings.

Daire Hickey, a fellow co-founder of the successful tech conference, accused Mr Cosgrave of routinely chastising and demeaning staff, particularly women.

It is the third lawsuit relating to disputes between co-founders of the tech event to be filed in the space of just seven weeks.

…A Web Summit spokesperson has described Mr Hickey’s claims as “baseless”.

Female employee got ‘substantial’ settlement over bullying claims against Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave, lawsuit claims (independent.ie)

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Paddy Cosgrave

This morning.

Paddy Cosgrave alleged to have hacked rival event company, court documents say (irish Times)

Web Summit founder claims Paddy Cosgrave ‘hacked’ into rival firm’s email (The Times)


Paddy Cosgrave on stage in Lisbon

Yesterday evening.

Lisbon, Portugal.

Via Independent.ie:

WEB Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave invited Village Magazine editor Michael Smith along with Chay Bowes and John Tighe who were involved in publishing the story behind the magazine cover onto the stage and asked the crowd in the vast Altice Arena, which included senior Portuguese government officials and global technology chiefs, to give the men a round of applause.

The original article in the Village in 2020 triggered a criminal investigation into the now Tánaiste’s leaking of a document in April 2019 related to negotiations for a new General Practitioner contract.

Mr Cosgrave made the intervention as a precursor to the opening night’s main event, an interview with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Paddy Cosgrave brings Leo Varadkar leak controversy centre stage at Web Summit in Lisbon (Independent.ie)

Paddy Cosgrave


Via Sunday Times Ireland:

Paddy Cosgrave is suing David Kelly in both Ireland and California, where the Amaranthine Fund was based. He claims Kelly, who still owns 12 per cent of the Web Summit but is no longer a director, “misled” him by secretly establishing a second fund using the Web Summit’s “brand, resources and assets”.

Kelly has counterclaimed that when his and Cosgrave’s relationship turned “toxic” after they failed to agree on the structure of a new fund, Cosgrave claimed in a text message to have kompromat of a personal nature on him, a Russian term for incriminating documentation usually associated with Cold War espionage.

…It is also claimed that Cosgrave referred in a subsequent text message to a trip by Kelly to Thailand. Kelly insists he has never visited the country. He has alleged, in turn, that Cosgrave’s “untoward behaviour” led to him resigning from the Web Summit on March 22.

Kompromat claim in row of Web Summit founder (Sunday Times)



This morning.



Thanks Fluffybiscuits

This afternoon.

Nick’s Coffee Shop, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave talking to RTÉ’s Philip Boucher Hayes and addressing media about his role in a campaign that anonymously targeted European Facebook users in 10 countries with advertisements about Ireland’s corporate tax system saying it was his ‘patriotic duty’.

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave has spent what he described “a very small amount” of about €20,000 on Facebook ads highlighting Ireland’s corporation tax regime.

He said he would not be taking any more measures to highlight the country’s tax regime, adding that he thinks “the game is up” and that Ireland should “start to close down all of these things.”

…In respect of his own company Amaranthine, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund, which is incorporated in Delaware, Mr Cosgrave said

“it is more tax efficient to incorporate out of Ireland, but that fund is operated out of the United States…it is the standard procedure for venture capital funds [to set up there].”


What we wouldn’t do.

Cosgrave spent €20,000 on ads highlighting corporation tax regime (Independent.ie)

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IDA Ireland logo; Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave

Earlier this week.

Co-founder of the Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave tweeted about Ireland’s tax structures which, he said, allow companies to “avoid all taxes” and “enjoy no-touch regulation”.

He went on to link to a Wikipedia article about the same before warning his followers that the Irish Government, through the IDA, pays people to edit tax-related articles on Wikipedia.

He tweeted:

Further to this…


Paddy Cosgrave

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