Tes Talks

Over the years we’ve had some of the most well-known business people come in and share their stories and knowledge with our members as part of our TES Talks series. Some of these speakers include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Joe.ie and Her.ie founder Niall McGarry, Hostelworld founder Ray Nolan and many more.

This year’s lineup is arguably our best ever, and we’re extremely excited about it! We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary, MD of Paddy Power Betfair Breon Corcoran, Head of Facebook Ireland Gareth Lambe and last but not least, serial entrepreneur Denis O’Brien.


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TES, alongside our proud sponsors Bank of Ireland and Deloitte and in association with the Trinity Business School, is delighted to welcome the CEO of Ryanair, Mr. Michael O'Leary.

Michael is one of Ireland's most well-known and successful businessmen and is an inspiration to young people across the country for his achievements to date. Michael is returning to Trinity having left back in 1983 where he graduated from BESS and went on to work with Stokes Kennedy Crowley (now KPMG) studying the Irish tax system, where he met a certain man by the name of Mr. Tony Ryan. And, as the saying goes, "the rest is history!"


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We are delighted to be able to welcome the CEO of Paddy Power Betfair, Breon Corcoran, to Trinity College for our second TES Talk of the year!


We are delighted to be able to welcome the Head of Facebook Ireland, Gareth Lambe, to Trinity College for our first TES Talk of the year.

Open to all TES members, this talk will see Gareth speak about his journey so far, how he found himself leading Ireland's Facebook office, and what the future of the world's biggest social network holds.


TES TALKS: JERRY MANOCK AND PAUL HENNINGE IN CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN LOCK

For anyone interested in designing products so that they become massively popular, or the early days of Apple, this is the event for you! 

Our speakers will be discussing their experience of industrial design and Jerry will talk in particular about his experience working alongside Steve Jobs as one of the first Apple employees! Don't miss out on a chance to hear about Steve Jobs from a man who knew him firsthand!

TES in association with LaunchPad are delighted to welcome two experts in their field to the TES Talks stage:

1) Jerry Manock: Industrial designer at Manock Comprehensive Design. He worked for Apple Computer from 1977 to 1984, contributing to the designs for the Apple II, Apple III, and Apple Macintosh computers! He's the reason Macs are so cool today.
2) Industrial Designer at Numia Medical Technology with vast experience across a broad spectrum of industries including medical, commercial, consumer and mechanical. See his fantastic designs athttp://www.henninge.com/

Steven Lock, an award-winning television producer, writer and director will lead an incredibly interesting discussion. 


TES TALKS: EMMET BROWNE, CEO OF BIOTECH STARTUP NURITAS AND FORMER REGIONAL PRESIDENT OF PFIZER AND NESTLE

TES is excited to welcome Emmet Browne to the TES Talks stage this Monday! 

Formerly Europe, Pacific Rim & Emerging Markets regional president for global pharma giant Pfizer, Emmet Browne turned his back on the big players to become CEO of Irish bio-technology startup Nuritas in March.

Nuritas was founded by former Trinity student and PHD graduate Nora Khaldi. Nora studied 2 undergraduate degrees at the same time, in both maths and biology, and through the field of bioinformatics which she created, Nuritas uses machine learning and AI to figure out what extra benefits human beings can derive from substances in food production that were previously seen as waste. Essentially, Nuritas is discovering new uses for old substances and molecules, such as how these substances can be used to cure inflammation and cholesterol. What would have taken the research industry using traditional research methods 100 years to do before, Nuritas is doing it in just 12 months!

This startup is in the new and super-sexy space of using technology to solve world problems through the field of biotechnology.

Nuritas brought in Emmet Browne to lead it to new heights as the new CEO. 
As well as being director of Pfizer, which is a massive pharmaceutical multinational, as well as Nestle, he was also former Managing Director for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Ireland. During his time in Pfizer, Emmet Browne played a key role in the successful divestment to Nestle for $11.85 billion in 2012. He is also the former Chairman of the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology and was Vice President of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association. 

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear Emmet speak about how he got started on his career, the growing field of biotechnology, and how he's growing Nuritas into a business with the potential to help change the world for the better!


TES TALKS PRESENTS: JOHN O'FARRELL, PARTNER AT A $4 BILLION SILICON VALLEY VC FIRM

John O'Farrell, renowned Silicon Valley investor, is coming to Trinity for a TES Talk! John, born in Ireland and having studied engineering in UCD, went on to get an MBA in Stanford, and then helped to grow some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley. He will speak about how he sold a company then known as Opsware to Hewlett-Packard for $1.65 billion in 2007, his experience now as a partner of one of the biggest Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley, and his pledge to give half of his lifetime wealth acquired from venture capital to charity! Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to hear one of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley speak about how to turn a startup from rags to riches, and how VCs know a billion dollar idea when they see one!


