The ThinkBusiness Podcast 4: Irish digital entrepreneurs

The 4th edition of The ThinkBusiness Podcast features Buymie’s Devan Hughes, Beyonder’s John Collins, ParkOffice’s Garret Flower, Tom Cotter from RashR and Miriam O’Connor from Lean On Me.

In recent months ThinkBusiness launched a new way of sharing business stories and know-how through podcasting with the first, second and third editions of The ThinkBusiness Podcast featuring a wonderful mix of entrepreneurs and business leaders shaping the future.

The ThinkBusiness Podcast will each month feature a number of in-depth interviews with business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, bringing to life real stories and real insights in audio form.

Our podcast series is available here on ThinkBusiness every month but also on our channels and via mobile apps on Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher and Apple.

As always, a special shout-out to the talent Robert Kelly from Stereosonic for his professionalism, patience and advice while putting these together.

Interview with Buymie’s Devan Hughes


John Kennedy talks to Devan Hughes, the serial entrepreneur who never gave up. After four failed start-ups Devan Hughes created Buymie which became one of the moments of light in the Covid-19 saga as it raised €2.2m and is creating 200 new jobs to facilitate online grocery shopping in Ireland and the UK.

John Collins, the man who saw two exits in two weeks


John Kennedy talks with John Collins, one of the key investors in Ireland’s indigenous tech scene who in May experienced two exits of two companies he advised – Singlepoint and – in just two weeks. He talks about his own entrepreneurial career and his own successful exits and why he believes in backing Irish start-ups.

How Lean on Me is becoming a national movement


As the Covid-19 crisis hit businesses all over the country a group of local professionals in Limerick felt they had to do something to protect the independent businesses they loved. Lean on Me, which allows the public to buy vouchers to boost the cashflow of local firms whose doors are closed but whose costs are mounting. John Kennedy talks to local Limerick solicitor Miriam O’Connor about the initiative and how it is gradually going nationwide having spilt over into Clare and Galway.

Interview with Garret Flower, ParkOffice


As communities across the world begin to transition out of lockdown, Irish software company has adapted its software to ensure employers mitigate risks for employees who are commuting to offices. Its founder Garret Flower is a serial entrepreneur who has already established companies like Krust Bakery and ParkPNP. He tells John Kennedy all about his latest venture and his thoughts on entrepreneurship in Ireland.

How RashR took recycled bottles from the ocean and made the perfect Covid-19 pivot


Many businesses have had to pivot to stay alive. One business that has not only pivoted but that is also helping the environment is Cork-based RashR, headed by Tom Cotter, which went from making sportswear to essential face masks from plastic bottles that litter the world’s oceans.

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 11 June, 2020