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Latest Episode10/22/2021

Episode 58 That Great Business Show - Jason Lynch COO Equal1, Mary McKenna, founder, Tour America, Catherine Lockhart & Marc O'Dwyer, Big Red Cloud Big Giveaway

Season 1, Ep. 58
2.00" This story is nothing short of extraordinary. And it's real.Jason Lynch, COO of startup Equal1, based at NovaUCD. Their business is quantum computing and if, in the next two years, they achieve their targets, we may have quantum computers as laptops. And, if you don't know anything about quantum computers, all you do need to know is that they are MILLIONS of times more powerful than what's sitting on your desk today. Jason explains how 'the band got back together' to form this exceptionally exciting small company that may be about to revolutionise personal computing. The team is vastly experienced, sporting PhD and Professor badges, so there's nothing flaky about them. They've also been scrutinised by some serious investors including Atlantic Bridge, btov Industrial Technologies, 808 Ventures and Enterprise Ireland, who have pitched €10 million at the company to date. Jason explains what their expansion plans are (they're hiring) and over the course of the interview the true magnitude of this project is revealed. We may be looking at something akin to a new Apple. In Ireland. Really. They're already in talks with IBM.Not surprising so that Jason's 'hire in a heartbbeat' is the Woz, Stephen Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.25.00" Mary McKenna, founder of Tour AmericaWe had invited Mary on to That Great Business Show to tell us how she and her company keep winning any 'best managed' awards available, and have done so for many years now. But that invitation was sent before President Biden announced the opening of the US borders, allowing your business to start the necessary travel to sell your goods and services to the world's largest economy. So, opportunistically, we decided to ask US born Mary, who has made a highly-successful career from 'selling America' to tell us her many top tips on how to best to travel, where to find the best airline deals (not necessarily booking directly!), using Revolut to save up to 2.5% every time you buy something, upgrading your hotel for $20, the benefits of various airport loyalty schemes...and so much more. And of course we asked her about winning those awards and also, the elephant in the room, what it was like not to have ANY BUSINESS AT ALL for the last year and a half. Top listen. Mary's 'hire in a heartbeat'? Journalist, panellist, barrister and Tour America video maker, Aileen Hickey. Find out why. 51.00" Marc O'Dwyer and Catherine Lockhart, Big Red CloudTeamGBS likes FREE so when Big Red Cloud offered free gifts to TeamGBS listeners who choose to use their services then, naturally, we had to have them on. Marc and Catherine explain how your business can get free transaction costs on your first €5,000 value of business done, if you use their new Square integration and if you are a first time buyer of their accounting software then you'll also be getting a free tablet. All because Big Red Cloud backs TeamGBS.And, of course, being That Great Business Show we also head down a couple of rabbit holes, such as what it takes to be an Iron Man, the wonders of IADT College in Dublin, tips for women to climb the greasy corporate pole, and so much more.Listen and save your business money.Marc's 'hire in a heartbeat' is John Purdy, non-executive chair at ErgoCatherine backed a woman, choosing Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown Tan, as her 'hire in a heartbeat'.That Great Business Show is proudly sponsored by www.DeFactoShave.com - the world's best shaving oil.
10/22/2021

Episode 58 That Great Business Show - Jason Lynch COO Equal1, Mary McKenna, founder, Tour America, Catherine Lockhart & Marc O'Dwyer, Big Red Cloud Big Giveaway

