The Irish Tech 100 (Part Two)

Powered by Cpl Recruitment: Welcome to the second installment of Business & Finance Magazine’s definitive guide to the top 100 performing tech companies across the island of Ireland. You can read the first part HERE.

Employees worldwide: 200
Established in Ireland: 2005
Head of Irish operations: Mark Roden, founder and CEO

With a belief that mobile phones can change people’s lives, Mark Roden established Ding to enable people from emerging markets working abroad to instantly transfer small values of airtime to friends’ and family’s mobile phones back home. The inspiration for Ding came in 2005, when Roden embarked on developing a technology to enable the instant delivery of airtime to mobile phones anywhere in the world. The leading mobile top-up provider has recently acquired iSend, the largest international top-up network in the US: the deal was part-funded by AIB Corporate Banking and doubles the size of Ding’s business globally and sees significant expansion of its retail distribution network across the Americas. Building on its already remarkable reach of 500,000 outlets globally, iSend brings an additional 150,000 retail stores, mainly in North America. Ding is headquartered in Dublin, with regional offices in North America, the Middle East and Europe. @dingHQ


Employees in Ireland: 2,800
Employees worldwide: 108,800
Established in Ireland: 1990
Head of Irish operations: Niamh Townsend, General Manager, Ireland

Dell Ireland, part of Dell, is a strategic global hub for sales, services and operations, employing over 2,800 people in Limerick and Dublin. Dell began manufacturing operations in Raheen, Limerick during 1990 with the official opening taking place in 1991. The Limerick operation now employs over 1,000 people and is a strategic global hub and centre of excellence for operations, services and a range of support functions such as HR, legal affairs, IT and finance. Dell Cherrywood is one of the largest customer centres of its kind in Ireland. It is home to 1,200 employees who are involved in multilingual technical sales and services. It is also an innovative global hub for a range of specialist functions that support Dell’s pan-EMEA and worldwide customer and technology business. In late 2013, Dell announced that it planned to create a further 300 jobs in Ireland through its new financial unit, Dell Bank, which aims to provide finance to business customers to allow them to buy Dell products. @DellIreland


Employees in Ireland: 150
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish operations: Colm Piercy, Founder and CEO

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Dublin, with additional offices in Cork, Dundalk, Waterford and Belfast, Digiweb is a full-service national communications and managed services provider. It provides nationwide broadband access, enterprise data networks, data centre and web hosting services, managed services and telephony to approximately 100,000 residential, business and public sector customers. The Digiweb Group now also comprises Smart Telecom, which it acquired in 2009. Other acquisitions by the group include Internet Ireland in 2010 and TalkTalk Ireland and Belgium, also in 2010. In May 2013, Digiweb was estimated to be worth close to €120m following a merger with Viatel, a London-based telecoms operator. The merger with Viatel gives Digiweb access to a large fibre network. It cost Viatel €1.2bn to develop and links 34 European cities over an 8,500km fibre network. @Digiweb_Ireland


Employees in Ireland: 100+
Established in Ireland: 2012
Head of Irish operations: Graham Stubbs, Co-Founder and CEO

Diona was founded in 2012 by Dublin-born Graham Stubbs, Anil Singaraju and John Polakowski. Headquartered in Ireland with offices in India, the UK, Germany, US, Canada, Dubai and New Zealand, Diona provides innovative mobility solutions and services to global government health and human services agencies. Last year, Diona announced it was recruiting 40 high-quality new positions following an investment of $5.5m. This year it was announced that Diona has been selected as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme. Stubbs said: “When Anil, JP and I founded the company we passionately believed we could build a successful, innovative enterprise mobility solutions and services company focused on helping governments help people. In our wildest dreams, we did not think that Diona would be recognised so quickly.” @DionaMobility


Employees in Ireland: 100
Established in Ireland: 2011
Head of Irish operations: Eamonn Fallon, CEO

Distilled Media is Ireland’s largest indigenous online publisher, delivering over 3m unique users and 165m page impressions per month. Operating some of Ireland’s most popular internet brands, including, Ireland’s largest property website;, Ireland’s largest online community;, a local classifieds marketplace for new and used items; and, an online news publication, Distilled Media was recognised as the fastest-growing technology and media company in Ireland at the 2009 Deloitte Fast 50 Awards, and also ranked 8th in the Fast 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Distilled Media, in its current state, was founded by brothers Eamonn and Brian Fallon in 2011. The Fallons originally founded in 1997 as a part-time project while the younger brother, Brian, was still in school. In 2004 the site’s popularity prompted them to make it a full-time project, which they grew and commercialised for the following four years. In March 2008, bought, Ireland’s oldest property website. In August of the same year the brothers took a minority stake in, Ireland’s largest community website, which attracts 1m users a month. In 2009, acquired one of its competitors in the lettings market,, and expanded into Northern Ireland. @Distilled_Media