TES TALKS: BUILD A MILLION DOLLAR STARTUP STRAIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE WITH MARCO HERBST

Have you ever searched for a job online? Yes? Well in that case, you have most likely used the website jobs.ie which was created by our next speaker, Marco Herbst. Trinity engineeering graduate, Marco Herbst will be providing an insight into how he built the incredibly successful jobs.ie which was sold for a jaw dropping €2.5 million in 2005 while he was still in his twenties. Marco Herbst is now building his 2nd venture called evercam.io and he will discuss all this in his talk! This truly is an event that is not to be missed for any aspiring millionaires out there!


TES TALKS - HOW TO BUILD A €450M COMPANY, WITH FEARGAL QUINN

Our first event of the year brings the founder of Superquinn, Feargal Quinn, into Trinity College. Feargal founded the company in Dundalk in 1960 and the group expanded to encompass 24 stories, with 16 in Dublin and other stories in Kilkenny, Carlow, Clonmel, Waterford, Limerick, Bray, Charlesland, and Portlaoise. Sales were estimated to be in the region of €500 million in 2009. Feargal will talk about creating a hugely successful retail chain, which he sold for a reported €450 million in 2005, but also about his work on TV with RTE and as a senator more recently in life. One of the crucial skills as an entrepreneur is adaptability and Feargal Quinn epitomises this.


TES TALKS PRESENTS: THE FUTURE OF DUBLIN AS A GLOBAL TECH HUB, WITH NIAMH BUSHNELL

We are delighted to welcome Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups and serial entrepreneur Niamh Bushnell to the society as part of our TES Talks series. 

Niamh will give insights into how Dublin is placed to compete on the international stage, with growing tech cities such as Tel Aviv, Berlin, London and Vienna.

An expert on doing business in the US and in particular, New York’s thriving start-up scene, Bushnell has been instrumental in the creation of an Enterprise Ireland-backed online resource to help Irish companies planning to enter markets in the US.

She will have strategic responsibility for making Dublin the best place in Europe to start and grow an innovative business.

Hear her perspective and gain some invaluable insights from her hugely successful entrepreneurial career.


TES TALKS PRESENTS: BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PITCH, WITH RAY SMITH

Ray Smith is Co-founder & CEO of Datahug, a relationship intelligence platform which provides a solution to a common problem encountered in many large companies– the inability to communicate and share relationships. 

In October of 2010 Ray and Connor won first prize in the Spark of Genius competition for their pitch of Datahug at Web Summit. After securing a major investment in 2011, Datahug was launched into the market, immediately securing four of the big six global accounting and advisory firms as customers. Since then Datahug has gone from strength to strength, expanding into U.S. market and gaining a significant presence in Europe. 

Ray will talk about all things entrepreneurship before giving advice on how to successfully pitch your business idea, including how to develop a video pitch.


TES TALKS PRESENTS: NIALL MCGARRY, FOUNDER OF JOE.IE AND HER.IE

Niall McGarry is an Irish media entrepreneur and founder of Joe.ie, Her.ie, SportsJoe.ie and recently launched HerFamily.ie with all websites falling under the banner of Maximum Media, an umbrella company founded by Niall. 

Niall originally created Joe.ie in 2010, providing an online outlet for Irish males with an interest in areas such as sport, tech, entertainment, motors and fashion. He spotted the huge opportunity for digitally native media brands to take over from stumping traditional media brands. Joe.ie currently receives over 2.1 million unique visitors a month and Her.ie is on 1.8 million.

Niall will be talking about all things entrepreneurship, giving solid career advice and revealing what the future holds for Maximum Media. This will be a Q&A style event chaired by Donie O'Sullivan, a successful journalist with Storyful.


TES TALKS & THE PHIL PRESENT: WEB SUMMIT FOUNDER, PADDY COSGRAVE

In a partnership of TES and The Phil, we host one of Trinity's most successful recent graduates, the Founder of Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave (2007).

Paddy will talk about growing Web Summit from a 400 person event to a 22,000 person global conference.

He'll also talk about the future of careers; whether working for a startup or tech company is a good idea; will the professions exist in 10 years; and the challenges of starting you own company.

The Web Summit team now has over 100 full time staff including numerous TCD graduates, in particular from Physics, Law and BESS. As well staff who have moved from San Francisco, London and further afield to work for the company in Dublin.