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Ron helps build businesses. He has worked all over Europe and the USA with a variety of clients. He is the author of many entrepreneurship and strategy focused books. He is a regular contributor on Newstalk radio, a regular public speaker on innovation, strategy, future trends and entrepreneurship and his articles are featured in the media in Ireland and the UK.
He is founder of BookBuzz, StrategyCrowd and Small Business Can. He is the entrepreneur-in-residence for Sustainable Nation, and the Irish lead for the Climate-KIC Climatelaunchpad, the largest green business idea competition in the world.
"I had the joy of working with Ron while he was involved with Invent, the innovation centre in Dublin City University. If you want someone who is going to help you and your business achieve great things, then Ron is your man. He has the capacity and ability to wade through the mud to help you find those diamonds that will help you transform your business ..."
M.A. FMII Grad.
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Sales and Marketing Manager at Costa Systems
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"Ron is a visionary. He is a truly insightful guy. At JPR, we have worked closely with Ron on a range of projects for Small Business Can, including media partnerships with the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Business Post, and on the Start-Up Live and Business Live events series. Ron's articles and columns for the media partners always find ..."
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From the Blog
This is an old one! This is part of a talk I did at the The Long Debate, Inventorium (part of the Dublin Innovation Festival).
We talked a lot about the current state of things in Ireland (This was 2010 so things were not as positive as you can imagine!)
Me at 9:17:
I was asked to write an article for “Doing business in Kinsale”, an 80-page book highlighting why this famous town has built a well-deserved reputation as a great place to live and work. You can download it here.
Urbanisation is dead
You can replace Kinsale with a few other nice places to live. I do think a counter-reaction to urbanisation is coming. What do you think?
“Real artist don’t starve” suggest that location is a key determinant of your success. If you follow the literature on innovation, proximity = serendipity and the denser the location the more innovation will happen. Which why cities are regarded as serendipity machines and the future hotbeds of innovation.
I have been in the entrepreneurship and the start-up game for a long time. Curriculum development, evaluations, books, training, workshops and I started a few companies myself.
THE success factor
When I deliver workshops, I always try to explain, what I think is THE success factors for early success. Networks. Apart from very hard work (read “Perennial selling“), it is about deep domain expertise and networks. They go hand in hand. If you have been a plumber all your life, what is the most obvious business you should start? Plumbing indeed.
I also have been slightly dismayed by the pitch fever, celebration of the exceptions to the rule (we are not all Mark Zuckerberg) and the ignoring …
In my first day as a junior advisor, I was told to interview a CEO whose business had just failed. He lost everything. He lost his wife, all his money, his business and his house. All he was left with was a chair and a mattress (Dutch law).
It made a huge impression. Since then I have failed myself a few times, and I know the pain involved. I have worked with hundreds of companies. I have seen many management teams struggle with keeping their companies alive.
I am also a serious book nerd. Always have been since I learned how to read. I love books. I got a lot out of them. Books like “Lord of the rings”, “Thriving …
You should add “No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends” to the list. What makes this book different is rather than focus on only technology or climate, it is focussing on demographics, trade flows, emerging markets and more specifically emerging cities. With hard statistics as the basis of the book.
The key points
Focus on emerging economies
Emerging economies are growing 75% more rapidly than developed counties, and by 2025, the economic centre of gravity …