Tony O’Connell, age 41 is an internet strategist, designer, developer, marketer and educator. He has an honors degree in Marketing from Portobello College in Ireland and has been developing and marketing web services since he graduated in 1994.
Tony started began working with the internet over 20 years ago after a friend came up with an idea of building a mobile office – a briefcase with a laptop, mobile phone and a printer. He didn’t have much interest in computers at the time but realised if he had a mobile office he fulfill his dream of travelling the world. He became partners in the business and while looking for applications for the mobile office he found an early version of the World Wide Web. Back then there were only a few hundred internet users in Ireland, all web pages were grey, all links were blue and everything was aligned to the left. He remembers clicking on his first hyperlink. While he waited for the page to load he realised how the Internet revolutionise almost everything, and he has been working online and travelled the world since then.
Tony has worked as an internet strategist for the EuroMBA Consortium (The Netherlands), EADA Business School (Spain), and TEFL (Ireland) and as a teacher of animation to 15 year olds in Saint Gabriel’s College (Thailand). He has setup and managed several marketing and research companies including Ogilvy Interactive Research (Ireland) and Imarketing (Australia). He worked as Manager of Ebusiness for Mid-century Online (UK) and has worked at the same position for Gemcal (Thailand). Recently he developed the marketing strategy for PRYMD, a group of doctors, biochemists and neuroscientists who are creating a smart drug in the US.
Tony has provided training and mentorship to CEO’s, marketers, designers, programmers and people who want to make money online. He is different than most school teachers because he likes to break the rules. He believes that kids should choose what they want to learn and that his job arm you with the knowledge and technology you need to get where you want to go. He will help you choose your own direction, but he won’t tell you what to do.
Tony likes to work and play on the beaches and mountains in Thailand and has 3 Thairsh kids.