The Irish Tech 100 (Part Four)

Powered by Cpl Recruitment: Business & Finance Magazine recently published their definitive guide to the top 100 performing tech companies across the island of Ireland. We’re delighted to republish the list in full.

You can read the first installment HERE, the second HERE, and the third HERE.

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SEDICII
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Rob Leslie, CEO and Founder

Irish cybersecurity startup Sedicii secures and anonymises users’ identities: “We’ve been told security comes at the expense of convenience. Sedicii proves you can have world-class security and a great user experience,” as the company explains. Allowing users of a device to safely access all manner of their accounts using only one password, the technology uses the sophisticated zero knowledge proof protocol. Sedicii was the only Irish company selected as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and only one of eight from Europe, a prestigious accolade. Founded by seasoned entrepreneur and electronics engineer Rob Leslie, the company is headquartered at Waterford Institute of Technology. @GBRSedicii

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SIEMENS IRELAND
Established in Ireland: 1874
Employees worldwide: 343,000
Head of Irish operations: Paul Lynam, CEO

German multinational engineering giant Siemens has a long history in Ireland, as far back as 1874 with the laying of a transatlantic cable from Kerry to Canada, and the late 1920s with the epochal Shannon hydroelectric scheme. More recently, the company was responsible for Dublin Airport’s T2 baggage handling infrastructure, and the construction and maintenance of 42 turbines for two Bord na Móna wind farms, with energy forming an important part of the company’s operations in Ireland. Meanwhile, Siemens Healthcare Ireland is a leading provider of advanced equipment to hospitals and medical facilities. Since 2010 Siemens Ireland has been headed up by Paul Lynam, who joined the company in 2005 following roles at Smurfit in Germany. @Siemens

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STORYFUL
Employees worldwide: 90
Established in Ireland: 2010
Head of Irish Operations: Rahul Chopra, CEO

One of the highest-profile Irish digital media success stories, social media news agency Storyful was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in 2013 and is in a period of transition. Former RT reporter Mark Little has announced that he is to leave the company, with “no absolute certainty” as to what he’ll do next, but he is exhilarated by the possibilities. ‘Acquisitions are notoriously messy affairs (at least for the startup). But that hasn’t been the case with Storyful and News Corp. We’ve enjoyed absolute and unwavering support for our ambitions from the highest level at News Corp, and also the resources to achieve them. We stole the talented Rahul Chopra from News Corp, and, as Storyful’s CEO, he has all the right skills to guide Storyful to a glorious second act,’ Little wrote in the Storyful blog. @Storyful

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STRIPE
Employees worldwide: 293
Established in Ireland: 2009
Head of Irish operations: Patrick and John Collison, Co-Founders

Founded by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, Stripe is an API that enables developers to easily handle payments online and in mobile apps, a competitor to PayPal (whose original founder, Elon Musk, is an investor). With its headquarters in an old trunk factory in San Francisco, $200m in funding and a client list that includes Twitter, Salesforce and Kickstarter, the company’s valuation is a hefty $5bn, making it one of Ireland’s most successful startups. Plans to expand into Scandinavia are afoot, and Stripe already has a presence in 30 countries, accepting payments in over 100 currencies. @stripe

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SUNGARD AVAILABILITY SERVICES
Established in Ireland: 2001
Head of Irish operations: Gary Watson, General Manager, Ireland

Providing information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, Sungard AS is a gateway for US-based organisations seeking to do business in Europe, with data hosted at Sungard AS sites in Ireland. The company recently announced a partnership with data centre solution provider Digital Realty Trust, seeing Sungard AS expanding its footprint and creating 50 new jobs. The company also works with Fujifilm, providing its private managed cloud, and delivers managed services for Transics. The state-of-the-art Digital Realty campus at Digital Profile Park in Dublin boasts an impressive tier III status, the first such facility in Ireland. @SungardASUK

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SYMANTEC
Employees worldwide: 21,500+
Established in Ireland: 1991
Head of Irish operations: Alan Horgan, Sales Director EMEA

One of the biggest independent software companies in the world, Symantec offers security, storage and systems management solutions with a focus on cybersecurity, an increasingly topical concern. Their Irish base in Blanchardstown hosts a security operations centre and business authentication, software and development functions. This was augmented two years ago with the announcement of the company’s new European Customer Management Centre, creating up to 400 jobs over two years and providing sales and support to Symantec’s European customers. The California-based Fortune 500 company was founded in 1982, listed on the NASDAQ in 1989 and has a yearly revenue of $6.7bn. @symantec

