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Rado Durina

I think the most important thing, once you have decided to commit to achieving something, is to believe that you can do it. For me that’s always been the most important thing; I’ve never considered the alternative. That doesn’t mean that I always expect things to turn out perfectly, but I’ve never, ever doubted I could, in the end, achieve my goal.
Ciara O'Toole
Amelia
by Rado Durina  -23rd Mar '15
Bonin heads up Innovative Global Media Investments at Mondeléz International (Kraft, Oreo, Nabisco, Trident Gum) across all forms of media including digital, TV, print and outdoors. Bonin and Mondeléz are positioning themselves to not just know about the market but to be known as the brand that gets Wearables.
"You hear a lot of 'gurus' hyping up the opportunity, encouraging people to create online startups and they will focus on developing a service or store, but having the idea and implementing it is the easy part. It’s getting visibility which is the most difficult!"
Dave Chaffey
Smart Insights
"My brother and I co-founded our startup, TeenagerEntrepreneur.com. This startup is designed to empower teens with the knowledge they need to be successful with their passions. My brother and I show teens how to identify those passions, turn those passions into products, promote those products, and propel themselves to future success."
Marc Guberti
Teenager Entrepreneur
"A synopsis of the Wearable Ecosystem and how it has changed over the past year. Hear the latest market projections, funding allocations, and acquisitions. Discover the major trends for the industry to better understand the future of this rapidly developing market."
by Rado Durina  -17th Nov '14
These investors knew not to “miss mobile” and many of them have made the transition to be early adopters on the venture side. Hear their thoughts and opinions on how the EU investment model shakes out in the next few years. Will the EU fall flat or will they see more Tapulous and Angry Birds on the horizon?
"One of the silent issues that will be thrust upon the Wearable World is the cost and depth of data needs. This is the one thing that could literally strangle the ecosystem. Akamai is the backbone of the Web. Will they be able to step up to the challenge? John Dillon, head of EMEA marketing will help us understand the impending data apocalypse..."
"Eight minutes… That’s what it took for Wearable World company Skully Helmets to hit their target goal of $250,000. They would go on to be the top technology and top Wearable product of all time for Indiegogo raising over $2 million. Focus, determination, heartache, and luck turned their 2 hard years into an “overnight” success."
Redg Snodgrass (@WearableWorld) reviews business opportunities in wearable tech and highlights the biggest pain points restricting widespread adoption. Redg is joined by Milo Yiannopoulos, Columnist at Business Insider, to answer tough questions about the space and whether wearables are meeting the expectations of consumers or falling short.
"Breaking barriers into new markets and kicking ass is the only way Myriam, Pebble’s Chief Evangelist, goes about daily life. . She’ll be sharing insights on Pebble's early triumphs, mistakes, and what the future holds for the company that pushed Wearables into reality, and turned crowdfunding into the norm for Pebble's community."
"Known as the Evangelist for Mozilla, Christian has been pushing the confines of the web for over 20 years. As computers become less about screens and more about things, we can’t wait to get Mozilla’s take on how HTML5 will translate into being about open human beings. Will this tech giant enter the Wearable World or focus on the old mobile one?"
"Redg Snodgrass, founder and CEO of Wearable World – San Francisco based wearable tech accelerator programme, shares his vision on wearable industry and its relevance to technology startups. Redg also discusses wearable tech ecosystem; shares his tips and outlines emerging opportunities for startups."
"InspiredStartups.com brings you exclusive video coverage of GLAZED Conference organised by @WearableWorld. #GLAZEDCon will bring you up to speed on latest trends and opportunities in wearable tech shared by most brilliant minds in the industry. Learn how to create amazing wearables and get the inside track on funding and scaling a hardware startup!"
"What I appreciate is being able to come up with a niche unique use case that makes people's lives better - if you can figure out that one little niche use case and you can build your empire around that niche use case. Don't worry about monetisation, because people will pay if it can enhance their lives and the market will find itself..."
Redg Snodgrass
Wearable World
InspiredStartups.com gives you the chance to catch up on the latest trends and startup opportunities around the Internet of Things and wearable technology, presented by industry leaders: Redg Snodgrass at Wearable World, Noel Murphy at Intel and David Doherty at 3G Doctor, during the most recent Wearable Wednesday Ireland.
"We have seen it too many times: you have a great startup idea, but you don't have the right skills, the right team and the right support to bring your idea to life. Ireland's Hardware Hackathon proves the notion false. The Hackathon attracted more than 100 entrepreneurs, developers & tech enthusiasts from across Ireland. Watch them in action now!"
"My main recommendation, especially for people working in large tech companies, is to spend a significant amount of time assessing the opportunity, gathering feedback, challenging the idea, building relationships, understanding the startup world and even raising money before leaving their jobs."
Gaston Irigoyen
Guidecentral
by Rado Durina  -19th Aug '14
"InspiredStartups.com have recently participated in Startup Weekend, a weekend-long entrepreneurial workshop where aspiring entrepreneurs, designers and developers get together, pitch ideas, form teams and build startups in the space of 54 hours. After this incredible Startup Weekend workshop which took place in Google in Dublin, we decided..."
"There are no recipes for finding the right balance in terms of scale. It seems that everything is a combination of heuristics, secrets and I suppose figuring it out at the last minute. It's the phone call at four in the morning or the little tweet notification or that something has gone down and that terrifies every CTO out there."
