Understanding the Sales Process

I grew to love knocking on doors. It was my first job out of college, selling Sky TV. Once we had mastered the pitch, the newbies were sent out to our area zone on the north side of Dublin to start knocking on doors. I remember the first few hours being mindbogglingly bored. On our tally sheet, we were keeping …

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Are You Building your Network the Wrong Way?

I’m not sure I do a great job at building up my network and actively keeping in touch. I’m human after all and it’s hard to keep up-to-date with people. An indictor of this goes back to back to 2004, when the average address book supposedly had just a hundred contacts, whereas today we’ve likely got …

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New Website for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Upstarts

Since starting university in 2007, both myself and Chris have started a number of projects including a brass quintet and two health technology companies. Essentially we’ve been on mission to help others, do what we like to do, and to make money. But most have failed. RooneyRyan.com is now our home with the title “Expert Advice from …

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Growth: is it engineered or luck?

When you specifically want to grow your company, the only thing an entrepreneur can do is plan out a strategy to reach some realistic targets. These targets are normally set by seasoned entrepreneurs/investors who understand the targets that can be achieved with the dedicated marketing budget, and most often this could be defined as the …

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In The Event Of A Fire, Learn a Startup Lesson

It’s Friday, 11.30pm. We’re on the way into our office to collect some boxes to bring home. As we walk in the fire alarm goes off, and in typical Irish fashion (“Ah sure, it’ll be grand”) we continue upstairs anyway. We make our way up to the 3rd floor when we notice lots of smoke in …

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Think Different; think Emotionally.

It was September 28, 1997, when Apple debuted the now famous “Think Different” ad campaign. It featured some of the most iconic pioneers of the day including Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Miles Davis. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The …

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How to answer questions you don’t know the answer to

After you do your concise presentation you’re hopefully going to get a lot of questions. Here are some important tips to consider when you don’t know the answer cold: Take a moment to think about the question. You can even say “Hmmm… that’s a good question. Let me think about that for a second.” Folks …

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The Colours of the Web

I think it’s fair to say that colours are fascinating. Colours can change how we think, how we feel, how we interact with others. They can be described as light or dark, busy or calming. On the mention of a colour, it will strike a feeling and thought for you. Red!….you’re thinking about a stop sign yea? Or …

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Trademarks for Startups, what you need to know!

Understanding the area of Intellectual Property (IP) is very important for any new startup. You must understand what IP means, how it can be beneficial to you as a new company, and in particular for the purpose of this post – what a trademark is. It took me a long while to really get my head …

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Born before technology was invented?

While conducting some research for a new product I’m working on, I came across this quote by Ian Calvert of Instant Grass and I blind posted it on Twitter last night: “We only call it technology when we were born before it was invented” This particular quote caught my eye within the MobileYouth.org presentations as it …

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