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Cillian Kieran

Founder and CEO
New York, NY, USA

Cillian Kieran is a proven leader, technologist, public speaker and manager. With three startups under his belt, two successes and one failure, he deeply understands what it takes to grow a successful business. Recruiting the best talent, breathing passion into that team and setting objectives that stretch them to deliver on a companies mission.

An accomplished software engineer, Cillian took his first coding job at 14. He subsequently dropped out of College to found his first software house - Whitenoise at the age of 19.

A proven leader, most notably as founder and CEO of CKSK, Cillian has managed responsibility for the overall P&L of a startup growing from a two man team with no revenue to $6M in revenue in 2012 and responsibility for a company of 35 employees across offices in Ireland, Netherlands and Poland in diverse fields including engineering, creative/design, account services and senior management.

As part of this role Cillian has worked with advertising groups to lobby government revisions to alcohol advertising standards.

An expert in communications strategy, Cillian has built the CKSK brand into an internationally awarded and recognized digital advertising agency working closely with brands such as Heineken, Sony PlayStation and Pepsi Co. to craft product roadmaps and digital communication strategies from targeted consumer insights.

He speaks and writes regularly on innovation in the technology/communication space and his thoughts have been published widely in the press. Most recently he spoke at the Dublin Web Summit, General Assembly New York, the New York Tech Meetup and BBC Worldwide HQ.

An accomplished leader and technologists with experience working in the Dublin and New York technology communities, Cillian is seeking a real challenge to which he can commit his immense passion, energy and experience.

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