Kevin O'Shaughnessy
CityHook
"Having a definable USP is important too and the customer will ask: Why should I buy or change my buying habits for your new product? So you have to have a compelling argument. Finally be careful not to over promise and under deliver. You only have one reputation in this world and it takes years to build but seconds to destroy."
Derek Reilly
BNI
"One key barrier is that people fall in love with solutions rather than problems and they fixate too early on one idea. You can take your time to experiment with different ideas and aspects of an idea. As an entrepreneur your success is that of the people that make up your company solving problems for customers not that you had the right idea."
Stew McTavish
IdeaSpace
"Listen to investors, take feedback very seriously. They often have seen maybe people do exactly what your are trying to achieve and fail. So with that information they can save you a lot of time and money. That’s not to say they are always right, but you better have a good reason to say why they are wrong in your case or that you're different."
Andrew Mullaney
NewsWhip
"I always class myself as a Tech Founder. I think the hardest part for a tech-founder is to go out and reach out to customers. The first sale is always the toughest. You are trying to be credible, trustworthy and make sure there is something in for both parties. If you are giving something for free you are off for a bad start..."
Jason Roe
Predict
"Be nice - there have been many times that I could have charged some extortionate “rush fees” like agencies would for last minute work, but I haven’t because I know that if I scalp someone today they aren’t going to like me all that much going forward, and I’d wager that they won’t go around recommending me."
Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh
Clearpreso
"Questions you should ask as part of your STARTUP LAUNCH CHECKLIST: 1. Have you got product market fit? 2. Can you prove your business model? 3. Do you have a customer base willing and capable of paying? 4. Is your business scalable? 5. Is your market big enough? 5. And lastly, have you got the right people behind you – at home and at work?"
Caelen King
WhatClinic
"There is an awful lot going on in the Irish startup scene. The best place is to look on Meetup.com. There are events like eCommerce Ireland, Techpreneurs, Refresh Dublin. I would also recommend the hackathons. Startup Weeked is on June - great way to meet new people and start building teams. People should also subscribe to Dublin Startup Digest."
John Muldoon
Entrepreneur Anonymous
"There is no secret behind the success of any company. When you offer a service many want, you'll be successful. The trick is to find your niche, and that's where 90% of startups fall down. If you are having trouble getting traction, it's probably nothing to do with your tech, marketing or business plan. You need to look at your product..."
Aaron Craig
Temptster
"I’m absolutely delighted with our team. The level of talent I’ve somehow managed to gather around this concept is really humbling, and that buoys me every day. The enthusiasm that they feel only amplifies my own, and it makes the long hours and working weekends seem irrelevant. Every success that we achieve is simply a testament to them."
Sean Ahern
ThankFrank
"The more ideas we generate, the more likely we are to generate really unique, important ones, so developing skills to create ideas and test them is important. For me it was hard to come up with new ideas after working for so long on my previous startup, so I came up with a method to train my brain to generate ideas - you can read it in my blog..."
Ellen Dudley
Peoplehunt
"My main failures were related to being involved in business for money not passion. Of course you can be passionate about the wrong type of business also but if you are passionate about a business that has potential then it's very easy to put in long hours. The property business I was involved in was just to make money but that wasn't enough."
Ian Cleary
RazorSocial
"Short answer for growth hacking: Use exit surveys on your website or web app. Why did people leave and what was frustrating for them. Long answer: growing a business is a long term endeavour. You need to bake the growth of the product into everything: Engineering, Finance not just Marketing and Sales."
Des Martin
3Funnel
"My biggest pet peeve is when young entrepreneurs are scared to tell you their idea because they think someone will steal it. This is absurd for many reasons, but mostly because they never get feedback on their idea. When you have an idea, tell everyone. You’ll get feedback, and you may even find your first customer."
Kelsey Meyer
InfluenceandCo
"Another thing I have learned is that you should never worry when others say no to your startup idea. But if you sincerely believe in what you're doing, and the impact it could have; if you can live in the future before your friends get there, then you're probably destined for something pretty cool."
Kareem Mostafa
TRIBEfoodie
"My biggest challenge when starting up Quiip: I had a 3-week-old baby! So I managed to ‘launch a baby’ and ‘birth a business’ at the same time. Our first project ran 24-7 for six weeks, so being awake in the night due to my baby, came in handy. However like so many successful working mothers, I had an incredibly supportive partner."
Alison Michalk
Quiip
"Find a sale quickly. Too many entrepreneurs never get to market because they are constantly trying to “perfect the product”. If you can sell what you have, then you know that there is a demand. If you cannot sell it, find someone who can. If they can’t sell it, then get out quick. If you are going to fail, then fail fast."
Anthony Quigley
Digital Marketing Institute
"On the way up the skydive instructor told me there was a possibility we might go up to heaven instead of landing on the ground. He asked me if I would have any regrets if we didn’t make it and the one that sprung to mind was the regret of not starting up my own business. So I came back from holidays with the intention of handing in my notice."
Joanne Casey
GlowMetrics
"Passion and hard-work! Any business needs these two key ingredients. Team is important, good idea helps, long hours is inevitable but if you are not passionate about what you are doing or unwilling to put in the handwork needed to make it work, it is unlikely it will go far."
Kritika Ashok
ArtNouv