I’m currently at the Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum in the Aviva Stadium, and since I came alone and have nobody to whisper my snide remarks too, I’ve decided to blog about it.
18:30 – A young man in a suit has just come on stage to introduce Denis O’Brien. Denis O’Brien has now been on stage for one minute and he’s already made the audience laugh twice. He hasn’t said anything necessarily funny but you know how large groups tend to be – when they laugh because it seems like the thing to do.
Denis O’Brien has now been on stage for one minute and he’s already made the audience laugh twice. He hasn’t said anything necessarily funny but you know how large groups tend to be – when they laugh because it seems like the thing to do.
Some of these students are in suits, perhaps they are looking to meet some notable people after the forum. Denis O’Brien is now telling us how he failed passed maths, and how he did an MBa. He dropped an F-Bomb and everyone laughed again.
We are now listening to Denis O’Brien speak about his first business, which ultimately failed. Did you know that Denis O’Brien is the wealthiest Irish born person in the country? I suppose that’s why he can afford to pay for his water. I wonder if they will ask him about that… Denis O’Brown has now used the word “stoned” and the crowd laughs again.
Denis O’Brien has now said “…for the craic” and the audience laughs again.
Can someone tell me if this list of all companies Denis O’Brien is connected to is reliable?
Denis O’Brien just said his car cost 80 Grand, and the crowd laughs every time he does a funny stereotypical accent to represent the people he was in conversation with.
Denis O’Brien says that one should do a Cyclometric test, find out their weaknesses and work on them. I disagree. Because Gary Vee told me so. Denis O’Brien says that you can work with other people who have your weakness as their strength.
Denis O’Brien just told the guy interviewing him that “By the way, I used to go out with your aunty and she’s still a cracker”. The crowd laughs again. My stomach turns.
Denis O’Brien has now been asked about the importance of giving back. I’m leaning forward in my seat. Denis O’Brien thinks that giving back is ingrained in Irish people today. Denis O’Brien says we should “give to our means”. Denis O’Brien says his shops were the only ones not looted in riots in Haiti because they give back. Seems like a cool dude. No wonder he is less criticized in media titles he owns.
Denis O’Brien is asked to provide some advice for startups today. Denis says don’t spend all the time on the product and to fill the team with people who are not exactly like you.
Denis O’Brien has been asked whether he has plans to retire soon, he just replied with saying that people live til 120. Goody.
He just said that we, as students, probably don’t read the paper. How dare he? I read the Irish Times which is on the counter while waiting for my coffee this morning.
My laptop battery has died and now I’m at the very back (I’ve made my own one-person-row) keeping an eye on the cable in case I seriously injure someone with it.
Some books Mr. O’Brien recommends: He’s listed lots of kinds of books, but no actual titles. “Education is all the time”. “Everybody needs to reinvent themselves every three or four years”.
Denis O’Brien just made a joke about not paying VAT in the olden days, he’s just made another joke about how he hopes this is not being recorded and the crowd laughs again.
The crowd laughs. My stomach turns again. And nobody has tripped over my laptop charger.
Now for some awesome start up pitches! Wooooo
This event is being recorded, so keep an eye on their facebook page for the details.