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Talking to entrepreneurs, innovators and creators about taking the leap and overcoming the obstacles, so that you can too.

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People Solving Problems: Colin Keogh

Colin Keogh, engineer, designer and innovator, talks to us about solving problems, why he likes to get stuck into stuff he knows nothing about and what happens when you say yes to everything Key takeaways [2:45] Ideas, innovation and people are what solves problems [4:35] Expert ignorance: Coming into a project that you know nothing about and applying what you’re good at can result in better solutions [5:00] Use what skills you have, you can always contribute something in someway [6:20] Hammers see everything as nails [7:25] Don't let lack of experience put you off from working in a technical field [8:10] Real life experience can be more valuable than theoretical knowledge [16:10] Just say yes to everything [20:10] You are always only ever one step away from whatever you need [20:40] Try ideas out quickly. Prototype a product early and get it into people's hands as soon as possible [22:10] A major challenge in building a social enterprise is finding a suitable legal structure [26:0...

40 MIN2017 NOV 7
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People Solving Problems: Colin Keogh

ExitEntry: A Community Of Opportunity

Lewize Crothers, founder of the online platform ExitEntry, chats to us about how not having a tech background shouldn't stop you from starting a tech based business, the importance of listening to your customer and what investors are really looking for. Key takeaways [1:10] Outside interests, teamwork, communication and leadership skills are as important to multinationals as academic results and qualifications when employing graduates [7:30] Its not about the obstacles but how you look at the skills you have [9:50] When you get out of your comfort zone and talk to people, incredible things will happen [10:37] Everything is possible, it’s about having the drive and belief [12:10] Asking the right questions and being a good listener is key [13:40] At the beginning it’s about getting out there, speaking to people and building your network [15:05] Tell the world about your idea because it will become nothing without people knowing about it [16:40] Everyone has good ideas but it’s all...

32 MIN2017 OCT 31
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ExitEntry: A Community Of Opportunity

Founder Friday: A Fireside Chat With Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes, founder and CEO of Innovate, talks to us in our first Founder Friday fireside chat at The Hatch Lab. We chat about surviving recession, creating a positive work culture and planning for growth. Key Takeaways [7:00] A lot was learned from the recession, like how to be efficient and innovative. [9:00] Business strategy is built on four pillars: your financial objectives, value proposition, business processes and how you drive organisational capacity into your business. [11:45] Building relationships is about relating to people and connecting with them. [12:50] Positive work cultures come from the top. It needs honesty on a consistent basis. [14:15] You have to recruitprimarily on character and a set of values. Diversity is also hugely important in an organisation. [17:30] The one thing that determines a business’ success is good management. [21:47] Resilience comes from challenges you've faced in other areas of your life. [22:52] Have a growth mindset - the ability to be ...

39 MIN2017 OCT 24
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Founder Friday: A Fireside Chat With Jim Hughes

The Freebird Club: Social Innovation In The Sharing Economy

Peter Mangan, founder of The Freebird Club, talks to us about social entrepreneurship, the importance of the double bottom line and creating a global community with a platform offering social travelling and home-stays to mature adults. Key Takeaways [0:47] By 2025 one third of Europeans will be over the age of 60 [3:27] Starting a business is a creative process [3:50] Initial challenges include getting the right people around you, finding the money to get started and getting the first few customers [12:25] It’s important that investors are also interested in the vision of the company [14:00] It's essential to be adaptable and flexible when things are progressing rapidly [14:50] Planning for growth is important, you need to be able to service the business properly as it grows to keep customers happy [15:45] There are increasing opportunities to get grant funding for social enterprises, which give credibility as well as early stage finance [16:10] The number of investors looking for ...

20 MIN2017 OCT 18
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The Freebird Club: Social Innovation In The Sharing Economy

Works In Progress: Mindset, Success & Uncertainty

Ronan Lynagh talks to us about handling uncertainty, building resilience and being entrepreneurial in your career in this week's podcast. We chat about growth mindset and how we measure success as well as the evolution of his own career. Key takeaways [12:05] Having constants outside of work, like hobbies and friends, can help you cope with change, uncertainty and times of transition. [16:45] The benefit of not being too narrow with your focus is being open to opportunities you might not have even thought or known of. [19:00] Ronan’s advice for people who want to change career path: You can be entrepreneurial about your career Expose yourself to your passions and interests in ways that challenge you [22:35] Tips on building resilience: Think about what you expect of yourself Know your own moods and states and how to recognise when you need support Have things that you enjoy doing for yourself and recognise their benefit Its not just about how quickly you get back up but being okay ...

