Nuala Murphy: 'I'm still in the throes of my business journey'
This Week: Nuala Murphy
Q. What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A. Professionally, stick to the problem you are solving and the rest will follow. Personal would be to stay true to yourself.
Q. What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A. Do your research, ask people what they think first before making any drastic changes, prepare to find how to integrate your working life and personal life. Get experience, good and bad.
Q. What was your best business decision?
A. Not sure yet. All will be revealed, I suppose. I'm very much in the throes of my business journey with Moment Health, as I kick off my first official fundraising.
Q. If you weren't doing this job, what would your other career be?
A. I'd love to ramp up my voluntary work through The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation and bring the message and importance of gender equality further and wider to all women, to empowering them to achieve their ambitions.
Q. What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A. Last holiday was skiing in the French Alps for Christmas in a resort called La Rosiere - Espace San Bernardo with my family. It's a great family resort and the kids had their first ski lessons. My next trip is a business one to New York as part of the Belfast homecoming Dragon's Den pitch, which I won back in October. I'm using it to launch Moment Health in the US and to meet with potential partners and investors to help us grow Moment Health.
Q. What are your hobbies and interests?
A. I love all things tech, the future and wellbeing. The great outdoors and fresh air.
Q. Have you ever played any sports?
A. I used to be a competitive runner and swimmer when I was younger. My twenties were mostly spent in spin classes and kettle bells classes. I also cycled across Chile from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean, but my thirties haven't been as consistently active due to injury and having children. So I focus more on getting fresh air, taking advantage of the odd retreat and exercise class and trying to focus more on a healthy active lifestyle of activity like walks and active holidays. Work/life balance doesn't exist when it's your own business. It's integration from here on in. I learned that from the great Sheryl Sandberg.
Q. If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A. Most of the time my reading is done online and is very much health, tech and business-related. However, over the Christmas break I've been reading two books: David Bowie by Dylan Jones and Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark.
Q.How would you describe your early life?
A. Very happy and active. I'm one of five kids. Both my parents were teachers and education always came first in our house. I loved school and attended St Dominic's Grammar. I had a very active school life participating in the choir, orchestra and plays.