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Ciaran Burke

COO and Co-Founder at Swoop - We're Hiring

London, GB

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I'm a business and economics graduate from Trinity College Dublin. I began my career at KPMG Sydney as a Senior Market Analyst before moving to London where I worked as a management consultant with a range of clients including EY, Intersport, Vodafone and Oakley. I found a passion in growing businesses and building a community around them which brought me to Hiive in September 2013. At Hiive, I have oversaw the development and successful launch of Hiive.co.uk, the professional network for creative people which now has over 150,000 registered members and 4,500 businesses on board including Google, BBC, Facebook, Framestore, Channel 4, Penguin and Sony. In 2018, I co-founded Swoop, an online platform for SMEs looking to raise finance through debt, equity and grants. I have overseen the development and launch of the platform which simplifies and speeds up access to loans, grants, equity funding and savings for businesses across the UK and Ireland. Experience: - Managing and leading a multi-million pound tech project - Building and implementing a marketing strategy for a global social network - Agile product development - Presenting and pitching at Board Level - Building an online social community - Speaker at Digital Shoreditch, Birmingham Digital Week, Bristol Digital Week, Guardian Masterclass, Social Media Week, BBC Radio Academy - Guest blogger for Huffington Post

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Jul 2020 - Present

Sure Valley Ventures

Board Of Advisors

Sure Valley Ventures is a European Venture Capital firm focused on investing in early stage start-ups, all the way from inception to IPO, helping software entrepreneurs grow and scale ground-breaking new technology companies. Focus on areas of large growth and potential over the next 5 years. AR/VR in particular is expected to be a $108 billion market by 2020. Network expands across Europe, the UK and the USA and well connected in Silicon Valley.

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Mar 2018 - Present

Swoop

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Helping SMEs get access to finance across loans, equity and debt. SwoopFunding.com

Sep 2013 - Mar 2018

Hiive

Head of Hiive

Since joining Hiive, I have overseen the development and successful launch of Hiive.co.uk, the professional network for creative people which now has over 100,000 registered members and 4,000 businesses on board including Google, BBC, Facebook, Framestore, Channel 4, Penguin and Sony. As product owner for the site, I worked on the site's development from the start developing and honing the features that would appeal to our target audience of creative professionals. That saw us launch Hiive in BETA in October 2014 where we refined the product thereafter until our official launch on March 9 2015 where we launched Hiive on time and on budget. As marketing lead for Hiive, I have put together an editorial team which has seen us grow a Hiive social community from scratch that spans 25,000 followers. Hiive has also achieved notable press coverage appearing in over 550 times across global media channels in print, online, TV and radio. As Hiive continues to grow, I am now working on implementing our sustainable businesses strategy which has seen the successful launch of our first paid for services in July 2015. Experience: - Managing and leading a multi-million pound tech project - Building and implementing a marketing strategy for a global social network - Agile product development - Presenting and pitching at Board Level - Building an online social community - Speaker at Digital Shoreditch, Birmingham Digital Week, Bristol Digital Week, Guardian Masterclass, Social Media Week, BBC Radio Academy - Guest blogger for Huffington Post Press -Guardian Masterclass - http://www.theguardian.com/guardian-masterclasses/video/the-essentials-of-creativity-in-business?CMP=share_btn_fb -Building your brand: how to project a powerful personal image - http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/dec/18/building-your-brand-personal-image -Hiive Launch http://www.creativebloq.com/self-promotion/networking-site-creatives-31514421

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Jan 2012 - Aug 2013

Dachis Group

Consultant

Developed and implemented a B2C social business strategy for a major global sports brand Implemented social media governance for a major international sports retailer Developed a social recruitment strategy for a 'Big 4' accountancy firm Community manager for a global telecommunications company and a global sports brand Skilled across a multitude of social listening and measurement platforms such as Radian 6, Sysomos, Buzz Numbers, Social Bakers, Google Analytics, Advocate Insight, Employee Insight Compiled analytical reports on social data such as social media advertising and social media influence Presented on social media governance and recruitment during Social Media Week 2012 Assisted with the delivery and development of a microsite for a global sports brand

Sep 2010 - Nov 2011

KPMG

Senior Market Analyst

Compiled and coordinated strategy packs for each of KPMG’s divisions and industry groups (financial services, consumer markets, industrial markets, energy & natural resources, government, information communication and entertainment) Head of competitor intelligence for the Australian firm reporting into the National Executive Council – quarterly reports, social media monitoring Developed new recruit interview programme Audit market share analysis and audit fee benchmarking Industry reports and company profiling Contributed to adapting KPMG’s social media presence through both internal (tibbr) and external (twitter) communications Provided information and data to the firm on clients’ insights based on an industry omnibus survey by Beaton Research. Was responsible for presenting this information and data to the National Executive Council

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Suas Educational Development

Volunteer 2010

Worked in Maweni Primary School in the Kongowea Slum in Mombasa Taught Standard 7b (98 Children between 12-16) Subjects Taught - English, Maths, Geography, Science, PE, Creative Art Ran Several Extra Curricular Programmes such as Football, Reading Club, Drama, Music and foreign languages

Aug 2006 - Nov 2009

Verve Marketing

Promotional & Event Staff

Worked on campaign's for Coca-Cola, Canon, Gillette, Danone Helped organise and worked at events for Jameson, Lansdowne Road and FAS Sold current accounts to first year undergraduates nationwide in conjunction with Bank of Ireland

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Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

AIB

Corp Finance Intern

Compiled database of contacts for the C&S (corporate & structured) team which was an integral part of their marketing program Researched and summarised sales and pricing guidance of certain pharmaceuticals represented in a portfolio of royalties held by an AIB customer. Info was obtained from publicly available information and brokers reports and summarised to support transactional analysis Contributed to a credit application and participated in credit committee to recommend participation of a loan.

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