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March 27, 2023

#10 Embracing the Unknown

with Niall Horgan
#10 Embracing the Unknown

On this Episode of Unbound Conversations

Gym+Coffee CEO opens up about leaving the world of sports, stepping out of his comfort zone and into the unknown.

Niall reveals the pivotal moment when he questioned his career path, sparking a journey that led him away from Cork and towards Dublin where he redefined his professional life. You’ll hear about the career-changing moment when he became Twitter's 10th employee in Europe and managed sales operations setup across multiple regions. Niall never settles and thrives from tackling new challenges. 

Discover how he then transitioned from large tech companies to co-founding Gym+Coffee, Ireland's largest, fastest-growing and most recognisable active + athleisurewear brand.

About the Guest

Niall Horgan
Niall Horgan

Niall Horgan is CEO and Co-Founder of direct-to-consumer athleisure clothing brand Gym+Coffee. Founded, headquartered and operated from Dublin, in the last 5 years Gym+Coffee has scaled to over 150 team members, a best in class ecommerce experience, 10 physical retail clubhouses across Ireland and the UK, and has built a passionate community of over 500,000 around the brand.


Niall has spent over 12 years in various sales and marketing roles including time at Twitter, Slack, Sky and Irish Mainport Holdings. During this time he was responsible for setting up International sales operations, building and scaling sales teams across the EMEA region, all while working with brands and agencies on their digital marketing strategies. In 2016 he was named one of the Sunday Independent's Top 30 Under 30 in Ireland. Niall was one of Ireland's EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists in 2021, he is one of the 6 Irish Endeavour Entrepreneurs and was chair of Digital Business Ireland in 2020/21.


Niall is married to Orlaith and has two daughters Zoe (aged 3) and Cassie (aged 2). Niall has a huge interest in sport and keeping fit, he had a number of years playing GAA with Cork winning an All Ireland Medal and 4 Munster Medals in football and hurling, he has ran the Cape Town marathon, numerous half marathons and endeavors to squeeze in a daily run or workout!

Show Notes

  • Life beyond hurling
  • Mindset shifts around sports, status, and identity
  • The decision to build Gym+Coffee as a community-focused brand 
  • Why social & community is the real benefit of exercise as opposed to running the fastest
  • The challenges and privileges of running a fast-growing business

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