Key People

Conor McCarthy – Managing Director

Conor is founder and editor since 1984 of the Techinvest newsletter. Before devoting himself full-time to Techinvest in 1993, Conor spent 30 years working in the telecoms industry for multinational companies in the UK, Canada and Ireland. Between 1982 and 1993 he led the project management function on major telecommunications projects for a number of countries including Ireland, Kenya and Germany.

Conor is lead fund manager for the MFM Techinvest Funds.

Conor is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Campus Companies Venture Capital Fund, set up in May 1998 with funding from an Irish Government agency and the seven principal universities in Ireland, to commercialise academic research.

Darren Freemantle – Investment Manager

Darren is co-manager of the Techinvest Funds, and a key contributor to the Techinvest newsletter.

Darren spent 12 years in the IT industry beginning his career as a software engineer at GEC Marconi Avionics before moving to Lloyd’s of London as a business systems analyst. Prior to joining Techinvest in 2003, he was at Steria, a pan-European IT service provider, holding various positions in business development and consultancy.

Darren holds an HNDip in Computing (Software Engineering) and an MA in Finance from the National College of Ireland.

Desmond Green – Strategy Advisor and Consultant

Desmond is a chemical engineering graduate of University College Dublin. He did post graduate work at the University of New Brunswick in Canada where he obtained an MEngSc and was also a faculty member. He was awarded an Honorary DSc by UNB in 1995.

Desmond was a founder member of the UCD Engineering Graduates Association and of the Campus Companies Venture Capital Scheme. He was a founder member and former chairman of Educate Together (formerly The Dalkey School Project), Ireland’s first multi-denominational primary school. There are almost sixty-five such schools in Ireland now.

Michael Kirby – Consultant Analyst

Michael Kirby is a consultant to Techinvest. After completing a PhD in Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University, Michael worked as a lecturer in economics and business studies in the UK and overseas. His specialist subjects include portfolio management, business risk assessment, and derivatives trading. His subsequent career involved financial journalism, training, and a period as a full-time research analyst for Techinvest.

Michael is the author of several publications on the subject of stockmarket investment and trading. He currently combines writing with full-time trading and management of his own.

Keith Woolcock – Consultant Analyst

Keith Woolcock is a consultant to the Techinvest Funds. He has 30 years experience in the technology sector, both as an award-winning journalist and commentator, and as a rated investment analyst with several leading stockbrokers, including a period as head of the Technology research team in the London offices of leading Japanese bank, Nomura.

Keith is founder of 5th Columnideas, which publishes a weekly research document on global technology, social and economic trends. He is regularly invited to make guest appearances on business TV channels, such as Bloomberg and CNBC.

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