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By: Cork Opencoffee  05/12/2011
Keywords: Education System, Comprehensive Treatment, Launching Pad

This week Yanky Fachler, author of ‘Fire in the Belly’ will be giving a talk at Cork Open Coffee at 10am in the Rubicon Centre.

Yanky will have copies of his book with him for anyone to buy.

Fire in the Belly, An exploration of the entrepreneurial mindset

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK:

  • Fire in the belly is the fuel that drives you. With fire in your belly, you’re invincible
  • With so many people now considering self-employment, it’s critical to make the emotional transition from employee to self-employed.
  • Every entrepreneur has chutzpah – it’s in our DNA. Encourage your chutzpah genie to escape.
  • The goal of the education system is to produce employable people who will fill society’s jobs.
  • Families are incapable of giving “Recovering Employees” emotional support.
  • Feeling lonely can be the number one challenge.
  • To be your own boss, you must undergo deprogramming to ditch your employee mindset.
  • People say that unless you are prepared to work hard, you should not start a company. Wrong. Unless you already work hard, don’t even think of starting your own business.
  • Some employees should never be tempted to leave the employment world. Others should never have been employed in the first place. Asking whether entrepreneurship is for you is the wrong question. The real question is whether you are right for entrepreneurship.
  • You’re never too old or too young to start a business.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Essential reading. Ruari Glenn, amazon.co.uk
  • My business bible. Briain Smyth, Irish Independent
  • Fire in the Belly tells anyone still beholden to employers how to discover whether they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Sandra O’Connell, Sunday Times
  • A truly comprehensive treatment of the topic. I read things that no one mentioned in all the years I studied entrepreneurship. Feargal Byrne Lostjobstartbusiness.com
  • I have witnessed this book’s ability to change peoples’ lives. David Harrington, amazon.com
  • I learned more from your book than from 4 years in college. Trevor Gillespie
  • Reading your book gave me the confidence to start up my business with my eyes wide open. Everything you said was true. Cathie Clifford, Clifford Marketing & Associates
  • Sorry to phone you at midnight. I’ve just finished the book. Now I know that in the morning I will give in my notice.CR
  • The best book I have ever read on the neglected subject of entrepreneurial values. This will now be essential reading for all our business advisors. Gerry Moan
  • It’s ironic and absurd that the issues tackled in the book were never even touched on during my MBA studies. What planet are these business schools on?Gaby Posen

Retail price: €15.99 + p&p

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BUSINESS NETWORKS: €10 +  €1.50 p&p

10+ copies: €10 including p&p

This morning, Open Coffee took place in the Rubicon center from 10am til 12pm.

The topic of the morning was Cork Open Coffee itself, to see if any members would like to make any changes to how OCC has been working over the past 2 years or so.

There was some great feedback and I took plenty of notes while we all talked. Thank you everyone for all the feedback.

In general, it looks like people want things to stay much the same with just a little more notice about events, some time keeping when talks are going on and keep it tech-based.

Below are my notes in no particular order. I will be working on lining up speakers to demo products and services for the next several open coffees so please get in touch if you would like to give a talk, even if you have given a talk in the past.

  • Fortnightly is good, don’t change to once a month for meetings.
  • Needs a little more structure for talks, a moderator for talks being given to prevent topics going on and on
  • Every now and then, when doing the initial round-table introduction, give an individual in the audience a few minutes to explain a little more about their business, similar to BNI but not formal.
  • A person/business doing a presentation to show their product or service could pay for the coffee?
  • 10 – 15 minute presentations, 10- 15 minutes for discussion
  • Have Topics for meetings such as SEO, Sales. It doesn’t need a presentation to be made, just a topic for discussion with a person to start it off.
  • Have some more conventional talks such as Sales / Marketing with a tech slant
  • Leave behind the Open Coffee’s that take place in coffee shops in the city.
  • Try out other venues such as the National Software Centre / Web Works with a board room type environment like the Rubicon.
  • Possibly take in donations to pay for coffee & nibbles
  • Possibly a Linked-In group for discussions
  • If people are looking for someone at a meeting, perhaps have a minute when introducing oneself to say what they are looking for eg: A developer for a project, A designer for a logo
  • A page on the website to list profiles of regular members.
  • Perhaps recurring talks about relevant topics such as Sales/ Investment/Funding
  • Looking into funding to pay for Coffee & Nibbles?
  • Try to make resources available to OCC such as access to libraries.
  • Have events trough out the year, such as Summer BBQ/Christmas Party events to break up the year.
  • Invite in Kieran Moynihan (The new Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rubicon) to talk about his new role in CIT/The Rubicon.

A huge thank you to the hard working people of the Observatory, especially Clair McSweeney who took some time out to give us a 3 hour tour in around 30 minutes.

The castle is an excellent place, full of information and I imagine everyone attending that morning would highly recommend taking a tour.

View from Blackrock Castle Observatory

Clair will also give a tour of the castle at noon for anyone interested and would also like to highlight some of the great upcoming events in the castle including:

  • Tweet in to Blade Runner (Movies by Moonlight Film Club) Saturday the 29th
  • Space Camp 2010 (Summer Camp July and August)
  • The Castle Bar and Trattoria Summer Bar-B-Qs

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Cork Open Coffee E28093 After Dark

Also taking place this coming Friday is Cork Open Coffee E28093 After Dark. This is an evening version of the Open Coffee for those who cant make it in the mornings.

Bizcamp

This is an excellent opportunity for brand new business ideas. A new programme called ‘Discovery Zone’ has been set up in the Rubicon Centre, the host of many Cork Open Coffees.

If you are among the many that aspire to starting your own business but don’t know where to start, then the Discovery Zone could be just the launching pad you need.  The programme has been specifically developed to assist experienced professionals, who for a variety of reasons find themselves at a crossroads in their career.

You may be a middle to senior manager who has a wealth of experience running a business for someone else, but would now like the chance to run your own business! You may not possess a business idea, but have the experience and motivation to successfully establish and run a new business, with some training and guidance.  The programme will encourage new idea generation and will also explore commercial opportunities, through partnership with other entrepreneurs or academic institutions.

Run as a full-time twelve week programme in the Rubicon Centre, located on campus within CIT, the Discovery Zone will harness the ability of participants as they immerse themselves in the programme. A number of key topics will be discussed, including idea generation, viability testing and the various routes to commercialisation. Practical guidance will be on hand from individuals on how they successfully changed from manager to entrepreneur.

Not only will they examine in depth the potential of their own idea, but upon completion, participants will also acquire an understanding of what will be required should they wish to convert their idea into a viable business.  Alternatively, if their preference is partnership, they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to develop successful partnership arrangements.

A dedicated Programme Manager will act as a resource for the participants. Additionally they will have access to the expertise of Rubicon staff, CIT Researchers and the CIT Technology Transfer Office. As the Discovery Zone is part funded by Enterprise Ireland, each project will be allocated the services of an Enterprise Ireland Mentor who will provide specific guidance to all projects.

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The open rate is down a little this time. This is to be expected I imagine because at 8pm in the evening most people are at home and away from their computer.

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Hi Occers,

Talk to you all on Friday,

Conor, Ciara & Gordon

Cork Open Coffee Organisers.

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This weeks Cork OpenCoffee is in the Rubicon Centre, CIT Campus Bishopstown on Friday 11th from 10am – 12pm.This the last Cork Open Coffee of 2009.

Hope to see you all there tomorrow and feel free to bring any friends or other interested parties, ALL WELCOME.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Comprehensive Treatment, Education System, Launching Pad

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