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SYSNET GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
Employees worldwide: 160+
Established in Ireland: 1989
Head of Irish operations: Gabriel Moynagh, CEO

Providing payment card compliance services, compliance validation and merchant intelligence products, Dublin-headquartered Sysnet is an important link between SMEs and financial institutions. It has clients in over 40 countries around the world and offices in London, Atlanta, Hyderabad, Kiev and Cape Town. Sysnet works with the top seven financial organisations in the UK and Ireland, and counts WorldPay, US Bank, Lloyds, Barclays, Walmart and Nationwide Building Society as customers; over 800,000 merchants use the compliance management system that Sysnet developed. Gabriel Moynagh, whose father founded the company in 1989, joined Sysnet in 2005, became General Manager in 2009 and CEO in 2012. @Sysnetgs

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TERADATA
Established in Ireland: 2011
Employees worldwide: c.10,000
Head of Irish operations: Peter Mohan, EMEA Regional Controller

Dealing in big data analytics, marketing applications and data warehousing, the Ohio-headquartered, NYSE-listed company works with some of the world’s biggest brands including 3M, British Airways, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dell, DHL, eBay and Ford. It has also partnered with Tourism Ireland on marketing campaigns, as well as eir and AIB. Since its origins in 1979, Teradata has grown to encompass nearly 10,000 employees in 42 offices and an annual revenue of $2.7bn; the big data sector has grown exponentially in recent years. The company’s Dublin base is in Santry. @Teradata

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THREE
Established in Ireland: 2005
Employees in Ireland: 1,400+
Employees worldwide: 270,000 (CK Hutchison)
Head of Irish operations: Robert Finnegan, CEO, Ireland

Now Ireland’s second-largest mobile operator, boasting 35% of the market and more than 2m customers, Three’s operations have received a huge boost with the purchase of O2 Ireland last year for €850m. Owned by CK Hutchinson Holdings, which employs around 270,000 people in over 50 countries, the Three brand is becoming even more familiar through its sponsorship of the Irish football and rugby teams, not to mention its high-profile rebranding of the former O2 Arena, now the 3Arena. Its head office is in Dublin, with customer care functions in Limerick and a customer service centre in Waterford, as well as 68 retail outlets. The company is led by Waterford man Robert Finnegan, who worked at various other Hutchinson businesses for 13 years, including a stint as CEO of beverage division Watson’s. @ThreeCare

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TOTALMOBILE
Established in Ireland: 1985
Head of Irish operations: Colin Reid, CEO

Helping companies to enable workers to work remotely and on the go, the Belfast-based TotalMobile primarily offers solutions to government, healthcare and industry. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a growth area with the rise of tablets and smartphones, and its 30 years of experience have stood the company in good stead. In recent years TotalMobile has expanded into the USA with the opening of a Massachusetts operation, and counts Allianz, Vodafone and several UK local authorities as customers, saving Aberdeen City Council £1.5m per annum. Meanwhile, CEO Colin Reid has chaired Northern Irish IT trade body Momentum and served on several boards. The former Consilium Technologies was renamed TotalMobile in 2013. @TotalMobile

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TRILOGY TECHNOLOGIES
Established in Ireland: 2009
Head of Irish operations: Edel Creely, Group Managing Director

Dublin-headquartered IT support firm Trilogy Technologies offers managed services and a full suite of ICT solutions. The company is based at High Street in Dublin’s city centre. Group Managing Director Edel Creely (a professionally trained violinist, incidentally) was at the centre of Trilogy’s formation in 2009, with the acquisition of IT Focus and merger with Team DBA. Trilogy acquired B2Lateral in 2014, providing a City of London presence. The acquisition, and opening of its Dublin headquarters, saw the company announce 30 new jobs in Ireland last year, with Creely noting that Trilogy has grown by more then 250% in four years. @Trilogy_Tech

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TRUSTEV
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Pat Phelan, CEO

Co-founded by veteran high-profile entrepreneur Pat Phelan along with CTO Chris Kennedy, Trustev technology prevents fraud online by scanning transactions in real time and judging whether they are genuine Ð a system they describe as ‘smart blacklisting’. Headquartered in Cork (Phelan being a proud Corkonian), and with a major New York base, the firm has landed a number of awards and plaudits from the likes of Forbes, SXSW, the Irish Internet Association, the EU Commission and an Entrepreneur of the Year shortlisting. Phelan is now based in the US Ð another chapter in the extraordinary success story of this former butcher, chef and early school-leaver. @trustev

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TWITTER
Employees in Ireland: 200+
Established in Ireland: 2011
Head of Irish operations: Stephen McIntyre, Managing Director, Ireland

