This interview originally appeared on the Minnesota Business Magazine website. To view the original interview, click here.
To aspiring leaders, the CEO of Irish Titan suggests honesty, consistency, and a healthy dose of Batman.
In the May 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine, we introduced The (Real) Power 50 of 2014 — some of the best people to know when conducting business in the state. Throughout the year, we'll post short interviews with them, too. Below, we hear from Darin Lynch, founder and CEO of the Minneapolis-based firm Irish Titan, which focuses on e-commerce, applications, and websites, surrounded by online marketing and strategy.
When do you work best: morning, afternoon, or evening?
I tend to work best on “my stuff" in early morning or evening, when I have fewer interruptions. But as a leader, I have to make sure to provide direction and support during the afternoon, too.
Who is your role model and what key lesson did your learn from them?
My mom taught me how to treat people and my dad taught me how to work (not that they weren’t both good at both skills), so they collectively serve as my role models. Plus, Gene Simmons and Magic Johnson. And maybe Batman.
Describe yourself as a leader.
I would say responsible, passionate, and driven. And unconventional. And someone who believes a little bit in the value of “benevolent dictatorship."
Pets in the office: love it or hate it?
Love it, although it doesn’t occur that often.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Talking to, and learning from, inspiring people who’ve achieved things similar to what I’m trying to do with Irish Titan.
What management advice would you give?
Be trustworthy, be genuine, and be consistent. Sometimes, it’s not that complicated to do the 90 percent that gets you 90 percent of the way there.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Batman. But after growing up a little, it was always something related to responsibility and leadership — a CEO, business owner, the president, or something like that.
Which technology could you not function without?
Assuming that “the Internet” is a bit too obvious of an answer, I’d say that I’m borderline useless if my MacBook is in for repair.
Because I’m a masochist? Beyond that, I was choosing between Denver, Chicago, and Minneapolis before moving here, and chose Minneapolis because of the culture (music, theater, etc.), career possibilities, and the fact that all four major sports were already here.