The Brian Kenny Podcast

Brian Kenny

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.

All Episodes

What are our principles in MiniCorp? How do those principles affect our product offering? How can we help people to pitch us easily? I've got a lot of work to do.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

Feb 2020

26 min 1 sec

After years of engineering and design, I've learned how important it is to stop. The business needs me to focus on operations and growth.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

Jan 2020

24 min 20 sec

Last week I've been on a business development trip into Dubai. I talk through some structural changes and learnings.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

Jan 2020

26 min 19 sec

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

Jan 2020

23 min 39 sec

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

Jan 2020

23 min 2 sec

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

Dec 2019

32 min 14 sec

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.

Mar 2019

25 min 2 sec

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.

Mar 2019

24 min 43 sec

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.

Mar 2019

24 min 53 sec

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

Feb 2019

27 min 42 sec

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/

Feb 2019

51 min 44 sec

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/

Feb 2019

21 min 15 sec

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/

Feb 2019

54 min 8 sec

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.

Jan 2019

27 min 13 sec

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/

Jan 2019

26 min 50 sec

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/

Jan 2019

1 hr 9 min

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/

Jan 2019

23 min 27 sec

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/

Jan 2019

34 min 18 sec

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)

Oct 2018

28 min 52 sec

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/

Sep 2018

45 min 38 sec

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/

Aug 2018

28 min 58 sec

Drop the microphone, I'm out

Jul 2018

2 min 37 sec

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.

Jun 2018

1 hr

In this episode, I sit down with Eoin Bara. Eoin most recently founded Mór Irish Gin. A handcrafted wild berry gin that is exported across 15 countries. Before Mór Irish Gin, Eoin founded a design agency named V7 in 2011 with offices in Switzerland, UK, and the Netherlands. V7’s client portfolio included Are Lingus, Vodafone, Intel and Goldman Sachs. Eoin is a seasoned entrepreneur and it’s an honor to him on the podcast. So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the show.

Jun 2018

41 min 21 sec

In this episode, I talk through product iterations and how I build, measure and react. I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking in depth about our client's needs are. Getting to understand what is helpful for them, their products and talking through what a product cycle looks like for both corporates and startups. During this podcast, I’m going to use a product example I’ve had around music in bars. Please feel free to build upon this idea if you think it could be of interest to you. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/clients-needs-and-product-cycles/

Jun 2018

20 min 14 sec

In this episode, I sit down with Adrian Slattery, the co-founder of DC Motor Company. Both Adrian and I chat about the importance of building strong relationships with clients and how playing the long game leads to building big businesses. This podcast is a medium where I talk about all areas of building a sustainable business. Adrian has built a strong business over eleven years and it’s an honor to have him on the show. Let’s jump into the show. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/adrian-slattery-building-relationships/

Jun 2018

58 min 22 sec

It’s time for the month in review. I talk through the challenges, failures, and successes that have hit me over the past month. What I’ve learned from them and the plan moving forward. I run through how the podcast is progressing, MiniCorp's international expansion and starting our monthly event in Dublin, Ireland. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/starting-an-event-and-expanding-internationally/

May 2018

23 min 25 sec

In this episode, I interview Colin Harmon, the founder of 3FE coffee. We talk about where it all began for Colin, how he discovered his passion and his journey to building 3FE Coffee and ensuring every customer has an exceptional experience at any of his shops. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/colin-harmon-finding-your-passion/

May 2018

55 min 45 sec

Dan Nudget is the co-founder of Ambr Eyewear. A company that creates beautifully crafted glasses that fight digital eye strain by blocking blue light. Dan has worked at agencies like CKSK in New York and In The Company of Huskies here in Dublin. He’s an exceptional digital marketer and we jump into many areas of product marketing including SEO, Google trends and influencers. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/dan-nugent-product-marketing-and-influencers/

May 2018

1 hr

Keeping track and managing inbound requests can be difficult. If they accumulate, it can often feel like quicksand. Here's how I deal with tasks, requests and make sure I'm still getting things done. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/organising-tasks-to-get-things-done-episode-39/

May 2018

26 min 52 sec

Time is my most precious resource that cannot be renewed. I’ve also become more aware of the dept or quality of the time I spent versus it just ticking on by. In this episode, I wanted to talk about where and what I'm spending my time on at the moment. What’s really important to me and why? Show notes: https://bkenny.com/organising-my-time-episode/

May 2018

23 min 5 sec

It’s a great honor to have our next guest, Pat Divilly, on the show. Pat is a best selling author, corporate speaker, world traveler and high-performance coach. He’s scaled some of the highest mountains, helped others to discover their crazies dreams and most importantly to me, helped others discover their passion. I often say you should surround yourself with great people in order to grow positively. Hanging out with Pat certainly ticked that box for me. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/pat-divilly-belief-and-belonging/

May 2018

49 min 42 sec

It’s time for my second month in review. This month has been focused on progress. I set some new goals last month both personally and commercially and it’s time to see how I performed. I’ve learned a lot and grown as a person by reducing office hours, being focused and tracking growth. It all adds to more happier Brian. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/running-ditching-alcohol-and-meditation/

May 2018

24 min 26 sec

I’ve created a short list of my top 5 most inspirational people. People I follow and consume their content to fire me up, get motivated and challenge myself. I often say you should play tennis with people who are better than you, well here are five people I draw from different areas of these people in order to get to a stronger self. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/my-mentors-and-why-episode-35/

