By the time I was 22, I’d already been a partner at a number of large firms, with companies in a number a different sectors.
One was an investment bank that was also part of a consortium of financial institutions in the UK and Ireland that was trying to set up a new network of money transfer networks.
The idea was that it would be a better alternative to existing systems, because it would allow us to avoid banks and other financial institutions having to take on the financial risks of doing deals.
The idea was to offer money transfers through the network, and the first financial institution to sign up was a local one, the RBS, which I was part of.
The rest were not keen on it, and we all felt like we’d missed out.
But as the networks got bigger, more and more banks signed up, and as we were building them, the interest in it grew.
And I thought, what better way to build networks than with people from a range of backgrounds?
So I decided to go with an idea I’d had for a while, one that was based around how people can learn and improve, and how the best ways to improve your skills are to get involved in networks.
I wanted to create a network of people who could help me to make sure I did the best I could with the skills I had.
So I created a new type of company called a network corporate network.
It was a company that focused on business-to-business and enterprise-to‑enterprise, with a focus on working with banks, big banks, investment banks, pension funds, small businesses, and so on.
We started with two different companies, a banking one, which was based in London, and a corporate one, based in Dublin.
The banking company was very small, but they were very successful.
They were a big, well-known bank in the country.
And the corporate one was a smaller company based in the Irish city of Cork, and they were trying to start up a network to offer a financial service to small businesses in the city.
So we had a couple of companies working on it at the same time.
And as the business grew, so did the interest of our clients.
And I was always surprised by how quickly the interest grew.
They’d ask me to come to a meeting at their bank, and then after a few meetings I’d say, “That was great, how about we start another company?”
And they’d say: “That’s great, but how about a network business?”
And I said: “Okay, that’s great.
We’ll do a business in the same way, but we’re doing it in Dublin, in Cork, in the other cities around the world.
And we’re not going to be doing it as a business, we’re going to do it as an alliance, so we can have all these people who know each other and can work together.
And then we’re just going to go to the other banks, and say: Let’s have a financial conference here, let’s have our conference here.”
And I was doing that in my office in Dublin and the other bankers in Cork were doing that too.
I didn’t really know any of them, but I’d go out to meetings in Dublin at the end of the day, and I’d get a couple from the other side of the room.
And it was very helpful, because I knew how to get to all the other people.
And so it grew over time, and within a year, the network business had grown to a size where it could offer a range on different levels.
We were still small, and had a few employees, but within a few years it had grown into a company with thousands of members around the globe.
It’s now the biggest network in the world, and it’s been growing very fast.
Now, it was great to have the networks that we had when we were small, to be able to learn and to grow and to work with people who were very different.
And that’s what was great about working with the people I met at those networks, because they were really open to a range and a range to work on.
So, they didn’t just know about financials, they knew about everything else.
So the whole experience was great.
So that was my idea of network corporate networking.
It wasn’t really the network I’d worked in before.
But I was very pleased with the work that was done.
And what were the challenges?
Well, you need to have someone who’s already working on the business side of things, and also someone who has a background in the area that you’re trying to attract people into.
And so I had to be very careful about how we got into the business.
I knew I wanted a company to grow, but it was difficult to find a company which would be open to it.
We had to go into the networking business, and find an existing company