In today’s blog 4pm would are going to discuss a successful Irish entrepreneur, Dylan Collins, who has influenced many of the most recent technological innovations in digital entertainment and consumer trends, such as multiplayer console games and the new generation of digital-to-retail merchandise brands.
In 2003 he undertook a step which was not understandable for many people; he set up a technology company shortly after the crash. His company, which he co-founded with Sean Blanchfield, whom he met during his studies at Trinity College in Dublin, enabled players to battle each other over the Internet.
Their venture was so successful that it was bought by Activision, the world’s largest video game publisher, for $15 m. Dylan Collins was only 26. However, Dylan said that they reacted very positively regarding his age due to their American mentality. Age does not matter as long as you have the abilities to achieve.
After that he founded “Jolt online” and developed alongside the Playboy Empire the game “Playboy Manager”. In 2009 the company was bought up by GamesStop, the world’s biggest game retailer.
Dylan says: “All our investors had made money, which is how I measure success, and it has spawned multiple companies in Dublin, which is a win-win”.
His latest venture is the startup Box-of-Awesomeness, which, based in London, regularly gives digital and physical goodies to kids and already has 30.000 subscribers. He sees it as a bridge between digital and physical brands. Tackling the digital generation is of utmost importance to Collins because brands are created differently nowadays. “A decade ago, brands were created by professionals in boardrooms. Now kids’ brands are being co-created by communities of eight and nine-year-olds – it’s a bottom-up approach rather than top-down”
Collins is also a member of board of numerous successful digital companies, such as “Fight my monster”, “Potato” and “Brown Bag Films”, a Dublin based Oscar-nominated Animation Company. In 2012 he became chairman of the Irish Clean-Tech firm TreeMetrics, whose vision it is to make the forest industry cleaner and more environmental-friendly. It aims to be the Google of TreeData.
4pm hope your Monday wasn’t too tough!