36 MIN2017 OCT 10
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Works In Progress: Mindset, Success & Uncertainty

FRANC Magazine: Style With Substance

Briony Somers of FRANC Magazine talks to us about mixing business with creativity, disrupting crowded markets and how page views are the subprime mortgages of the internet. We discuss how women as a market are misunderstood, the resurgence of print media and the importance of talking about failure. Key Takeaways [6:25] There is a deep confusion around businesses targeting women.Fashion is often seen as superficial. [7:50] Fashion is a 1.7 trillion dollar industry worldwide, the second largest sector of consumer spending in the US under groceries. [8:40] The best opportunities are found where people say the market is crowded, yet customers are unhappy. [15:50] Print media is seeing a resurgence as a luxury consumer product in itself. Page views are the sub prime mortgages of the internetClick To Tweet [22:15] Online content can tend to focus on quantity over quality. [23:30]It’s about delivering an experience and connection for people. [30:05] Business and creativity have always gon...

40 MIN2017 OCT 3
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FRANC Magazine: Style With Substance

Stopping The Scroll: Social Media For Startups

Alex Calder, social media specialist and creator of Between Two Ears, talks to us about safaris, storytelling and how to be sound on social media! We talk about common mistakes brands make, what metrics really matter and how to stand out in the infinite scroll. GDTT is now on Instagram! Come follow us @godothething_podcast as we put into practice the advice in this week's podcast. Key takeaways [4:15] Social media is now more important than traditional advertising [4:25] The things to think about as a brand on social media: What's your story, message, tone, and who are you talking to. [5:05] We scroll 300 ft on our social media feeds every day, up from 8 ft a year ago. How to stop people scrolling to see your content is hard. [8:00] The most common mistakes companies and brands make: Using the personal pronoun in brand communications, it's very unprofessional Typos - good grammar and perfect spelling are a must Knowing your tone and who you are gives you the parameters to work withi...

20 MIN2017 SEP 19
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Stopping The Scroll: Social Media For Startups

TicketChain: From Hackathon to High Potential Startup

Jake MccGwire, Kevin Murray, and Zachary Diebold from TicketChain, a digital ticketing platform, talk to us aboutthe start-up ecosystem in Ireland, how to expand your network and make new connections, and why the perfect time to launch a start-up is when you’ve just left college. Key takeaways [5:17] It’s important to know that you have to adapt as you understand the market better [8:17] Advice on reaching out to people: use direct message on LinkedIn, providing you have a valid reason for wanting to meet them and asking for their advice most people are very helpful and will give you 15 mins of their time Every meeting you go to is a possible second or third connection made. It’s all about making those small warm connections. [10:09] You need to carefully prioritise the things you can achieve in a certain amount of time.You have no one sitting over your shoulder telling you what to do next. Being open to changing your idea is really crucialClick To Tweet [22:15] If someone who ha...

33 MIN2017 SEP 11
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TicketChain: From Hackathon to High Potential Startup

360 Degrees: Business With Vision

Ciara Sheahan and Ian Walsh from Seymour 360 Photography talk to us this week about the power of VR technology, from disrupting the property market tochanging the lives of kids with autism.We talk about the challenges of being first to market, dealing with the slow no and the importance of listening in business. Key takeaways [3:00] Began with presenting properties for sale using 360 degree photography which developed into using it for venues such as pubs and restaurants, for weddings and other events. [7:20] The challenges of being ahead of the curve include having to educate your customers about the technology and what it can do. Have to be an evangelist. [11:25]You have to believe in your own insanity. [17:15] To get through the dark days, do one small positive thing every day. Celebrate the little victories. [20:35] VR and 360 photos saves memories and moments in time, will allow us to be with our loved ones and relive memories long after they are gone. [27:40] VR gives insight ...

42 MIN2017 SEP 5
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360 Degrees: Business With Vision

Plot Twist! – Using Improv For Creativity, Confidence & Collaboration

Neil Curran, improv teacher and performer, and Anna Wilson, improv performer, join me to discuss how improvisation skills could help you nail your next pitch and unleash the potential of your team. And the good news is, you were already doing it as a kid! We talk about banning the “but” word, team making vs team breaking and embracing your mistakes. Key takeaways [1:53] Improv is usually associated with comedy but really it is something we all are born doing but tend to lose as adults. It is how we react and how we listen.Its about spontaneity, how we respond in the moment. [3:27] Improv skills are life skills.As children we just want to play,kids don’t have the constraints we put on ourselves as adults.Fear of punishment shuts down playfulness and creativity. [5:39] 'Mistakes are just a new way of doing things' - Jill BernardClick To Tweet [7:55] How Anna came to improv. Discovered it's not about being funny and witty but about being supportive of your partner on stage. [11:34] ...

