22 Jun Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Eight

Based on a suggestion from Kurt Roush – a fellow ThoughtLeader, and the Executive Director of Fisher Professional Services at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, I am planning to have to students study four areas of Irish history prior to our visit next year:

1840-1850 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland)

1916 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising

Late 1960’s to 1998 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles

1995-2007 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Tiger

 I visited the Belfast team today at Maildistiller, and they’re doing a fantastic job with Colm McGoldrick’s team!  Colm has clearly articulated his ambitious three-year goal, and the team is helping Colm look at a US targeting strategy along with possible branding and value proposition approaches.  It’s a fascinating exercise to help an Irish company figure out how to launch into the US market.  It involves a great deal of time, risk, legal issues, and investment of labor and capital.  It’s no small decision!

The team in Maynooth met with the CEO of Trintech, Paul Byrne, and learned a great deal about the challenge of leading a dynamic and entrepreneurial firm in Dallas from Dublin!

I am predicting some fantastic presentations to be delivered on July 11th in Denver!

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