Dublin Tech News: PageFair, IVCA, Airbnb & More

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The week in local tech tittle-tattle, distilled:

New Chairman For Irish Venture Capital Association:
Via Irish Tech News:
Brian Caulfield, partner in Draper Esprit, has been elected chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA). He replaces John Flynn, managing director of ACT Venture Capital, who has completed his term of office. Brian Caulfield, who heads up the Dublin office of UK headquartered international venture capital firm Draper Esprit, said that Ireland’s personal tax system had fallen well behind that of the UK in terms of encouraging entrepreneurship, start ups and SME job creation. READ MORE

2020 vision needed for Ireland’s fintech future:
Via Silicon Republic:
Twenty years or so ago bright minds at then little-known start-ups called Amazon and eBay cottoned on to this thing called e-commerce. Now e-commerce is fully ingrained in our way of doing things, whether it is buying concert tickets, paying bills, applying for jobs or booking flights — it’s hard to imagine life without it. But if you consider e-commerce is just one constituent in a vast financial ecosystem that captures everything from online banking and insurance to sophisticated share trading and the onset of mobile wallet services like Apple Pay, then we are only at the start of an exciting new era. And Ireland couldn’t be better placed. READ MORE

Accountancy firm supports Airbnb’s view on tax relief:
Via The Irish Times:
Ernst & Young, one of Ireland’s major accountancy firms, has told online hospitality company Airbnb it believes the Revenue Commissioners are mistaken in saying the rent-a-room tax allowance does not apply to people who use the website to rent their properties to guests. The Revenue has said earnings from renting out rooms on online sites such as Airbnb are fully liable for income tax, but the EY view, which Airbnb says is backed up by a senior legal opinion, is that the income should qualify for the rent-a-room relief. Controversy has blown up in recent days, as it emerged that Airbnb was providing details of earnings made by people renting out rooms via its website – which it refers to as ‘hosts’ – to the Revenue. READ MORE

Android surges ahead of Apple on Ireland’s phones:
Via The Irish Independent:
Ireland is becoming an Android-using country, according to new figures. And 55pc of Irish phones now use the Android operating system compared to 41pc using Apple’s iOS, a big turnaround in the battle of the phone ecosystems. A year ago, Apple’s iOS led Android with 48pc of the market compared to Google’s 46pc. The figures, compiled by Dublin-based Statcounter, show Android’s lead over its main rival increasing. Analysts say that this is down to the rise in Android phones’ minimum quality and capabilities, which has led to greater use of the devices, even for budget models used by late adopters. READ MORE

And finally… Irish StartUp TV meets PageFair’s Sean Blachfield:

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