The Digital Irish Podcast tells a global story of Irish innovation.
Successful Irish entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and global leaders share their journey on the path to success within Ireland and abroad.
Super Critical Brands: Mark Collins
Mark Collins has fast become renowned as a successful entrepreneur and consultant in corporate cannabis; as well as an advisor for new businesses and entrepreneurs.
Since 2015, he has helped build brands such as Bloom Farms and Otto. He also has raised over $260MM in capital for companies as diverse as MedMen and Harborside across coffee and cannabis; most recently raising $9.4MM round for hemp-product maker HemptownUSA in 2020.
Before making the pivot to cannabis, he worked with some of the biggest brands in the world such as CNN, P&G, Kraft Foods & TimeWarner.
In this episode, Mark discusses the history of cannabis and it’s Irish connections, why he pivoted to this industry, and the variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs to make an impact in this multibillion dollar industry.
This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne
Cilter: Rena Maycock
Rena Maycock was recently named in the Sunday Independents top 30 women in tech - thanks to her work as founder and CEO of Cilter.
Cilter are developing child-protection software for smartphones that keeps children safe from bullying, coercion and grooming and aims to help prevent child-suicide by alerting parents to imminent threats presented to their child via their smartphone.
Before Cilter, Rena co-founded Intro Matchmaking - which remains Ireland’s largest nationwide dating agency - and was chief executive office at iRadio Ireland.
In this episode, we discuss Rena's passion for making smartphone use safe for children, why safety online is more important than ever, and how Cilter are tackling these challenges head on.
This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne
SISU: Pat Phelan
Welcome to Season 2 of the Digital Irish Podcast.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Pat Phelan has built and sold a number of companies in the telecoms and software space, including Trustev and Cubic Telecom.
He is also recognized as one of Europe's most influential software innovators. He is also a serial investor in, and advisor to, a number of organisations.
Alison: Mike Feerick
What is the future of education in a virtual world? Mike Feerick, CEO of Alison, has a unique insight into how this $5 Trillion industry is about to turn on its head. Companies like Alison, who offer free enrollment to thousands of online courses that have produced over 3 million graduates are challenging the status quo of traditional education.
Much like technology transformed the music Industry and the news Industry, we are now seeing the same transformation take hold in the education industry. In this interview, we discuss why Mike believes corporates will play a key role in the education of their employees and what the future of education looks like as it moves online.
Kinzen: Mark Little
Misinformation is the cultural virus of our modern era. It is dismantling global relations, effecting public discourse, and creating uncertainty at a time when we need trusted voices to keep us informed. Mark Little, with his most recent start-up, Kinzen, is bringing a journalistic solution to the problem of misinformation. In fact, he sees this as an obligation that is driven by real purpose. In our conversation, he told me his mission in life is to make sure that every citizen has confidence in the information that they consume every day. Tune in to hear how he aims to achieve that.
CurrencyFair: Paul Byrne
Paul Byrne is by all accounts a builder of companies. Between 2007-2016 Paul built and sold three companies and during this time he developed a playbook to scale businesses successfully. In 2016 he planned on going into semi-retirement to help startups apply some of the concepts from his playbook. That work led him to CurrencyFair, where his initial one-day per week advisory role quickly transitioned into a full-time CEO role. Since Paul took over the leadership role at CurrencyFair in 2016 they turned their first profit and are now aggressively expanding in the Asian Market.
This episode is hosted by Patrick McAndrew