The Big Tech Show: Jamie Heaslip – from rugby to startups to Stripe

He is one of Ireland’s best-known rugby stars. Now Jamie Heaslip has become a successful investor in startups.

While it’s not the most traditional way to switch from rugby to technique, it seems to be working. With investments in companies like Pointy and Kitman Labs, he’s proven he can spot winners.

Because Ireland’s start-up landscape is a small, tight-knit one, Jamie says it’s easier to get to know the people in the industry.

“Ireland is quite small. You can do your due diligence with these guys by asking around. It’s about finding out who’s the expert in a field, talking to them… where is this industry going? Ireland is really exciting in terms of the innovations that are coming out.”

While making the move from international rugby to technique is a big transition, Jamie says he doesn’t think it’s ever held him back.

“I don’t mind talking about sports… It’s to be expected. Especially at the beginning of your career when you are changing. But the more you challenge yourself, the more you grow each day, the more you can bring to the table and the conversations sway.

“It would have been a big reason why I did a Masters in Business for the last two years, which was great but a bloody drudgery. Now I have a lot more strategic thinking in general and a really good view of companies.”

You can listen to the full interview on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Big Tech Show is in partnership with Square. The Big Tech Show: Jamie Heaslip – from rugby to startups to Stripe

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