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Chris Rooney

I grew up in Belfast and moved to Dublin at 18 for college and music in equal measure. Alongside Liam, I started QT Brass – a five piece brass group where we played throughout Ireland and toured China, US and throughout Europe. It’s fair to say our 1st start-up experience gave us the bug!

Whilst in college and while living with Liam, we started our first company together called SafeText – a text message reminder service for women taking the contraceptive pill. Many a day was spent traipsing around college campuses promoting it to passers by and giving them a packet of Smarties if they signed-up for it there and then. All this taught me a valuable lesson – people will do almost anything for some free chocolate.

The subscriptions grew as did our thirst for the start-up space. The focus then turned to expanding the scope of the application more towards general health compliance and the idea for GetHealth was born (not a good analogy in the case of SafeText).

My role in the company was as head of Sales and Marketing. I personally got a huge amount from the experience of this role as it opened my eyes to the opportunities and challenges of a B2B sales process. Everything from cold calling to finding ways to mitigate long cycles. These experiences became further enhanced with a 3 month long business development trip to New York. I was there on my own representing the company and at times it was scary. But every day I made the hour-long commute from my digs in Queens to Manhattan because I believed in what we are doing and because the buzz of the start-up is like no other.

While things didn’t quite work out for us, I take only positives from all our work. Mostly because I have the firm belief that if and when we do it again, we’ll be even better.

Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter. My personal email is chris@rooneyryan.com.