Episode 2: Joe Doyle
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: Absolutely Great, was the scariest thing I ever done.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: I don't think any of the dragons were tough on me, but I felt like all of them were just waiting on me to slip up or show that I didn't know my stuff and they would have been all over me like a pack of wolves on a lamb.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Terrified, my hands were sweating, my knees were trembling, my mouth was dry. I drank that much water waiting to go in, that I needed to go to the bathroom but just didn't have the time. But as soon as I got going the nerves went away.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Not really they guys seemed to be very clued in to what the business was all about, most of them are landlords themselves if I'm not mistaken.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Barry and Peter seemed to have a particular interest, then Barry told Peter to get off the fence and make his mind up.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: I know you should always be aiming to improve yourself, but I just went in there and was myself from the start to the finish and it done the trick so I am happy with that.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Definitely, great experience, and good exposure for the business from the outset, you couldn't ask for anything better.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: I'm not sure of the correct adjective to use, but there is a strange kind of satisfaction that I feel from having an idea and turning it in to something tangible. I have to be careful with my thoughts because sometimes I get a bit carried away with myself.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: TenantReference.ie will be an integral part of the property rental market in Ireland and we can also hopefully distribute it overseas.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: Two things, that stick out in my mind, when I walked in to the den, how silent it was actually really scared me, it caught me completely off guard especially with the long pauses between each question, I think the dragons were trying to test my nerves. The second thing is, I brought my Grandad along for the day out and after we were finished, we were both just messing sitting in the dragons chairs, and getting photos taken, that's a good memory that I will keep.
Q: At any point did you think you wouldn't get the investment?
A: The nerves stopped me from thinking of anything other than my pitch and before I knew it Barry made me an offer, so I think I was quite lucky in that regard to have received an offer such early on in the pitch.