This Week

The collapse in global share prices continued this week. Everyone is now feeling the impact of falling stock markets, from Roman Ambramovich to Ryanair’s Michael O’ Leary. The ISEQ index is now at an 11 year low.

This week we started looking at Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. While Richard Branson is an example of a classic entrepreneur, there are other such as EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. His easyGroup now has a range of businesses from an airline to van rental.

We also looked at intrapreneurs. As well as the examples we discussed already, here are a few more.

A good example of a successful global online Irish enterprise was PollDaddy.com whose polls we have used on this blog before. Today, Polldaddy.com was taken over by US company Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and WordPress.org

PollDaddy.com had built up 350,000 customers in a short space of time and with no sales effort. 96% of its customers used its free online poll service. The business was also self-funded. Full report here.

Take the test to see if you are an entrepreneur.

And finally:

Another celebrity involved in a breach of contract

The Irish Times now has a business blog. You should add it to your favourites or RSS feed. What is RSS?

Interested in a career in Stockbroking?

Don’t forget that all the websites we use in class and on the blog are on my del.icio.us page.

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3 Responses to “This Week”


  1. 1 Joe October 16, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I would be interesting to know how much polldaddy the sligo based design was bought for.
    Coming from a country which is in recession, the ex irish company might be happy out

  2. 2 shanereilly October 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    That entrepreneur test is pretty cool, here’s my result…

    80%

    You can be a daydreamer and you are sometimes thought of as a little eccentric by your friends due to your idiosyncratic ways, but you are opportunistic and creative and have a great eye for a deal.

    You may sometimes appear disorganised, but this is because you shoot from the hip, you don’t like planning unnecessarily, but see the value of doing so. You are decisive, tenacious and possibly a little arrogant. You can annoy people but you don’t care and on the whole people like what you have to say. You’re an ideal entrepreneur. With this amount of entrepreneurial spirit you should be talking to Bank of Scotland Corporate.

  3. 3 Donal G October 17, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    that intrepreneuer test i wouldnt think is very accurate

    my result 78%


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