59 MIN2017 AUG 29
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Plot Twist! – Using Improv For Creativity, Confidence & Collaboration

Latest Episodes

People Solving Problems: Colin Keogh

Colin Keogh, engineer, designer and innovator, talks to us about solving problems, why he likes to get stuck into stuff he knows nothing about and what happens when you say yes to everything Key takeaways [2:45] Ideas, innovation and people are what solves problems [4:35] Expert ignorance: Coming into a project that you know nothing about and applying what you’re good at can result in better solutions [5:00] Use what skills you have, you can always contribute something in someway [6:20] Hammers see everything as nails [7:25] Don't let lack of experience put you off from working in a technical field [8:10] Real life experience can be more valuable than theoretical knowledge [16:10] Just say yes to everything [20:10] You are always only ever one step away from whatever you need [20:40] Try ideas out quickly. Prototype a product early and get it into people's hands as soon as possible [22:10] A major challenge in building a social enterprise is finding a suitable legal structure [26:0...

40 MIN2017 NOV 7
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People Solving Problems: Colin Keogh

ExitEntry: A Community Of Opportunity

Lewize Crothers, founder of the online platform ExitEntry, chats to us about how not having a tech background shouldn't stop you from starting a tech based business, the importance of listening to your customer and what investors are really looking for. Key takeaways [1:10] Outside interests, teamwork, communication and leadership skills are as important to multinationals as academic results and qualifications when employing graduates [7:30] Its not about the obstacles but how you look at the skills you have [9:50] When you get out of your comfort zone and talk to people, incredible things will happen [10:37] Everything is possible, it’s about having the drive and belief [12:10] Asking the right questions and being a good listener is key [13:40] At the beginning it’s about getting out there, speaking to people and building your network [15:05] Tell the world about your idea because it will become nothing without people knowing about it [16:40] Everyone has good ideas but it’s all...

32 MIN2017 OCT 31
Comments
ExitEntry: A Community Of Opportunity

Founder Friday: A Fireside Chat With Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes, founder and CEO of Innovate, talks to us in our first Founder Friday fireside chat at The Hatch Lab. We chat about surviving recession, creating a positive work culture and planning for growth. Key Takeaways [7:00] A lot was learned from the recession, like how to be efficient and innovative. [9:00] Business strategy is built on four pillars: your financial objectives, value proposition, business processes and how you drive organisational capacity into your business. [11:45] Building relationships is about relating to people and connecting with them. [12:50] Positive work cultures come from the top. It needs honesty on a consistent basis. [14:15] You have to recruitprimarily on character and a set of values. Diversity is also hugely important in an organisation. [17:30] The one thing that determines a business’ success is good management. [21:47] Resilience comes from challenges you've faced in other areas of your life. [22:52] Have a growth mindset - the ability to be ...

39 MIN2017 OCT 24
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Founder Friday: A Fireside Chat With Jim Hughes

The Freebird Club: Social Innovation In The Sharing Economy

Peter Mangan, founder of The Freebird Club, talks to us about social entrepreneurship, the importance of the double bottom line and creating a global community with a platform offering social travelling and home-stays to mature adults. Key Takeaways [0:47] By 2025 one third of Europeans will be over the age of 60 [3:27] Starting a business is a creative process [3:50] Initial challenges include getting the right people around you, finding the money to get started and getting the first few customers [12:25] It’s important that investors are also interested in the vision of the company [14:00] It's essential to be adaptable and flexible when things are progressing rapidly [14:50] Planning for growth is important, you need to be able to service the business properly as it grows to keep customers happy [15:45] There are increasing opportunities to get grant funding for social enterprises, which give credibility as well as early stage finance [16:10] The number of investors looking for ...

20 MIN2017 OCT 18
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The Freebird Club: Social Innovation In The Sharing Economy

Works In Progress: Mindset, Success & Uncertainty

Ronan Lynagh talks to us about handling uncertainty, building resilience and being entrepreneurial in your career in this week's podcast. We chat about growth mindset and how we measure success as well as the evolution of his own career. Key takeaways [12:05] Having constants outside of work, like hobbies and friends, can help you cope with change, uncertainty and times of transition. [16:45] The benefit of not being too narrow with your focus is being open to opportunities you might not have even thought or known of. [19:00] Ronan’s advice for people who want to change career path: You can be entrepreneurial about your career Expose yourself to your passions and interests in ways that challenge you [22:35] Tips on building resilience: Think about what you expect of yourself Know your own moods and states and how to recognise when you need support Have things that you enjoy doing for yourself and recognise their benefit Its not just about how quickly you get back up but being okay ...

