Today Stan reflects that the hijacked dinner led to “a really exciting life-changing ten years” and him becoming President and CEO of the PhotoBox Group.
“It’s typical of Fergal that he would plant the seed of something exciting whilst sharing a really nice bottle of wine,” he laughs. “And at the end of the day, I really can’t hold it against him.”
At the time, Stan, a seasoned tech executive who’d held senior roles at AOL and QXL Ricardo, was contemplating his next career move. Fergal’s passion had piqued his interest. When the two friends spoke some weeks later, the partnership was firmly set in motion.
And what about the issue of mixing work and pleasure? Did that ever cause problems?
“Of course we’re always told you shouldn’t do something like this – you shouldn’t involve your friends in business,” Fergal admits, but he says that the two of them have always been very open in terms of communication. That’s created a strong working relationship based on trust.