Inspirefest 2017

Susan O’Brien

Founder, Smigin

Susan O’Brien is the founder of Smigin, a language learning company with a unique focus on conversation skills. Having lived and worked in 8 countries, Susan realized that there was nothing on the market that helped users with simple, everyday conversation as most products focused heavily on grammar and structure. NYC based Smigin offers users a suite of products: an iOS/Android app for travelers and a browser based language-learning product available in multiple languages. Smigin has users in over 175 countries.

With 15 years of Sales & Marketing experience in over 30 countries globally Susan has an innate knowledge of global sales strategies. Susan has held executive positions in both public and private companies in the USA and Europe. Her knowledge of the technology startup world, of what it takes to build a company from scratch and her ability to tell that story has seen Susan’s work published in the US and in Ireland, most recently having become a contributing writer to the Huffington Post.

Susan is a graduate of University College Cork (B.A. foreign languages). She is Co-Chair of the Irish International Business Network, NYC and Executive Director of LEAP (Leadership & Executive Acceleration Program for Irish and Irish American young women).