Gavin Prendergast had already been thinking about going into business for himself with an enterprise that would tap into his love for food. Then the multinationals came calling.
Dublin may be a natural business hub, but the country’s FDI story doesn’t end in the capital. Silicon Docks is synonymous with thriving tech companies, but cities like Galway and Cork attract their share of multinationals too. Galway alone has close to 23,000 people whose jobs come from IDA-supported FDI projects, while Cork has a thriving community of companies in both pharmaceuticals and cybersecurity sectors.
Foreign direct investment doesn’t happen in a bubble. From the moment multinational companies decide to set up operations in Ireland, they will need to interact with local service providers. Their needs may run the gamut from office fit-out, catering and construction, through to professional services such as recruitment, IT, legal and accounting services or public relations.
Just as nature abhors a vacuum, uncertainty provokes similar feelings for business. As this white paper makes clear, a growing nationalist and protectionist mindset around the world is creating a fresh set of challenges for global businesses.
Engineering leaders shared their advice for CTOs, leaders of engineering teams and international operation decision makers at recent IDA Ireland meetup
Building great tech companies starts with hiring great people. That’s easy to say but harder to do. Competition for the best talent is so tight, while pressure to scale fast can also hinder good HR practices. That challenge is exacerbated when the company is expanding globally.
Europe is a vast, lucrative market and having a local tech operation in place to support it makes sense. But there are also solid economic reasons for a company to expand its engineering program to Europe. Europe offers a marketplace of 550 million people and is seen by many US tech companies as the gateway to EMEA region.
It’s an altogether tougher challenge to scale the organisation that develops, sells and supports the product - especially as the business goes international. It was a theme heard again and again during SaaStock 2017 in Dublin.
Our round up from SaaStock 2017 In companies founded by engineers - as many SaaS providers are - sales is sometimes a dirty word. But getting to healthy recurring revenue is the goal to building a sustainable software-as-a-service business, which explains why sales featured prominently on the agenda at the SaaStock conference in Dublin.
Engineers are the lifeblood of any SaaS company, which is why it’s worth building a culture that attracts them.
Moving from service to product
Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest topics in software right now.
Bill Macaitis advises on how SaaS companies can strengthen their brands and create a customer centric culture.
CEO of Qualitrics, Ryan Smith shares his insights on building a SaaS superstar business from SaaStock taking place in Dublin
Michael Lohan is Head of Medical Technology & Healthcare Services at IDA Ireland. In this role, he is an ambassador spreading the word about Ireland's opportunities to medtech and biotech companies around the world. IDA Ireland is proud to be a platinum sponsor of The Med Tech Conference since 2007. Come visit IDA Ireland at booth #323. In the second part of this two-part blog, Lohan concludes his discussion about why American medtech companies have been choosing Ireland as their European base of operations.
Michael Lohan is Head of Medical Technology & Healthcare Services at IDA Ireland. In this role, he is an ambassador spreading the word about Ireland's opportunities to medtech and biotech companies around the world. IDA Ireland is proud to be a platinum sponsor of The Med Tech Conference since 2007. Come visit IDA Ireland at booth #323. In this two-part blog, Lohan talks about why American medtech companies have been choosing Ireland as their European base of operations.
How much of your business relies on software? Quite a lot. How much of it came in a box? Not a lot. That very fact has changed the world as we know it.
IDA Ireland is proud to be a founding sponsor of MassRobotics. IDA Ireland has been successful in attracting and supporting multinationals for a long time and always strives to ensure Ireland stays at the cutting edge of technology and manufacturing developmentswith initiatives like the new Irish Manufacturing Research Institute positioning Ireland as a global leader in Advanced Manufacturing.
Ireland may not be the first country that comes to mind in aviation, but it certainly has a strong impact now in how the industry is run.
IDA Ireland has partnered with the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) to bring the NEVYs to Boston this year. #NEVYs17
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