Apr 2018

22 min 20 sec

Louise is the CEO and founder of Glissed.com. Glissed is platform connecting mobile beauty professionals and salon suite owners with customers while enabling them with the tools to manage and grow their business. Louise and I have known each other for a number of years, she has been a huge inspiration for me. I’m extremely humbled and proud to have her on the show to talk about her journey and plans for the future. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/louise-dunne-glissed/

Apr 2018

46 min 27 sec

When I thought about starting a product agency 3 years ago, I spent little to no time on branding. Branding plays a crucial role in the success of a business. In its recognition and conveyance of its message. MiniCorp’s branding hasn’t evolved in 3 years, until now. This is the story of how we are rebranding. Show notes:

Apr 2018

19 min 48 sec

At MiniCorp, we recently moved from our own private office into the new WeWork in Dublin. We rent a private office within WeWork but also have access to a whole range of amenities and the community. In this episode, I walk through the benefits of the building, the services and their effect on our business. How they have helped to speed up our growth and overall made us happier. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/moving-to-wework-episode-32/

Apr 2018

20 min 5 sec

Big elements of my life are a strong sense adventure and the achievement or progression towards my lifelong goals. What do I strive to achieve and why it means so much to me? How I see failure and how it’s an integral part of my journey towards the achievement of my goals. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/my-lifelong-adventure-episode-31/

Apr 2018

19 min 26 sec

Luke is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of Bamboo, a mobile app that allows you to order and pay in advance for great cafés and restaurants relieving the need to wait. Bamboo is only one year old and already accomplishing some pretty big milestones. It’s life in over 100 restaurants and cafe’s in two cities and monthly average order growth on their network of 25%. Luke has always had the itch to build businesses and an exceptional eye for creating products. In this interview we jump into discussions around starting businesses, raising capital and burning out. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/luke-mackey-the-entrepreneurial-journey/

Apr 2018

36 min 14 sec

It seems like a no-brainer, but there are huge upsides to really focusing on treating people right. In this episode, I focus on the benefits of paying people on time, how you operate as an employer and generally treating people as adults. It’s about doing the right thing. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/treating-people-right-episode-29/

Apr 2018

19 min 16 sec

I’m infatuated with products. Everything about them from how they are formed from ideas to how they are accelerated forward with venture capital. In this episode, I talk about the products and industries that I’ve become recently interested in. Where I see gaps and different ideas I’m thinking about rolling out. A product state of the union in my head. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/products-and-industries-im-watching-episode-28/

Apr 2018

20 min 24 sec

Clawing back time by making your processes as streamlined and efficient as possible is something we’re always looking to accomplish at MiniCorp. We want to focus on building great products and not on the monotonous tasks in business. In this episode, I talk through some of the best tools we’ve discovered and how they help us. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/tools-we-use-to-run-minicorp-episode-27/

Mar 2018

18 min 59 sec

Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time tracking and reflecting on my growth as a husband, father, and entrepreneur. I’ve learned that reducing office hours, being focused and tracking growth all adds to more happier Brian. In this episode, I run through what’s changed and the impact of these changes in my overall lifestyle. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/a-month-in-review-forming-new-habits-episode-26/

Mar 2018

20 min 30 sec

In my experience, the CEO has many different roles to play including articulating the vision, recruiting, letting others take ownership and many more. In this episode, I talk through my experiences and also the key difference between a founder and a CEO. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/what-does-the-ceo-do-episode-25/

Mar 2018

24 min 57 sec

Sometimes, signing new clients can seem like a dark art. I’ve always formed open and honest relationships with potential new clients which have really benefitted me over the years. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way. Hopefully, there are some nuggets of experience you can benefit from too. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/signing-new-clients-at-an-agency-episode-24/

Mar 2018

20 min 3 sec

In this episode, I talk about how I was a hardcore hustler and have now done a complete 180 to take time in my life to understand what is happening and make better-educated decisions on my future. Meditation, reading and operating at 80% has helped my business to grow, my relationships to prosper and better self. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/an-apology-to-the-hustlers-episode-23/

Mar 2018

23 min

I try to carry as few items as I can on a daily basis. I minimize clutter but also try to stay as productive as possible. Items like my iPhone, Supr Slim wallet, and others help me to stay on top of my game and keep as minimal as I can. In this episode, I talk through the items I carry and use on a daily basis. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/what-tools-do-i-use-daily-episode-22/

Mar 2018

14 min 8 sec

Making the decision to start a business can often be daunting and challenging. In this episode, I talk about my own experiences of starting a business. In part two, I talk about my experiences with managing cash flow, understanding your burn rate and what to look out for when searching for a really good marketer for your company. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/how-to-start-building-a-tech-business-pt2-episode-21/

Mar 2018

24 min 51 sec

When I started MiniCorp I spent about 7 minutes coming up with the name and 30 seconds finding a logo on Iconfinder. Three years later, we’ve gone through a lot of growing pains and I could not be more proud of the company. We’ve just started a rebrand and identity change, we’re moving offices to WeWork and deploying two new products to our clients. It’s 24/7 growth. Show notes: https://bkenny.com/dealing-with-my-growing-business-episode-20/

Feb 2018

22 min 17 sec

Making the decision to start a business can often be daunting and challenging. In this episode, I talk about my own experiences of starting a business. In part one, I talk about my experiences of getting your first customer, it’s challenges and how valuable ownership of a business is. Show notes — https://bkenny.com/how-to-start-building-a-tech-business-pt1-episode-19/

Feb 2018

27 min 20 sec