Kieran O’Brien is a successful young entrepreneur in the tech industry. He is a 22-year-old entrepreneur, car enthusiast, and digital marketer. Kieran is also the founder of multiple companies, including MediaKits, his main business. MediaKits provides a simple and easy-to-use platform for influencers, bloggers, and musicians to create a custom online media kit with real-time data and analytics.
Kieran ventured into the business world at a young age, starting his first company at 16. Incredibly, the young Kieran grew and scaled the business into a 6-figure enterprise within a year. In under ten months, he also took his second company from $0–$1M ARR and raised over $1M in venture capital for MediaKits from many notable angel investors.
Being young in an old-fashioned industry was very challenging, but he overcame that by always listening first and talking second. Kieran also found a way over the many hurdles by bringing a unique point of view to conversations with older industry leaders, so there was always an equal exchange. Experience comes with lots of lessons, which is why Kieran invested in learning from some industry icons.
According to Kieran, dropping out of college or taking a break from studies should never be an obstacle to success. He wants to empower others to tap into their potentials regardless of their life challenges. He aspires to start an organization one day and dedicate it to funding gap years for the less fortunate kids post-high school graduation.
“I aspire to teach young people that they can take a less traditional approach and still be successful. One of the things that changed my life was taking a gap year after high school, which led me to fall in love with business” says Kieran.
As a successful young entrepreneur, Kieran also wants to share his success story with others to motivate them to keep going. Kieran seeks to help others work to achieve their potential by keeping no skeletons in their closets. He believes in hard work and commitment to realizing your goals while ensuring you do not negatively intrude on other people’s spaces. But if accidents happen, admit to it and make things right to the best of your ability.
In this fast-paced digital world, Kieran believes your reputation is everything. He is an entrepreneur who values his personal brand and public image. He challenges other aspiring and well-established entrepreneurs to guard their reputations because your word is your bond.
Success is a journey and not a destination, a common factor that most start-ups do not seem to understand. Kieran terms it as a common factor for failure in entrepreneurship as many tend to give up easily even after the ‘first no.’ He wants you to learn to trust the process and play the long game, as that’s the best way to succeed. Build long-term relationships, long-term value, and avoid shiny objects that can be misleading. This also includes staying away from short-term wins because they rarely lead to success.