Learning Alongside Your Customers

Patrick Monaghan, Product Director of Phorest

Initially as a software engineer and later in various Product roles, Paddy was part of technology teams which lead to some of Ireland’s most successful acquisitions with Cape Technologies (Acquired by WeDo Technologies), The Now Factory (Acquired by IBM), Mobile Travel Technologies (MTT, Acquired by TravelPort) where he launched mobile products for easyJet, Singapore Airlines, Etihad and more. Now Product Director for one of Ireland’s fastest-growing companies, Phorest Salon Software, building a long term company and global leader in appointment, booking and marketing technologies for salons and spas around the world. Paddy also advises early-stage companies on modern product development and strategy techniques to grow their business.

Paul McAvinchey
Paul McAvinchey

For over 15 years, Paul has been building and collaborating on digital products with fast-growing startups and global brands, including AOL and WMS Gaming. Currently, he's a co-founder of Product Collective, a worldwide community of product people. Members collaborate on Slack, meet at INDUSTRY: The Product Conference, listen to Rocketship.fm, learn at Product Interviews and get a weekly brief that includes best practices in product management. In recent years he led business development at DXY, a leading product design firm in the Midwest, and product innovation at MedCity Media, a publishing startup acquired by Breaking Media in 2015.