Employees in Ireland: 60
Employees worldwide: 600
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Johann Butting, Head of EMEA

Established in San Francisco in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, the Dublin office of Dropbox was established in 2013 and was Dropbox’s first move outside of the US. The Dublin office is focused on supporting and growing the company’s EMEA consumer and business users, and since its establishment in Ireland the company is now serving all of its customers outside of North America via Dropbox Ireland. @Dropbox


Employees in Ireland: 600
Employees worldwide: 33,500
Established in Ireland: 2003

Founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, with over 145 million active buyers globally and more than 650 million items listed on the website, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace. eBay Inc first established in Ireland in 2003 and employed over 2,000 people across its eBay and PayPal facilities located at Blanchardstown in Dublin and Dundalk, Co. Louth. Earlier this year, eBay announced it was separating from PayPal and is now an independent company. @eBay


Employees in Ireland: 6,500
Established in Ireland: 1999
Head of Irish operations: Richard Moat, CEO

eir is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, with approximately 2m customers. The company provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data, broadband and ICT services to the residential, small business, enterprise and public sector markets. eir is a major contributor to the Irish economy, spending €1.3bn annually, equating to a daily spend of €5m. The group has constructed Ireland’s largest fibre broadband network, which will reach 1.2 million homes and businesses this year. The network will provide high-capacity connectivity across the country as well as in and out of Ireland. The first phase of eir’s €1.5bn five-year strategic investment in Ireland’s broadband infrastructure was launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in May 2013. Last year, the group also launched eir’s superfast fibre broadband product, eFibre, and within its mobile division, which operates under the Meteor and eMobile brands, eir launched a range of mobile plans. The group also acquired new spectrum licences and over the next five years will spend €350m to roll out improved 3G services and launch high-speed 4G mobile broadband for customers. @eir


Employees in Ireland: 3,000
Employees worldwide: 60,000
Established in Ireland: 1998
Head of Irish operations: Bob Savage, Vice President and Managing Director, Ireland

A Fortune 500 company, EMC is a global provider of IT that enables customers to store, manage, protect and analyse data through cloud computing products and services. The company employs 60,000 people worldwide and is represented by approximately 400 sales offices in 86 countries around the world. EMC established a presence in Ireland in 1988 with its first manufacturing facility outside of North America in Ovens, Co. Cork, followed by sales offices in Dublin (1990) and Belfast (2005). The Cork facility has become a multi-functional campus and it is the largest manufacturing site of EMC outside of the US. The campus also hosts EMC’s International Executive Briefing Centre, Global Solutions Centre, Worldwide Customer Service Centre, VMware support services, software development and shared services functions. EMC now employs over 3,000 people in Ireland between all EMC sites, including VMware, RSA, and Decho. In 2013, they announced the creation of a further 200 highly skilled jobs and the opening of a new EMC office in Mahon, Co. Cork, as part of a fresh €100m investment in Ireland. According to Bob Savage, EMC will continue to invest in and expand its operations in Cork as part of its ongoing commitment to the region. @EMCcorp


Employees in Ireland: 30
Employees worldwide: 130
Established in Ireland: 2011
Head of Irish operations: John Dillon, CEO

Established in 2006, Engine Yard is a leading cloud application management platform, empowering developers and DevOps to provision, manage, monitor and control applications in the public and private cloud. The company is backed by Benchmark, New Enterprise Associates, Oracle and Amazon. Engine Yard currently serves thousands of customers, ranging from fast-growing web start-ups to large enterprises in 58 countries, and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Portland, Tokyo and Dublin. In 2011, Engine Yard established its EMEA headquarters in Dublin when it acquired Dublin-based PHP PaaS start-up Orchestra. Earlier this year the company announced that it has acquired OpDemand, the developer of Deis, the first open-source application platform purpose-built for Docker. With the addition of OpDemand, Engine Yard can offer customers more flexibility in application languages. @engineyard


Employees in Ireland: 1,400+
Employees worldwide: 110,000+
Established in Ireland: 1957
Head of Irish operations: Traoloch Collins, managing director

Ericsson is the fifth-largest software company in the world and a leader in communications technology and services. The company has had a presence in Ireland since 1957 and is one of the country’s leading providers of telecommunications infrastructure and services. Ericsson currently employs more than 1,400 people across research and development, global services and sales in two geographical locations, Dublin and Athlone. In May 2014, Ericsson announced plans to expand its Irish operations with the creation of an additional 120 jobs in 2014. However, when the Swedish company announced that it was cutting 2,200 jobs across its global operation, the Irish operation was hit with the news that there would be 100 job losses. @ericsson


