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Since an early age, I’ve always had an extreme passion for creating products. Now, I run a product agency called MiniCorp where we build profitable products & businesses from concepts & ideas. I’m also an advisor to some pretty great companies.

I love speaking about all things product and encouraging young entrepreneurs to take their leap. I love creating content on my journey. It offers transparency and helps me to see how I've progressed closer to my goals. It also to help inspire other creative entrepreneurs to do.
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Launching Striive

Launching Striive

2020-01-1300:23:39

We recently publically launched a simple marketing site for our running app, Striive. I walk through how it all went and the back story behind Striive. It's exciting!Striive - https://www.striiveapp.com/What's this all about?This podcast is nothing more than a documentation of an Irish man on a journey building businesses and balancing life with his beautiful family. Although I would often say to "keep moving" and to do everything you can to achieve your dreams, I also believe that we shouldn't take life too seriously.Find me on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/Shoot me an email: brian@minicorphq.com
Working Through Influence

Working Through Influence

2020-01-0600:23:02

In this absolute bananas episode, I try to talk about how people who are close to me have a major impact on my goals and decision making. I actually manage to think through a problem I face often and come up with a way to deal with it. Go me.What's this all about?This podcast is nothing more than a documentation of an Irish man on a journey building businesses and balancing life with his beautiful family. Although I would often say to "keep moving" and to do everything you can to achieve your dreams, I also believe that we shouldn't take life too seriously.Find me on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/Shoot me an email: brian@minicorphq.com
I'm back! A gentle recap.

I'm back! A gentle recap.

2019-12-3100:32:15

After 8 months of action, I think it's about time that I recorded a new episode. This is a general recap of what's been going down over the past few months and a taster of what's to come. 🚀What's this all about?This podcast is nothing more than a documentation of an Irish man on a journey building businesses and balancing life with his beautiful family. Although I would often say to "keep moving" and to do everything you can to achieve your dreams, I also believe that we shouldn't take life too seriously.Find me on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/Shoot me an email: brian@minicorphq.com
A quick update on what my attention is currently focused on as I prepare for my first marathon, get prepared for a business development trip to New York and learn about the story of Jack Ma and Alibaba.
Owning a product agency can seem like a perfect conduit to launch my own ideas but it can often end in frustrations. In this episode, I jump into why I'm struggling to find the right allocation of time within MiniCorp to launch my own concepts and ideas. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content.
Competing against myself

Competing against myself

2019-03-1300:24:54

Over the past year, I've become stronger, happier and healthier and I owe a lot to focusing on competing against myself rather than against others. Through this episode, I break down my physical, mental and business development that I've achieved by focusing my attention inward rather than measuring against what others have accomplished. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content.
Running a Company Remotely

Running a Company Remotely

2019-02-2700:27:43

During a recent business development trip to New York, I stumbled across lots of challenges on how to manage my time and be effective with my team in Dublin. In this episode, I break down the main stumbling blocks and some easy solutions I've already identified to keep them in check! Show links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/ MiniCorp: https://www.minicorp.agency
Robbie Skuse

Robbie Skuse

2019-02-2200:51:44

This week I had the honor to sit down with Robbie Skuse. He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Kollect, the first real pay-as-you-go waste collection solution. Since I’ve known Robbie, he’s always provided huge inspiration and motivation to my journey. He’s always on the hunt for improvement and devours more books than any other human I know. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Links Robbie’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/robbieskuse/ Robbie’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/robbieskuse/ Kollect - https://kollect.ie/ BigBin - https://bigbin.ie/
I’ve started the process of growing MiniCorp outside of Europe and into New York. In this episode, I break down my strategy on how I’m approaching the growth by building a solid plan to execute on. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Show links: MiniCorp: https://minicorp.agency/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/
Brian Caulfield

Brian Caulfield

2019-02-0600:54:09

In this weeks episode I sat down with the serial technology entrepreneur turned venture capital investor, Brian Caufield. Brian has started, sold and invested into a huge number of businesses over the years and is a venture partner at the renowned Draper Esprit. He currently describes himself as a VC investor on a sabbatical and I was fortunate enough to sit down with Brian and pick his brain on entrepreneurship, his journey and what it was like to raise venture capital when it didn’t exist in Ireland! Links Brian's Twitter - https://twitter.com/briancvc Brian's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/briancvc Draper Esprit - https://draperesprit.com/
What should you charge?

What should you charge?

