Join us for the first IIBN New York event of 2017 in The American Irish Historical Society with the legendary serial entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly.
Before his keynote event in London this January Jerry last spoke to IIBN in 2009/10 in London and New York sharing his Stobkbyte journey with our members. Since selling Stockbyte, founded in Tralee, to Getty Images for a consideration of $135 million in 2006 Jerry has gone on to develop a number of other commerical and not for profit interests with particular focus on school going young entrepreneurs and start ups.
He subscribes to Malcolm Gladwell’s maxim, which says that you need to have put 10,000 hours of labour into an endeavour to become a real expert at it. Quoted in the Sunday Indo Business newspaper in August 2015 Jerry said of his entrepreneurial journey and indeed that of all entrepreneurs “It’s always a gamble, you just have to hope you can pivot enough times to survive. I’ve never seen someone who built something substantial who hasn’t been through the wars. The rate of failure is about 95pc and it’s poorly understood what makes those few successes.”
He is the founder and CEO of Tweak, which makes high quality graphic design available online to business owners worldwide. Tweak currently offers 1.5 million pieces of design to business owners in seven languages – with specialised copywriting and high quality imagery giving SMBs globally unprecedented access to high quality print design.
The largest online printing brands globally build their digital businesses using Tweak’s content and technology. Tweak’s content has been localised to capitalise on the fast growing online print business and currently has customers throughout Europe, North America and South America. Online print providers which utilise Tweak’s services include several brands in the Cimpress/Vistaprint family, Flyeralarm.com, and Printi.com.br.
Tweak has launch Tweak Cloud, allowing marketers and entrepreneurs to create and edit graphic design in a web browser – using ready to go templates or their own design. This groundbreaking technology allows businesses to have 24/7 editable access to their design with massive reductions in cost – previously every small change was a chargeable item by agencies and graphic designers.
Kennelly, a former photojournalist, was founder and CEO of Stockbyte and Stockdisc, two companies based in Tralee, Ireland that captured 10% of the global royalty-free stock photography market in ten years, sold to Getty Images for a consideration of $135 million in 2006.
Kennelly is a co-founder of the following not for profit ventures
– Junior Entrepreneur Programme – a national Primary School programme creating entrepreneurial learning and classroom businesses in Ireland with an alumni of 26500. The programme operates throughout the Island of Ireland and in 2016 had 10,000 11 and 12 year old pupils starting their own classroom business. In a ten week period the children invested in their business and achieved net profits of €159,000 from total sales of €250,000.
– Kennelly Archive – Ireland’s largest digital collection of photography from the work of the Kennelly photographers.
– Endeavour Start Up accelerator – 20 start ups valuations €100m+
– Young Entrepreneur Programme – which an an alumni of 5500 students
Tweak.com has been awarded the US PCMag.com Editor’s Choice Award, Irish Software Associations’s Best Technology Start Up Award. Tweak.com won the ‘Best Service Category’ award in the Irish Times/Intertrade Ireland Innovation Awards 2012 and ‘Best Business App’ award in the 2012 Nokia Digital Media Awards.
He was named as Ireland’s Net Visionary, the premier award in the Irish Internet Associations in 2011. Kennelly was selected as the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of the Year in 2005 and has been a member of the EOY judging panel since then. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in economics by the University of Limerick for his work in business and in supporting entrepreneurship. In 2015 he received and Irish Internet Association Hall of Fame Award.
IIBN is sponsored by:
– Media Partner :The Irish Times
– Global Partner: Science Foundation Ireland