Season 1, Ep. 58
2.00" This story is nothing short of extraordinary. And it's real.Jason Lynch, COO of startup Equal1, based at NovaUCD. Their business is quantum computing and if, in the next two years, they achieve their targets, we may have quantum computers as laptops. And, if you don't know anything about quantum computers, all you do need to know is that they are MILLIONS of times more powerful than what's sitting on your desk today. Jason explains how 'the band got back together' to form this exceptionally exciting small company that may be about to revolutionise personal computing. The team is vastly experienced, sporting PhD and Professor badges, so there's nothing flaky about them. They've also been scrutinised by some serious investors including Atlantic Bridge, btov Industrial Technologies, 808 Ventures and Enterprise Ireland, who have pitched €10 million at the company to date. Jason explains what their expansion plans are (they're hiring) and over the course of the interview the true magnitude of this project is revealed. We may be looking at something akin to a new Apple. In Ireland. Really. They're already in talks with IBM.Not surprising so that Jason's 'hire in a heartbbeat' is the Woz, Stephen Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.25.00" Mary McKenna, founder of Tour AmericaWe had invited Mary on to That Great Business Show to tell us how she and her company keep winning any 'best managed' awards available, and have done so for many years now. But that invitation was sent before President Biden announced the opening of the US borders, allowing your business to start the necessary travel to sell your goods and services to the world's largest economy. So, opportunistically, we decided to ask US born Mary, who has made a highly-successful career from 'selling America' to tell us her many top tips on how to best to travel, where to find the best airline deals (not necessarily booking directly!), using Revolut to save up to 2.5% every time you buy something, upgrading your hotel for $20, the benefits of various airport loyalty schemes...and so much more. And of course we asked her about winning those awards and also, the elephant in the room, what it was like not to have ANY BUSINESS AT ALL for the last year and a half. Top listen. Mary's 'hire in a heartbeat'? Journalist, panellist, barrister and Tour America video maker, Aileen Hickey. Find out why. 51.00" Marc O'Dwyer and Catherine Lockhart, Big Red CloudTeamGBS likes FREE so when Big Red Cloud offered free gifts to TeamGBS listeners who choose to use their services then, naturally, we had to have them on. Marc and Catherine explain how your business can get free transaction costs on your first €5,000 value of business done, if you use their new Square integration and if you are a first time buyer of their accounting software then you'll also be getting a free tablet. All because Big Red Cloud backs TeamGBS.And, of course, being That Great Business Show we also head down a couple of rabbit holes, such as what it takes to be an Iron Man, the wonders of IADT College in Dublin, tips for women to climb the greasy corporate pole, and so much more.Listen and save your business money.Marc's 'hire in a heartbeat' is John Purdy, non-executive chair at ErgoCatherine backed a woman, choosing Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown Tan, as her 'hire in a heartbeat'.That Great Business Show is proudly sponsored by www.DeFactoShave.com - the world's best shaving oil.
10/1/2021

Episode 55 That Great Business Show, Diarmaid Mac Colgáin, Concept Dairy - Dr. Luke Ward, Dr. Declan Kelly, Eolas Medical - Marie Vahey, Gillian Roddie, TCD Tangent

Season 1, Ep. 55
45" Catch up with AwakenHub, shout for further applications for the SheGenerates Accelerator Light...Listen to Episode 54.3.00" Diarmaid Mac Colgáin, co-founder Concept Dairy, on his new app, useful for dairy farmers and processors to see, and lock in, the best market prices. The app uses Diarmaid's extensive knowledge as a commodity trader in the UK for many years. Self funded to date, he's keen to talk to 'smart money' (must have serious connections into world dairy and other food commodity markets) but more so, he'd like introductions to processors across Europe and eventually the US. Intriguingly he also says his app can be adapted to trade other farming commodities, so we may see Cavan pig farmers selling pork belly futures, a la Wall St.? Diarmaid also rowed for Ireland, with medals to prove it!Two 'hire in a heartbeat' choices for Diarmaid, McKenzie Scott, philanthropist, ex-hedge fund manager, ex-Jeff Bezos and Bill Winters, a former wunderkind at JP Morgan, the man who matured the derivatives market.Update on Stephen McPeake and Civic Dollars (Episode 45).23.00" Dr. Luke Kelly and Dr. Declan Kelly, of Eolas Medical, a software that "allows hospitals to have a single source of truth for their medical knowledge". The IgniteNI backed company has already raised £2 million, but that won't be the end of it, as they have world ambitions. They're already in 40 hospitals, they're generating revenue, and they want TeamGBS to introduce them to other hospital groups around the world.Their 'hire in a heartbeat'? Bob Brisk, cardiologist plus a PhD in AI - as you do!45.00" Trinity College Dublin has left Dublin 2! They've opened up operations in Wexford, Athlone and Galway...all is explained. Gillian Roddie explains what TCD Tangent is doing and who should pop onto their courses that gives you a TCD parchment on completion, plus the opportunity to throw a mortar board skyward!Courses can be free and you'll have to listen to find out who gets to get on these free, business related, courses. Marie Vahey, an alumna, sings the praises of the courses and explains how Tangent has changed her business fundamentally. Eventually they chose John Rocha and David Attenborough as their hires in a heartbeat...
9/24/2021

Episode 53 That Great Business Show, Keavy Ryan & Sean McKeon on SAYE scheme problems, Geraldine Jones, Skin Formulas, Oran Mulvey, Shane O'Sullivan, Glimpse, Roisin Carroll, Carroll Estates

