I can’t imagine working with my siblings would be easy: you don’t know my siblings. In a professional capacity, I’ve co-operated and collaborated with them a couple of times, but to work with them? Everyday? Rewarding and easy in some ways, yes; the understanding, the knowing – of how social and cultural experiences will be useful here, or a hinderance there – but I think I’d find it difficult – difficult to start, and difficult to quit.
I put the question to myself having met the Mc Ginn sisters recently; three siblings and serial entrepreneurs embarking on their third start-up, OPSH.COM – ‘The third way to shop’ The catchy name hints at the disruptive potential in OPSH – reversed, back to front, inside out, then nudge on a syllable to opt-ion….and you see where we’re going.
Prowlster & What Will I Wear Today were the sisters’ first two start-ups; it’s fair to say fashion is a theme with Jennie, Sarah & Grace, but this isn’t three women who are keen on fashion so they’re launching a website; it’s immediately obvious they have immersed themselves in an industry to understand the market, trends, technology and critically, their (soon-to-be) customers. Fashionable women yes, but they know the fashion business: back-to-front and inside-out.
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It’s only a couple of days to Apple’s September 9th announcement but Dermot Daly & Andy O’Donoghue review last week at IFA with Samsung’s VR and Note 4 announcements, the iCloud Hack and Victim Blame, and it’s time for a discussion on who does the vacuuming, with Dyson’s stunning step into the Internet of Things, the Dyson 360 Eye.
But there’s also time to start thinking about what Apple will do with iPhone 6, iOS 8 and they key to unlocking your wallet securely in public, with Two-Factor Authentication.
So summer is officially over and it’s a new season of the Redcert Podcast: did you unplug for the summer? Dermot Daly and Andy O’Donoghue discuss getting your ‘Digital Detox’ on the Brecon Beacons with UK company Unplugged Weekend, Apple’s iTime patent, Wearable Experiments’s Alert Shirt for Aussie Rules fans, parachute journalism in technology, the Skully AR helmet and that’s for starters.