One of the biggest names in social media, and touted by some as a force for democracy and transparency in the world today, Twitter needs little introduction. The company announced the opening of its European HQ on Dublin’s Pearse Street in 2011, cited as a huge win on the part of IDA Ireland. Twitter’s Irish operations have multiplied since then, adding 100 sales, finance, HR and marketing roles here two years ago. Irish MD Stephen McIntyre himself was in the news earlier this year, advocating a Yes vote in the gay marriage referendum, which he said would highlight Ireland as a good place to do business. Meanwhile, in a spring reshuffle the Trinity graduate and former Googler was appointed VP of online and reseller sales for EMEA, remaining managing director in Ireland. @twitter

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VERSION 1
Established in Ireland: 1996
Head of Irish operations: Justin Keatinge, CEO

One of the fastest-growing IT services providers in this part of the world, Version 1 harnesses technology to address enterprise customers’ business challenges. For example, it delivered the Department of Agriculture’s animal health computer system, a claims management system for Irish Life, and simplified the IT setup of one of the biggest oil companies. Last year Version 1 received €8m in funding from the BDO Development Capital Fund, unlocking further expansion in the UK and creating up to 100 more jobs in Ireland. The firm was founded by current CEO Justin Keatinge and John Mullen in 1996, and has grown to encompass over 600 employees and revenues of €75m. The company has received a number of awards, such as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Deloitte Best-Managed Company, and Great Place To Work. @Version1Tweets

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VIATEL
Worldwide employees: 200+
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish operations: Colm Piercy, Founder/CEO

On an upward curve since becoming part of the Digiweb group two years ago, Viatel owns a network of over 8,500km in low-latency duct and fibre optic infrastructure connecting eight countries, 35 major cities, 150 data centres and thousands of companies. With offices in London, Dublin and Paris, the company is in a growth phase, planning acquisitions and securing hundreds of millions in new funding from Swedish investor Proventus. Major network improvements have been announced for Marseille, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Italy and Zurich. Founded in 1991 by Colm Piercy, still at the helm today, Viatel also upgraded 1,500km of network throughout Ireland last year at a cost of €1.5m. @ViatelEurope

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VIDDYAD
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Grainne Barron, Founder and CEO

Based in Dublin and San Francisco, Viddyad allows businesses to quickly and easily create and publish video ads online. The startup has received plaudits from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Web Summit and SXSW. Its R&D team are based in Dublin’s Docklands, whereas sales and marketing functions take place in Silicon Valley. Founder Grainne Barron has won numerous awards and served with Startup Ireland, IBEC’s CEO Forum and Techpreneurs. @viddyad

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VMWARE
Founded in Ireland: 2005

With an extensive Irish setup in Ballincollig, outside of Cork city, VMware is a global name in virtualization with over 500,000 customers, 55,000 partners, 14,000 employees and 50 locations around the world. The Cork facility supports customers in the EMEA area, with functions including global support services, finance, inside sales, IT, order management, deal desk, facilities, legal, HR and recruitment, and native speakers of more than 20 languages on-site. Involved with CoderDojo, Cork Institute of Technology, local charities and the and local GAA, and the recipient of a Cork Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year award, its base in a 19th-century military barracks is very much a part of the community. @VMware_UK

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VODAFONE
Established in Ireland: 2001
Employees in Ireland: 1,100
Head of Irish operations: Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland

As one of the world’s biggest communications providers, operating in 26 countries, Vodafone serves 2.3m customers in Ireland alone. This year the mobile telecoms giant announced a partnership with Ryanair, providing 95% of the airline’s telecoms requirements including connecting the pilots’ electronic flight bags, and crew’s electronic point-of-sale devices. In 2014 it announced over 110 new jobs, added to this summer with the announcement of a new European sales centre in Carrickmines, Dublin Ð a €60m investment that will create 200 jobs. “We are delighted to secure this investment for Ireland, which further demonstrates Vodafone’s on-going and long-term commitment to developing our business in Ireland and to developing support roles from Ireland for the wider Vodafone Group and its customers,” said Anne O’Leary, CEO since 2013. “The selection by Vodafone of Ireland as a location for this European sales centre also demonstrates Ireland’s standing in Europe in terms of availability of highly skilled people for these emerging and developing roles.” @VodafoneIreland

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VOXPRO
Employees in Ireland: c.850
Established in Ireland: 1999
Head of Irish operations: Dan Kiely, CEO

