Episode 7: Paul Doyle
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: A positive outcome like any good experience in life makes you think "yes that was brilliant". I savour that feeling because positivity in Ireland is in short supply and I'll take it anywhere I can find it.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Gavin was, not because of his questions but because of the attitude. He really liked the product but wanted half the business. That just didn't add up for me. It's like someone paying you a compliment while kicking you in the behind.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: I thought I would be but I knew I wasn't walking into the Den with a chocolate toaster. I had confidence in my product and what I had accomplished and hopefully that's what comes across to people.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Questions were straight forward, I thought they would be much tougher but happily for me they all seemed to like the product which definitely helps.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Well Gavin made an offer straight off the bat but I knew Ramona being a mother would have greater affinity with the difference Trolley Bags could make to hard working mums who lets face it, still do most of the shopping.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Doing a deal means that question doesn't come into my mind but I'm sure if I had walked out of there with nothing that question would haunt.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes but only after you take a good hard look at yourself and ask; "Do I really have the strength of my convictions?" Even a budding entrepreneur needs deep roots.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: Like everyone else I want to live life and not merely survive and we all know currently in Ireland that it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice just to do the latter. I think I'm just mad enough to want more for my family and me.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: In a high tech age I hope to have people wondering how the hell something so simple got to be so successful. There's always another, smarter and better way to do nearly anything and that's what my company will always strive to do.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: The positivity in the air mainly from the Dragons Den production crew. It was like being on holiday, away from the negativity that we are bombarded with in Ireland at the moment.
Q: At any point did you think you wouldn't get the investment?
A: I had no doubts I'd get the promise of investment.