Douglas, Cork City.
Founder of Sunny Numbers, an Irish edtech startup. We develop mobile games to help you to learn statistics and maths.
My business is still in the pre-revenue stage.
I have recently graduated with first class honours in Applied Psychology in UCC. Previously, I graduated in Philosophy.
I enjoy reading academic books and watching space documentaries. I also love listening to podcasts, especially the ones about entrepreneurship and the startup world.
Fulfilling, intense, exciting, energising, creative.
Resilient, resourceful, disciplined, honest, ambitious.
My work as a startup founder requires patience, focus and flexibility. It is also important to know how to create and nurture great relationships with people.
I founded my business during the first lockdown in July 2020.
I applied for a student entrepreneurship programme during my final year in college at UCC. Once I graduated, I was already hooked in entrepreneurship and decided to create my own job.
Before moving to Ireland, I worked as a philosophy teacher in Brazil, where I'm originally from.
You don't necessarily need a degree to become an entrepreneur. There are plenty of self-made entrepreneurs in the world. However, it is important to stay updated with your industry and surround yourself with mentors to support you along the journey.
The first thing I do before work is to make a nice cup of black coffee (I blame my Brazilian heritage!). After that, I normally work from 8am until 6pm. My days are currently filled with online meetings with my team members and working on product development. I also take time to attend webinars and connect with other founders.
I don't count. I work as many hours as I need to get things done.
My wardrobe is quite casual. Jeans, t-shirts, trainers and a headband.
It can be. Especially when you are starting a company as a sole founder, things may get overwhelming from time to time. However, this is part of the thrill and we learn very quickly how to delegate and ask for help. If I had to rate the stress levels, I would say my job is an 8.
I am currently working from home but I have a small remote team helping with different aspects of the business.
I don't think I will. I am pretty sure I will always find something to do.
Creating products that will make a genuine impact in people's lives. Sharing the joys and trials of entrepreneurship with my team and advisors.
Occasionally neglecting enough physical activity. I am particularly struggling now during lockdown.
Fall in love with a problem and do whatever you can to find a solution. Entrepreneurship is not about a glamorous lifestyle and how much money you make. It is about serving others. It is about using your brain and energy to find solutions that will leave a positive impact in the world.
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