Employees in Ireland: 63
Employees worldwide: 169
Established in Ireland: 1989
Head of Irish operations: Liam Church, CEO

Escher Group has revolutionised and transformed digital point-of-service solutions throughout the world and has grown into a global presence with offices in Dublin, Boston, Washington, London, Singapore and South Africa. Capitalising on the success of its award-winning and first-to-market messaging platform, Escher Group is a world leader in digital point-of-service solutions. Escher boasts a diverse portfolio of innovative and cutting-edge technologies, including retail and financial solutions to facilitate secure transactions across any channel, a patented digital communications platform to support eGovernment and digital city agendas, and a range of mobile commerce solutions designed to drive retail customer acquisition and retention, including mobile wallet, identity, and loyalty solutions. @escher_group


Employees in Ireland: 500
Employees worldwide: 4,900
Established in Ireland: 2009
Head of Irish operations: Gareth Lambe, Managing Director, Ireland

Facebook established its EMEA headquarters, its largest office outside of the company’s global headquarters in California, in Dublin in 2009 and has contributed €165.7m to the Irish economy and supported over 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ireland. In February 2013 Facebook announced plans to create a further 100 jobs Ð bringing the total number of employees at the company’s Dublin Docklands office to 500. Recently it was announced that the Irish managing director, Sonia Flynn, is leaving the group this summer to join Swedish audio platform company SoundCloud. She will be succeeded by Gareth Lambe, currently sales, planning and operations director at Facebook EMEA. He has been with Facebook for four years, previously ran its advertising operations, and also served as acting head of office for Facebook Ireland in 2013. @facebook


Employees in Ireland: 500+
Established in Ireland: 1996

Fidelity Investments is an international provider of financial services and investment resources and solutions for individuals and institutions. Fidelity has its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and has offices in most major cities in the world. Fidelity Investments Ireland was established in 1996 as the organisation’s European offshore development centre. Since then it has continued to expand and invest in its Irish operations. Last year the company announced it was opening its second Dublin office and would be hiring up to 200 new employees to provide support for its global operations. @Fidelity


Employees in Ireland: 400
Established in Ireland: 1993
Head of Irish operations: Michael Kelly, Founder and CEO

Michael Kelly is founder and CEO of FINEOS Corporation, a privately funded Dublin-based global provider of enterprise software solutions for the financial services industry. FINEOS is one of Ireland’s greatest software success stories, and since its establishment in 1993 it has grown to become a leading provider of group and individual software solutions for the global life, accident and health insurance industry. Its clients include the top companies in the world inlcuding eight of the top 20 life, accident and health insurance carriers in the US.The company won numerous awards and accolades, one of which was Kelly’s selection as the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. @fineos


Employees in Ireland: 300+
Employees worldwide: 2,000+
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Mark Hegarty, International Controller

In 2013 FireEye, a provider of software protection against web and email next-generation security threats, announced it was establishing its EMEA technical support centre in Cork, creating 150 new jobs. A year later, the security software provider acquired Mandiant in a deal worth an estimated $1.05bn, and also announced it would be doubling its workforce in Ireland. Initially, FireEye’s Irish operations were focused on being a tech support hub here. However, the tech firm saw greater opportunities and is continuing to scale up its business in Ireland. @FireEye


Employees in Ireland: 1,200
Established in Ireland: 1996
Head of Irish operations: Brian Conlon, CEO

First Derivatives is a leading provider of products and consulting services to the capital markets industry. Focused on financial institutions that work cross-asset, often with multi-system and/or high-volume trading activities, the company scopes, designs, develops, implements and supports a broad range of mission-critical data and trading systems across front, middle and back-office operations. Incorporated in 1996, First Derivatives has served the capital markets industry ever since. The company continues to work closely with leading global financial institutions to enable client proprietary and third-party systems cope with the demands of high volume, complex trading in an increasingly regulated market. First Derivatives is a publicly held company, trading on the London Stock Exchange and Irish Stock Exchange. The company is headquartered in Newry, Northern Ireland, from where it has established its research and development centre, its Capital Markets Competency Centre and its near-shore support facilities. The company has continued to expand its service offering and now has operational bases in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia servicing its global client base, and now employs over 1,000 employees worldwide. @FDplc


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Employees in Ireland: 250+
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish operations: Fergus De Burca, Managing Director

Fonua was founded in Ireland in 1997 and provides solutions for the mobile telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. With annual turnover exceeding €300m, Fonua ranks in the top 250 companies in Ireland. Customers include blue chip multinational teleco companies as well as major multiples such as Tesco, DSG, HMV, Carphone Warehouse and Harvey Norman. Fergus De Burca joined Fonua in 2000 and became managing director in 2008 following a management buyout headed by chairman Don Maher.


Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Alan Meaney, CEO & Co-Founder

Fund Recs was founded in 2013 when the company founders were approached by a large bank to develop a new reconciliation platform for its fund administration unit. With over 25 years’ operational and technology experience between them, the company launched VELOCITY Ð a platform that enables fund administrators to process valuations faster and with greater insights. Fund Recs has offices in Dublin and Waterford, and continues to expand through partnership and investment. @FundRecs


Employees in Ireland: 800+
Employees worldwide: 170,000
Established in Ireland: 2009
Head of Irish operations: Tony O’Malley, CEO, Ireland

Fujitsu is among the top five IT solutions providers in Ireland, offering a full portfolio of IT products, solutions and services to the public and private sector. It is the largest Japanese employer in Ireland, with over 800 employed here. The company manages almost 1.5m mobile phone subscribers here, with 9.2m text messages and 8.6m calls daily. Fujitsu also supports 1,000 staff in the Irish Courts Service, including 150 members of the judiciary in 70 locations across Ireland. @fujitsu_ie


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Employees in Ireland: 2,500
Established in Ireland: 2003
Head of Irish operations: Ronan Harris, Managing Director, Google Ireland

The establishment of Google’s EMEA HQ in Dublin’s Barrow Street in 2004 proved to be a pinnacle moment for Ireland’s reputation as a tech hub and a great place to do business. With over 65 nationalities working at its European base, Dublin is now Google’s largest operation outside of the US, and is growing year-on-year. Google has become the flagship for FDI in Ireland and the reputational benefit of Google’s choice of Dublin as its EMEA headquarters has undoubtedly proven to be of even greater value than the significant employment value itself. In April, Ronan Harris succeeded John Herlihy as the head of Google’s Irish operations; in August the company announced it would build a second Irish data centre in Dublin, investing €150m in the project and employing 400 people during the construction phase. @TwitterDublin


Employees in Ireland: 4,000+
Employees worldwide: 176,000
Established in Ireland: 1975
Head of Irish operations: Martin Murphy, Managing Director

Founded in 1939, Hewlett-Packard (HP) is one of the world’s largest technology companies, operating in more than 170 countries globally. Its headquarters is in Palo Alto, California and its portfolio spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. HP Ireland, headquartered in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, runs nine businesses at five sites with over 4,500 employees across the island. The Leixlip facility is a centre of excellence for HP’s large worldwide outsourcing contracts. The company also has operations in Ballybrit, Co. Galway, Clonskeagh, Dublin, and Newtownabbey, Belfast. HP currently employs around 4,000 people here, and has invested over $1bn over the last 20 years. @hewlettpacka_dp


Employees in Ireland: 50
Employees worldwide: 70,000
Established in Ireland: 2004
Head of Irish operations: Martin Xu, Managing Director

Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, announced in early 2013 that it was opening a new research and development centre spread across two sites in Cork and Dublin. The 50 jobs created will see highly skilled research professionals contribute a broad range of skills and expertise to the company’s global operations. In July, Huawei announced it had bought the software technology of Irish company Amartus and that as part of the deal Amartus’ senior team and product staff based in Ireland will join Huawei. @HuaweiIreland


Employees in Ireland: 85
Employees worldwide: 700
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Jeetu Mahtani, Managing Director

HubSpot was founded in 2006 and its integrated set of applications allows businesses to attract, engage and delight customers by delivering inbound experiences that are relevant, helpful and personalised. HubSpot’s vision and platform has seen increasing demand in international markets and that resulted in the launch of its European HQ in Dublin in January 2013. CEO Brian Halligan and CTO Dharmesh Shah founded the American company in 2006, and it now represents more than 9,000 companies in 56 countries. @HubSpot


Employees in Ireland: 3,000
Employees worldwide: 434,246
Established in Ireland: 1956
Head of Irish operations: Peter O’Neill, Country General Manager

IBM, the American tech and consulting corporation with headquarters in New York, first opened an Irish office at the Shelbourne Hotel in 1956. Today, IBM Ireland comprises a workforce of over 3,000 employees working across a broad range of businesses and locations. These include IBM Ireland, which has nationwide responsibilities for delivering sales, marketing and services across the Irish market; a technology campus in Mulhuddart, Dublin, which hosts IBM’s globally integrated international missions and delivers services, manufacturing, research and software development together with laboratories in Cork and Galway for the world market; and IBM’s European sales and services support centre based in Blanchardstown, Dublin, which delivers to the European market. @ibm_in_ireland




Originally published in Business & Finance Magazine.

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