2019-01-3000:27:13

It can be extremely challenging to understand what you or things are worth and what should be charged. I’ve been researching some of the mechanics and thinking that goes into pricing, purchasing and how people develop their price and run through these in this episode. From people to investments and fixed assets to talent agents, this one is a good one! I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content.
Mental Health in Business

Mental Health in Business

2019-01-2300:26:51

I believe in a world where you can build anything from nothing. It’s an amazing, beautiful and unrestricted world that the vast majority of people don’t see, but I do. I love the limitless potential of it but it comes with a dark side that it’s time to talk about. In this episode, I talk through one of the darkest moments I’ve lived through and how it’s vitally important to set up your business in a practical and healthy way that allows you to grow and fall back on others. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Show links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/
My Startup Grind Interview

My Startup Grind Interview

2019-01-1601:10:00

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to come at speak at Startup Grind in Dublin at Google’s EMEA headquarters. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Aishlinn Mahon, the general manager at Huckletree, ran through an interview style format where I got to speak about my entrepreneurship adventure to date. The ups and the downs and everything in between. I thought it would serve as some great content for the podcast listeners and the people at Startup Grind agreed to let me push this out there, thank you! I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Show links: Startup Grind: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-dublin-presents-brian-kenny-minicorp/#/ Aislinn Mahon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aislinnmahon Huckletree: https://www.huckletree.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/
Being present

Being present

2019-01-0900:23:27

I’m only a week into 2019 but have already felt a huge impact from taking the time to understand and set goals for myself. SMART goals. Breaking down my goals into small, medium and long-term tasks has allowed me to see small tasks accumulate into bigger, strategic achievements. In this episode, I walk through how I’ve introduced strong goal setting into my daily life and what the effect has been so far in 2019. As always, I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Show links: Hurdle podcast: http://www.eabbate.com/hurdle-podcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkenny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkenny/
What did 2018 bring for me?

What did 2018 bring for me?

2019-01-0200:34:18

In order to make the best decisions for the future, I often review my past. It’s never a great idea to dwell on it but it can be really productive to take some time and understand what’s happened and why. To use this reflection to help make great decisions, stay focused and keep challenging myself. In 2018, I ran 1,300 kilometers, read some really interesting books and my eldest daughter, Lilly, started school. I spoke at lots of events, mentored some amazing young companies and grew MiniCorp further. I feel proud and humbled to be where I am but it’s not without my fair share of hitting brick walls head on. I hope you enjoy the episode and please let me know your thoughts on it. The feedback is invaluable to me and helps me create even better content. Show links: Red Notice: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00O30HFT2/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o04_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 My Startup Grind talk: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-dublin-presents-brian-kenny-minicorp/ WeWork Dublin: https://www.wework.com/l/dublin WorkGroup: http://workgroup.studio/
In this episode of the Building a Product series, I talk about the person behind the idea. Why it is so important to understand yourself, how to motivate yourself and what impact your body and mind have on the outcome of the product or business. Episode Links My Instagram, Twitter & LinkedIn (Say hi)
Sean Judge is the entrepreneur in residence at Accenture where he helps facilitate the connection between young startups and Accenture. He also is a director at Upstarter, Ireland's only startup and technology-focused recruitment event where they bring startups, technology companies and job seekers together. Sean and I have previously worked together on a product and he is someone that is highly regarded in the startup scene. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/sean-judge-recruitment-building-teams-and-startups/
July made me cry!

July made me cry!

2018-08-0100:28:59

After a relaxing break with the family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧, we’re back to regularly scheduled podcasts 🎧! July has been a pretty extreme month between launching our event, our new branding and pushing into a big business development drive. It’s been a lot of fun to have such a productive and fruit baring month but it’s also had a tole on me emotionally. In this episode, I jump into what’s been going down and plans for the future. It’s epic to be back ✌️ Episode links: https://bkenny.com/july-made-me-cry/
Drop the microphone, I'm out
In this episode, I sit down with Donal Cahalane. DC most recently founded Republic of Work. A co-working office in Cork, Ireland where you can get your most productive, innovative and forward-thinking work done. It’s home to a wide range of businesses from the startups to multinationals. Previous to Republic of Work, DC has held roles like the VP of Growth & Marketing at Teamwork and the CMO of Trustev which was sold for $44 million. DC is ingrained in the startup community, he runs events, connects the right people and is just an all-around genius when it comes to product.
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