Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Niall was born in Ireland and grew-up mostly in South Africa. He trained as a computer scientist and worked in the family publishing business in the early 90s, while at the same time working on ICT policy for the African National Congress ahead of the introduction of democratic government in 1994.
In 1994, at the age of 25, he founded one of the first internet service providers in Africa in a joint-venture with Sprint in 1994, later sold to UUnet in 1998. He subsequently developed and sold a number of ventures in the early web market in 1998-2002, including an online recruitment website called jobs.co.za and a messaging business called eMessageX.
More recently, Niall sold The Cloud, a pan European wireless broadband business he co-founded in 2003, to British Sky Broadcasting for a reported £50M. Niall co-founded The Cloud in 2003 to realise a vision of a ubiquitous mobile internet enabled by low cost WiFi technology. The Cloud developed to be the leading public WiFi network in Europe, operating in 13 markets and serving millions of connections with integrated WiFi / 3G experiences.
Niall is currently a principal of Kubu Ventures, CEO of Ideaworks3D and Founder / CEO of Evrythng. He also has a number non executive roles.