Pat Phelan, who I profiled in The New Polymath, is a consummate networker so not surprised to see this train trip he organized
Apple, IBM, Dell, Facebook, Google, and dozens of other tech companies have large operations in Ireland. The country is also home to hundreds of startups. The three-car chartered train -- one of Phelan's many ideas -- transported about 50 mostly Irish startup execs, as well as venture capitalists from Luxembourg, New York, and Ireland, to the summit, an annual two-day tech conference in Dublin. This year's event drew about 10,000 people, including SpaceX's Elon Musk and Skype founder Niklas Zennström, who engaged in 48 hours of frenzied networking and dealmaking.