4.00" Keavy Ryan, partner at law firm A&L Goodbody and an Irish Proshare Association (IPSA) board member joins Dalata Hotels company secretary, Sean McKeon to discuss why the withdrawal of Ulster Bank from the Irish market may throw current Save As You Earn Schemes (SAYE) into disarray. They join co-host Susan Spence (founder Softco) in discussing talent attraction and retention problems due to an inadequate share option scheme that does not match a similar UK scheme, available to companies in Northern Ireland.22.00" Geraldine Jones, founder Skin Formulas, talks about her brand that is sold in Dunnes Stores, Shaws (almost nationwide), Meaghers Pharmacies etc. She has bootstrapped the business herself and she's now hoping to head for the UK market without further investment - unless 'smart money' wants to join her. So how do you take on the might of the big brands (her products are not make up, but nutraceuticals, an important differentiator. Her 'hire in a heartbeat'? Well she chose two (wise woman!). She wants the sectoral knowledge of TeamGBS alumna, Aimee Connolly, as well as the unstinting encouragement of her uncle, also a TeamGBS alumnus, Peter Byrne, CEO of FRS.39.00" Glimpse software founders Oran Mulvey and Shane O'Sullivan (both 26) entertained us with their youthful enthusiasm as well intriguing us with what could be world beating software to help small and large retailers find out who's shopping with them, in store (they compare their software to Google Analytices for bricks and mortar stores). They're currently raising €2m to help with their assault on the UK market and when (not if!) that's successful, they're heading for the US of A. Just listen to their exuberance. It'll lift your day. Their 'hire in a heartbeat', Werner Vogels, CTO and VP at Amazon.59.00" Roisin Carroll, Sales and Marketing Manager, Carroll Estates tells us how she works with her dad, her sister, her brother-in-law, and how they keep the peace. Her real reason to be on That Great Business Show was to try to tell the world about their houses for sale in Malahide, Dublin, but they're already selling like hot cakes so we chatted to her about the family business, Japanese toilets and the TV show, Grand Designs. As we say, we do business differently. Roisin's 'hire in a heartbeat'? Helena Morrissey, mother of nine, former boss of Newton Investments and campaigner for greater female presentations on company boards.
9/17/2021

Episode 52 That Great Business Show - Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port Company

Season 1, Ep. 52
Episode 52 That Great Business Show - Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port CompanyEamonn discusses every aspect of Dublin Port, handling 84% of the country's container and trailer traffic.Dublin Port (DP) has 4,000 people working within its walls, but not working directly for DP (165 people are directly employed).The majority of workers work for companies like Stena, P&O, ICG etc.DP had turnover of €89m last year and he explains how DP makes its money.He explains why ships lie offshore DP for various reasons, over weekends.Eamonn tells us the history of hobblers and how that has changed with regular slots for ships.Ferries have fixed slots, based on best times for them commercially.DP is beginning to reach constraints capacity, and rail won't play a major role.They're going to try to squeeze more activity within the port, particularly cut down the dwell time of goods within the port.You can stack containers up to about six to be efficient.He cites Valparaiso in Chile, which is the most efficient port in the world, which passes about three times more goods through than DP.Biggest containers into DP can carry 1,200 containers but ships can carry up to 22,000.Brexit has changed the profile of the business at DP, as trade flows, like water, follows the line of least resistance.They've seen an enormous growth of goods coming directly from continental Europe.He says that trying to build houses on the DP land is an appalling idea and he explains the history of Bremore Harbour.One metre of quay wall can cost €100,000 and a quay might run 300 metres.To build Bremore he reckons might cost €4 billion plus and doubles when lands have to be remediated. The quickest all of this could be built would be 20 years.DP is the 'single most important transport infrastructure in the country'.3D printing will replace some traditional manufacturing which will have an effect on trade and therefore port volume.There will be a decoupling between port volumes and GDP growth.Cruise ship bookings are allocated two years ahead.He discusses road access to the port and the need to introduce road pricing, to help manage the capacity of our roads infrastructure.DP plans will mean a new private bridge next to the East Link or Tom Clarke Bridge. Pre-application discussions have already started with an Bord Pleanála. They're working on a 4km greenway from East Point business park, down the Tolka estuary, to the most eastern extreme point of DP, where the boats enter the port.And Eamonn's 'hire in a heartbeat' is Peter Rice, a structural engineer, who made possible the Sydney Opera Centre, the Lloyds building in London and others.