36 MIN2017 OCT 10
Comments
Works In Progress: Mindset, Success & Uncertainty

FRANC Magazine: Style With Substance

Briony Somers of FRANC Magazine talks to us about mixing business with creativity, disrupting crowded markets and how page views are the subprime mortgages of the internet. We discuss how women as a market are misunderstood, the resurgence of print media and the importance of talking about failure. Key Takeaways [6:25] There is a deep confusion around businesses targeting women.Fashion is often seen as superficial. [7:50] Fashion is a 1.7 trillion dollar industry worldwide, the second largest sector of consumer spending in the US under groceries. [8:40] The best opportunities are found where people say the market is crowded, yet customers are unhappy. [15:50] Print media is seeing a resurgence as a luxury consumer product in itself. Page views are the sub prime mortgages of the internetClick To Tweet [22:15] Online content can tend to focus on quantity over quality. [23:30]It’s about delivering an experience and connection for people. [30:05] Business and creativity have always gon...

40 MIN2017 OCT 3
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FRANC Magazine: Style With Substance

Stopping The Scroll: Social Media For Startups

Alex Calder, social media specialist and creator of Between Two Ears, talks to us about safaris, storytelling and how to be sound on social media! We talk about common mistakes brands make, what metrics really matter and how to stand out in the infinite scroll. GDTT is now on Instagram! Come follow us @godothething_podcast as we put into practice the advice in this week's podcast. Key takeaways [4:15] Social media is now more important than traditional advertising [4:25] The things to think about as a brand on social media: What's your story, message, tone, and who are you talking to. [5:05] We scroll 300 ft on our social media feeds every day, up from 8 ft a year ago. How to stop people scrolling to see your content is hard. [8:00] The most common mistakes companies and brands make: Using the personal pronoun in brand communications, it's very unprofessional Typos - good grammar and perfect spelling are a must Knowing your tone and who you are gives you the parameters to work withi...

20 MIN2017 SEP 19
Comments
Stopping The Scroll: Social Media For Startups

TicketChain: From Hackathon to High Potential Startup

Jake MccGwire, Kevin Murray, and Zachary Diebold from TicketChain, a digital ticketing platform, talk to us aboutthe start-up ecosystem in Ireland, how to expand your network and make new connections, and why the perfect time to launch a start-up is when you’ve just left college. Key takeaways [5:17] It’s important to know that you have to adapt as you understand the market better [8:17] Advice on reaching out to people: use direct message on LinkedIn, providing you have a valid reason for wanting to meet them and asking for their advice most people are very helpful and will give you 15 mins of their time Every meeting you go to is a possible second or third connection made. It’s all about making those small warm connections. [10:09] You need to carefully prioritise the things you can achieve in a certain amount of time.You have no one sitting over your shoulder telling you what to do next. Being open to changing your idea is really crucialClick To Tweet [22:15] If someone who ha...

33 MIN2017 SEP 11
Comments
TicketChain: From Hackathon to High Potential Startup

360 Degrees: Business With Vision

Ciara Sheahan and Ian Walsh from Seymour 360 Photography talk to us this week about the power of VR technology, from disrupting the property market tochanging the lives of kids with autism.We talk about the challenges of being first to market, dealing with the slow no and the importance of listening in business. Key takeaways [3:00] Began with presenting properties for sale using 360 degree photography which developed into using it for venues such as pubs and restaurants, for weddings and other events. [7:20] The challenges of being ahead of the curve include having to educate your customers about the technology and what it can do. Have to be an evangelist. [11:25]You have to believe in your own insanity. [17:15] To get through the dark days, do one small positive thing every day. Celebrate the little victories. [20:35] VR and 360 photos saves memories and moments in time, will allow us to be with our loved ones and relive memories long after they are gone. [27:40] VR gives insight ...

42 MIN2017 SEP 5
Comments
360 Degrees: Business With Vision

Plot Twist! – Using Improv For Creativity, Confidence & Collaboration

Neil Curran, improv teacher and performer, and Anna Wilson, improv performer, join me to discuss how improvisation skills could help you nail your next pitch and unleash the potential of your team. And the good news is, you were already doing it as a kid! We talk about banning the “but” word, team making vs team breaking and embracing your mistakes. Key takeaways [1:53] Improv is usually associated with comedy but really it is something we all are born doing but tend to lose as adults. It is how we react and how we listen.Its about spontaneity, how we respond in the moment. [3:27] Improv skills are life skills.As children we just want to play,kids don’t have the constraints we put on ourselves as adults.Fear of punishment shuts down playfulness and creativity. [5:39] 'Mistakes are just a new way of doing things' - Jill BernardClick To Tweet [7:55] How Anna came to improv. Discovered it's not about being funny and witty but about being supportive of your partner on stage. [11:34] ...

59 MIN2017 AUG 29
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Plot Twist! – Using Improv For Creativity, Confidence & Collaboration
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