Based in Cork, with operations in Dublin and San Francisco, Voxpro is in a growth phase as CEO Dan Kiely explained during a job announcement last year. “Today, we are Ireland’s leading exporter of business process outsourcing, operating in 12 languages to over 100 indigenous and global organisations and we continue to expand at a rapid pace,” he said. “We currently employ 500 people across our five sites. Today’s announcement will see this figure increase to 350 people, which puts us on track to over-deliver on our commitment to employ 1,000 people internationally by the end of 2015.” The company offers customer contact solutions for firms such as Google, Nest and Travelzoo, among many multinationals and blue-chips. @VoxproIreland

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VOICESAGE
Founded in Ireland: 2003
Head of Irish operations: Cormac O’Neill, deputy CEO and CFO

Customer communications provider VoiceSage is a leading player in call centre and customer messaging solutions, with a strong cloud-based product. Its clients include eir, Airtricity, Argos, Thames Water, AXA Insurance and Homebase; VoiceSage technology sends more than 2m messages a day, and is used by businesses serving more than 75% of the UK population. It has bases in Cork, Dublin and the UK, investing €1m in a major R&D programme in 2013, which created 10 new jobs at the Dublin site. It has racked up several award wins over the year, including Contact Centre Product of the Year on three consecutive occasions. @VoiceSage

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XILINX
Established in Ireland: 1995
Employees worldwide: 3,500+
Head of Irish operations: Kevin Cooney, Managing Director Europe, Corporate Vice President and CIO

Programmable microchip manufacturer Xilinx is active in the internet of things (IoT), 5G, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and all manner of cutting-edge hardware. The Silicon Valley firm was responsible for a number of firsts since its foundation in 1984, and holds over 3,500 patents. Its Citywest EMEA headquarters takes in R&D, engineering, IT centre, supply, finance, legal and HR functions, and was the company’s first research facility outside of the US, established in 2005. Youghal man Kevin Cooney has been at the helm in Ireland since 2004, having joined the company in 1995 and working up through senior IT and business development management roles. @XilinxInc

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YAHOO!
Employees in Ireland: 450
Established in Ireland: 2003
Head of Irish operations: Pat Scully, managing director, EMEA

One of the world’s largest tech companies, Yahoo! started out as a search pioneer and has a large EMEA setup in Dublin including advertising, customer support, finance and HR functions. The company has invested $12m in new Docklands offices this year, increasing its workforce here from 320 to 450 at its new 78,000 square-foot Point Village facility. “We are fundamentally here because of the talent pool here, the stability of the country, the fact that it is part of the EU, and the overall sense of excitement and optimism that exists in the country,” Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman said at the facility’s launch, according to The Irish Times. Galway man Pat Scully, previously at NASDAQ-listed Nuance Communications, has been in charge since last year. Scully recently mooted the possibility of joining the Irish data centre scene, either by buying or building. @Yahoo

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ZENDESK
Established in Ireland: 2012
Employees in Ireland: 52
Head of Irish operations: Colum Twomey, VP of product engineering

Cloud-based customer service software company Zendesk has grown to serve over 40,000 customers in 140 countries and 40 languages since its foundation in 2007. Headquartered in San Francisco, it allows companies to interact with customers through a variety of media, from websites through phones to digital social media. It opened a modest Dublin engineering operation in 2012, growing in the past three years to a headcount of 52, and launching its first European Data Centre in March 2013 along the way. Last year the company officially opened its new Dublin Development Centre at Grand Parade in Ranelagh, with capacity for 150 employees. @Zendesk

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ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS
Established in Ireland: 2011

Games developer and publisher ZeniMax set up its European operations base in Galway in 2011, employing 180 staff in customer service roles. The Zenimax Media stable is behind titles such as The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, and is headquartered in Maryland, with an additional office in Texas. The company announced plans for 250 further jobs last year, proof positive that the gaming sector boom continues unabated, especially in the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) field in which ZeniMax specialises. The new roles will include 70 French and 30 German language speakers, as the company moves to serve customers through in-game chat and email.

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ZYNGA
Established in Ireland: 2010
Head of Irish operations: Paul McInerney, site director, Ireland and director Global Player Experience, Business Operations

Silicon Valley online gaming publisher Zynga was responsible for the Facebook-based hit FarmVille, and set up its Dublin office in 2010 on the back of huge growth. The NASDAQ-listed firm was founded in 2007, and has studios and offices all over the world with a reported 400m players of FarmVille and FarmVille 2, and 130m hands of poker played every day in Zynga Poker. The company’s Ballsbridge office handles customer services, including online community management, business functions and content management. This year, founder Mark Pincus stepped back in to lead the company, replacing former Microsoft Xbox head Don Mattrick. @zynga

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