Killing It On Four Continents (Part One)

Let’s take a moment to celebrate ten Irish companies we think are ‘killing it on four continents’.

We’re talking about the Irish (and/or Irish-led) tech companies who are radically changing their industries on a global basis. And don’t worry, this listicle is just the beginning – there are plenty more companies to come.

3D4 Medical
Founded in 2004 by CEO John Moore and Niall Johnson, 3D4 Medical put themselves on the map with their massive library of medical stock images – forging partnerships with the likes of Getty and Corbis – before diversifying into fitness and medical apps – to date, they’ve produced over a hundred of them, with over 9 million downloads to date – their iMuscle app sold over 1.5 million copies alone. Last year, they rejected a $30m takeover offer by a US group Emdeon – in July, Irish-based life sciences company Malin acquired a 38 per cent shareholding for a consideration of $16.4 million. Future plans include a move into the games market. @3D4Medical

Founded by Mark Roden and David Shackleton, Ding* is headquartered in Dublin, where they employ 150 people, with a further fifty employees across additional offices in Miami, Dubai, San Salvador, Bucharest and Dhaka. This year saw Ding* deliver their mobile top up service to up to 3.5 billion phones worldwide, buy out their US rival iSend and double their operation in size, bringing the total number of retail outlets they can access to 650,000 globally. @dingHQ

With headquarters in Dublin and offices in Chicago, London and Sydney, field service management tool FieldAware began life as a Trinity College spin-off founded by Ray Cunningham and Andronikos Nedos in 2009. At the end of 2014, they announced a $24 million funding round led by Summit Bridge Capital as well as a multi-million dollar investment from the Chinese government, and this summer debuted a new mobile product specifically targeting the waste management industry. @fieldaware

‘Social CRM’ platform Intercom was founded in 2011 by David Barrett, Eoghan McCabe, Ciaran Lee and Des Traynor, and has offices in Dublin and San Francisco. Their service is currently used by over 4000 businesses, including Heroku, Hootsuite and Yahoo, and last year announced a further $23 million in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners. In January, CEO McCabe said that Intercom is aiming to hit a valuation of $1bn within four years, with a view to taking the company public. @intercom

Founded in a Dublin basement by Joe Hogan (who remains their CTO) in 1999, Openet is a telecoms software vendor based in Dublin’s ParkWest Business Park. Their client list includes T Mobile, AT&T, Orange, Eircom and Omnitel. With a global team of over 800, investments in Openet total $55M – in 2014 their revenue topped €100M for the second consecutive year. @OpenetGlobal

Custom hardware manufacturing company PCH was founded in 1996 by Liam Casey, and currently has offices in San Francisco, Shenzhen and Cork – in 2014 alone they had recorded revenue of over $1 billion. Across four funding rounds they have raised $77 million over the years, with backers including Cross Creed Advisors, Norwest Venture Partners, Fund Capital USA and Northbrooks Investments. In March this year, they acquired US e-commerce site @PCH_Intl

Prodigiously successful since its founding in 2010 by Patrick and John Collison, Stripe offers an online payments platform. Across seven rounds, Stripe has raised a total of $200 million from backers including General Catalyst Partners, Thrive Capital, Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital, American Express and Visa, with whom they are currently working in partnership. They are currently recruiting for a new Dublin office, and earlier this week announced that it now supports China’s top e-payment platform Alipay, with 300 million registered users, almost half of the entire Chinese e-payments market. @stripe

SuperAwesome offers a kid-safe marketing platform, claiming an audience of 250 million kids globally, working with megabrands such as Mattel, Hasbro and Lego. Founded in 2013 by Dylan Collins, SuperAwesome has rapidly acquired mobile ad networks MobiGirl Media and Ad4Kids, and earlier this month announced a $7M series A round, intended to finance an expansion into the US and South-East Asian markets. @GoSuperAwesome

Based in Cork and founded in 2007 by Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey, Teamwork made headlines last year with their purchase of the domain name for $675,000: their project management software is used by over 20,000 companies in 147 countries, with clients like Adidas, Paypal, Ebay and Disney. They remain a privately owned company, with (their words) ‘no investors or bank loans to worry about’. @teamwork

Web Summit
Renowned as Europe’s biggest tech event, the Web Summit has gone global in recent years. Founded in 2009 by Paddy Cosgrave, the Dublin-based company has recently established conferences in Hong Kong (RISE), Las Vegas (Collision) and Belfast (EnterConf and MoneyConf). Over 50,000 people are predicted to attend Web Summit events this year, at least 20,000 of whom will attend the flagship Dublin summit. @WebSummit

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