Newstalk and Twitter

Earlier today George Hook went to Twitter to help source an item for the show regarding the use of Twitter in Primary Schools. As always the good folk on Twitter came to the rescue. As a result Evert Bopp and Josie Fraser are due on the show at 5.45pm. Of course then I heard George mention about the show being streamed and one thing led to another, so I have embeded the video stream into my blog (hopefully). Leave a comment about the show or whatever else you like and I’ll try to moderate them as soon as I can, if I can. It’ll be like my live blogging video streaming twittering experiment.

Update – Ok maybe I should have figured out how to embed the video beforehand. But I have learned a few things from my efforts.

– You can broadcast video for free online via Ustream.tv

– You can do live video using your phone with the mobile application

– I need to learn a few more things about wordpress

MyMunster.com Tuesday Push

It being a second Tuesday it’s time for a push. A big push. Not as big a push as my wife’s one on Saturday morning last as our youngest son was born. But that’s a post for another day. There is a connection though, so bear with me. He was born in St. Munchin’s Maternity Hospital just a very brief walk from Thomond Park, Limerick.

Munster Rugby Supporters are famous throughout the rugby world for being the best supporters in the world, the 16th man which has helped the team to victory on several occasions. What better way for those proud supporters to keep in touch between games or to discuss events Munster related, than online. MyMunster.com provides the platform to do just that. It is a social network for fans of Munster Rugby, registering is easy and there are great chances to win tickets to different games. The MyMunster Blog keeps you up to date on all the latest news.

The atmosphere at Thomond Park is always fantastic and even on non match days the mind of any Munster supporter is apt to wander at the mere sight of the stadium. It was in such a position I found myself last Saturday morning in the delivery ward of the maternity hospital.

Being in such close proximity to the spiritual home of Irish Rugby, of course I wondered if my youngest born would ever grace that hallowed ground in full battle attire to oppose the attack of the mighty All Blacks.

My wife screamed again and tightly squeezed my hand.

She was grand again for a while. What if my two sons played together on the same team? Knocking seven shades of shite out of anyone that stood between them and victory.

Another roar brought me out of my daydream. “You’re doing great love, do you want some water?”

What a proud father I would be watching the fruit of my loins play for The Lions, stand shoulder to shoulder to represent their country or even better still to play for Munster!

I realised the circulation into my fingers was cut off. More roars and gasping and panting and squeezing the bejaysus out of my hand.

What number would he wear? Would he be a back or a forward?

AAAAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh! She said, very very loudly, or something like that.

What if it’s a girl? Sure wouldn’t it be great if she married a Munster player. We’d have a guard of honour with all the players and tickets to every match.

More screams and sucking on the gas and air.

It was probably at this point that I snapped out of my daydreaming and realised I had a job to do.

I immediately rang my mate to see if he had got the tickets for the Munster v Leinster clash in April.

Entrepreneurs deserve to be laughed at

I was watching Dragons Den on RTE last night while following the Tweets about the show and the entrepreneurs who bravely faced the dragons. It struck me later that they deserve to be laughed at.

I don’t mean that they should be laughed at or their ideas ridiculed in a malicious kind of way. But as most entrepreneurs will know, the entrepreneurial road is not an easy one. Indeed for the most part it is more a mountain track than a road, particularly at the beginning.

You will stumble, you will fall, people will laugh. But the important thing here is that you get up again, dust yourself off and keep going. If, however, you do fall and hurt yourself on that mountain track, the ones who laughed will most likely be the ones to rush to your assistance.

If you can’t handle the laughter at your expense how the hell will you be able to handle all the other shit thrown at you on your entrereneurial journey? If you are afraid to take the first step in putting your business idea out there for fear of ridicule and humiliation then stay at home!

The biggest employer in my home town sells water (Yes that’s right, the water you buy, we flush our toilets with). I can just imagine the comments and ‘watery’ puns in the Dragon’s Den had they sought investment years ago.

“I’m not going to pour money into this business to watch it flow away, I’m out”

“It rains in Ireland for 360 days of the year, nobody’s going to buy bottled water, I like you, but you’re a little too wet behind the ears for my liking, I’m out”

“This idea will never float, my money would evaporate, I’m out”

etc etc.

I have no doubt that the idea of selling water to the citizens of a rain sodden country was laughed at and ridiculed. But at the same time everyone hoped that it would work. And it did.

As an entrepreneur, being laughed at is an impetus to prove your detractors wrong and adds that extra incentive to make a go of things in order to have the last laugh yourself.

Bear in mind too that the Dragons or other entrepreneurs don’t always know everything and are more than capable of not seeing the opportunity in something. Remember the oft quoted Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

That crazy whacky idea today could be the cats eyes of tomorrow or could form the springboard into another opportunity. At the very least you will learn something from your endeavours, that you can use time and time again.

So this week go off and find an entrepreneur, laugh at them and then offer to help in any way you can.