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๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello, world!

I'm a technical founder.
I'm passionate about online education and the creator economy.
I run an audio startup, Awesound.
I've tweeted ~4,000 times. I hope this site is a more navigable summary of some things I'm doing and currently thinking about.


Tweet @mbym
Follow me on Clubhouse @moreparty


My startup

In 2014, I quit McKinsey to create an audio platform.
Awesound has evolved into a company I'm proud of. I help story-tellers and educators make a living.
Awesound lets you securely sell audio from any website. It's used by podcast, audiobook and education companies.
It's small but profitable. Much-loved by current publishers. Growing mainly by word of mouth.
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I'm now in Dublin, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช (Click to expand)
I'm Irish. Currently living in Dublin. I've lived in Cork, London, Puerto Rico, Boston and California. I visited 40 countries before COVID. I love everywhere ๐ŸŒŽ . I've a soft spot for America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.
  • I'm 31.
I believe in the power of role models.
Awesound is one way I can help people find role models, but I'd like to do this more.
I love meeting new people โ€“ very energizing.
  • If you ask people who know me what I'm like, they'll probably mention this. I'm in my element at conferences, weddings, etc.
  • I love talking to customers. (Even if it's doing front-line customer support.)
  • I'm high-energy.
I see the good.
  • I'm optimistic by choice, but try not to be deluded. Honestly evaluating probabilities beats naรฏvely hoping for the best in the name of optimism.
  • Separately, and more consistently, I have a "good news" filter for my attention. A negative story needs to meet a high bar for relevance for me to give it much time. I prefer to focus on building than complaining.
  • You tend to see what you look for, so I look out for cool, positive things.
  • I used to be the definition of extrovert, but COVID lockdowns have made me really get to know my introverted side.
๐ŸคHow I like to work


Talk to me about

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ปBuilding a podcast and audiobook platformIntegrating Stripe
  • Learning to code
  • Self-publishing audiobooks
Business / pleasure
  • Working with creators and educators
  • Evaluating startup ideas
  • Podcasting (I've been helping folks do this for some years now)
  • Management consulting (my last job)
  • Founding a startup, bootstrapping, getting a small bit of funding from YC, getting distracted from customers by awards ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ, iterating based on customer feedback
Mental wealth, personal motivation, positive thinking, re-framing
  • I'm the happiest person I know
  • Talking to strangers
  • Your relationship(s)
  • Life decisions (I'll be your sounding board and ask questions)

Teach me about

๐ŸŽ™๏ธThe creator economy
  • Music production (Logic Pro)
  • Micropayments and the future of payments
  • I have GPT-3 access, but I'm not really using it! What should I be building?
  • What books, videos, podcasts or courses should I study?
  • Crypto, DeFi
  • Aging
  • Becoming a better interviewer and asking better questions โ€“ for podcasts etc.
  • Being a better friend. Staying in touch with friends. Being a better romantic partner.


On this site

๐ŸŒFun (coding) projects ๐Ÿ˜ปTech recommendationsUse Notion for your websitePredictionsโฑ๏ธEnd-of-day survey / journal๐Ÿ“šBooks recommended to me๐Ÿ’ญWhat I believe๐Ÿ”Private notes to self
I have a few ideas of other pages to add to this site
  • Podcasts I like
  • Startup ideas for you to run with
  • Books I've read and highlights
  • Investment learnings and/or thesis
  • Unsolicited thoughts on relationships and other topics
  • Advice to my younger self / Life learnings / advice to someone 10-20 years younger than me
  • Fav. tweets
  • End of Day or End of Week โ€” employees
  • Chess
  • Chrome extensions
  • Chrome custom shortcuts
  • Brave vs Chrome
If you've other ideas, do let me know!

External links


This website

๐Ÿ”—About this website
Cover photo: Kilkee, Co. Clare, West of Ireland
I've taken hundreds of photos of this patch of the coast, but this pic is from Mark Lawson. (Notion has a handy Unsplash integratration to boot.)
Notion โ†’ Next.js website: main libraries by NotionX / Travis Fischer
See Use Notion for your website for more details.