Fiachra Ó Comhraí

A Startup is Not the Place to Make Money

Fiachra Ó Comhraí started his own company and gave himself the job title of Player 1. The company, Gordon Games, took off and Ó Comhraí decided it was time to grow up and change his title to CEO. People wouldn’t have that and he’s still Player 1. Even says so on his website. It was just one…

Paul O'Connor POLUS Intelligence

The emotional tolls of starting your own business

This post was written by Ruth Underwood. This is the first of three posts. Part II is here. Getting a frank and honest tale of an entrepreneur’s rise and falls, and how he has managed to deal with the many risks and obstacles he has had to over come, is one of the key attractions of…

Toner's Pub, Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland

Do I Need a Business Plan & 4 Other Questions

 Talk is cheap, but guidance based on hard-won experience is a little more valuable. March’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous featured a raft of advice from established entrepreneurs on a wide range of topics. Departing from its usual speaker format, this month’s meetup was purely a Q&A format. The questions were answered by a panel of experts —…

Ellen Dudley

The Highs and Very Low Lows of an Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial life has its highs and lows. But you’d practically get vertigo looking down at some of the lows Ellen Dudley has faced. The Limerick woman has overcome cancer, a broken marriage and has seen more than one potentially lucrative exit from her start-up fall through. Speaking at February’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous, Dudley (@MeetFoReal) told…

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What Lean Is and Is Not Plus Some Advice for Start-ups

Lean ain’t penny pinching nor will it suck the soul from your organization. It is absolutely essential and should be practiced in all start-ups, according to Paul Daniel. A native of South Africa, Daniel (@paulrdaniel) was speaking at the March Entrepreneurs Anonymous meet up in Dublin, Ireland. He first studied Lean in depth studying for his…

Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford

4 Tips for Entrepreneurs

When Eoin Ryan took a year out to visit Australia, he embellished his work experience and bluffed his way in to a job as a shrimp fisherman. The small crew consisted of rough and ready rednecks who drank a lot at night. They were always probing to see how tough Ryan was. He managed to…

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Recession & Internet Spur Wealth Transfer

Part II. Part I is here. Are you still driving a delivery van even after consumers have flocked to the internet? Worse yet, are you blaming the recession for your loss of business? People “get caught up in the feeling of recession,” Liam McNamara told Entrepreneurs Anonymous, a monthly meeting for entrepreneurs in Dublin. But…

Morgan McKeagney

6 Things I Know to be True About Entrepreneurship

People, sales, culture and matching big talk with big actions were the key tips offered by Morgan McKeagney (@morganmck), MD of iQ Content, one of Dublin’s leading web companies. Speaking at the monthly Last Tuesday meet up, McKeagney and Head of Marketing Irene Dehaene (@irenedehaene) offered a wealth of start-up and management advice to the…

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Tips on How to Clear That Creative Block

Exercise, change your routine, drink the juice of 10 oranges: All proven methods that help knock us out of that rut where creativity seems to have abandoned us. The tips were among many given by Richard Lawler (@StartInnovating), author of Innovation Demystified: Tapping In To Our Creative Core, at June’s Last Tuesday meet up in…

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A Peek Behind Innovation in the News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_v7QrIW0zY

Amongst the immediacy and relevance of its news stream, Storyful regularly uncovers videos that go viral. The Dublin-based start-up’s latest feat was finding Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal— a YouTube marriage proposal that shot from 5,000 to 5.5 million views over the course of a weekend after it was pushed out to Storyful’s customers. “What is…