Saturday 18 November 2017

THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: 'If you’re good at what you do you’ll always be busy’ – how a Roscommon company competes globally with Microsoft

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In 1999, Philip Martin and his friend Pat Henry started a software company from a rented room in an old Convent school in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Roscommon’s version of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak starting Apple from Jobs’ parent's garage.

Eighteen years later, the two friends (with Martin as CEO and Henry as CTO) run the biggest software company in the northwest – Cora Systems, which operates in 51 countries around the globe.

On this week’s Ready Business show, Philip Martin tells Brian Purcell how they grew the business into a global player from Carrick-on-Shannon.

“It’s not exactly Silicon Valley,” he says. “But I’m from the region and I wanted to get back. There was literally nothing in my line of work down there at the time, but Carrick now is a booming town. If you’re good at what you do you’ll always be busy and we’re good at what we do.” 

“The reason for our success? The people we have. People want to live outside of Dublin for the quality of life. Salaries aren’t that different but the cost of living is so much cheaper. We’re a global company based in Carrick and it’s no different than being at a global company in Dublin.” 

Check out Philip's tips for success below:

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