Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
I love the atmosphere in Dublin. It offers everything a capital city has to offer but, even now, as a large cosmopolitan city, it hasnt lost its small-town charm. Dublin is bustling with business people, tourists, students and families; no matter where you go youll be guaranteed to bump into someone you know. Thats what I love most.
Its a really exciting time for the tech industry because things are changing so rapidly. Mobile commerce is revolutionising the way people do business; tech companies and start-ups based here are helping to driving that global change. In PayPal, were privileged to work with so many up and coming businesses.
I see Dublin as the innovation capital of Europe. The success of events like the Web Summit shows how influential Dublin has become in the global tech industry. 8 of the top 10 global ITC corporations and all ten of the top tech born on the internet companies have offices here in Ireland. Investments by big name tech companies helped build our reputation as a destination – that makes Dublin the place to be. PayPal employ almost 1,500 people in Dublin and another 1,000 in Dundalk. Im very proud that we are continuing to grow our workforce here.
PayPal wants to become part of the local community. We work closely with local businesses, colleges, schools, community groups and charities. We support a number of initiatives, and a number of Dublin-based charities, and many of our teammates volunteer with local projects. I think thats what makes PayPals relationship with Dublin unique.
Something I love to do in Dublin? Every morning, before I go to work, I go for a run. Early morning is my favourite time to see the city because it hasnt quite woken up yet. I love to run in the Phoenix Park. Its beautiful in every season.
Louise Phelan is PayPals Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, The Middle East and Africa.