The Lighter Side . . .
Paddy Flynn, director at Google
Paddy Flynn: ‘Google’s Adopt a Start Up programme 2019 is now up and running with 15 innovative young companies from across Ireland.’
What businessperson do you most admire?
Richard Branson – entrepreneur extraordinaire.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Chimay Belgian beer – just one!
How do you unwind?
Exercise, sport, anything physical – especially team sport.
How much money is in your wallet?
€300 – for holidays in Greece.
The last book you read?
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever been given?
Trust but verify
Who is the most famous person in your contacts list?
My contacts list is disappointingly devoid of famous names!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Not as well as I like.
The last film you watched?
In the cinema – Bohemian Rhapsody
What is your favourite possession?
My Sonos speaker set in particular voice control via the Google Assistant on my Pixel 3 or Google Home.
What’s your most memorable holiday ever?
A round-the-world trip when in my 20s stands out.
What social media do you use?
Light social media user – YouTube, LinkedIn mostly.
If money were no object, what would your fantasy purchase be?
A holiday home in the south of France or anywhere warm to migrate to when the weather at home gets bad.
What is the first website you look at every morning?
For news – New York Times or Irish Times.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night owl when I have a choice to not being up early the next day.
If you were Taoiseach for a day what would you do?
Send the Ministers into the field without warning/prep for a day to interview the principals in all of our hot spots (health, housing, environment . . .) and report back on the one thing they would do differently to join the service dots as much as possible.
What person do you most admire?
What’s your favourite place in Dublin and why?
Ticknock Hill for a walk on a sunny, crisp day.
Anything you would like to plug?
Google’s Adopt a Start Up programme 2019 is now up and running with 15 innovative young companies from across Ireland. Over eight weeks, the start-ups will undertake an intense programme of exclusive lectures and workshops, one-on-one on-site support with a team of passionate Googlers, and unique networking opportunities at Google’s EMEA headquarters. Previous alumni of our start-up programme who have gone on to expand into global markets include FoodCloud, Jobbio, Beats Medical and CoderDoJo.