Ray Nolan


A serial I.T. entrepreneur, Ray has been instrumental in the success of a number of companies in the Irish technology sector. He founded his first company in 1989 to develop bespoke software solutions, before subsequently developing  Coretime.com , which he sold to Sage in 2004. 

Ray founded  Hostelworld.com  in 1999 when he identified an opportunity to introduce online bookings to youth and tourist hostels. As CEO, Ray grew the company to become a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray continues to build web-based brands, launching new company,  Worky.com  in 2009. Worky is a social network for work stuff. Worky’s user-friendly interface helps users create and control their professional reputation, build a network of contacts, find jobs & opportunities and share ideas.

Awards for Ray include Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the year 2003, and IIA Net Visionary 2006.

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