Dublin Tech News: Intercom, TeamWork, PennyOwl & More

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The week in local tech happenings, sampled:

Intercom publish new book, Intercom on Customer Engagement:

Via The Intercom Blog: Every message a company sends is an attempt to get the recipient to either feel something, know something, do something or say something. At its core, messaging is all about increasing engagement. Our first book, Intercom on Product Management, focused on how product managers can improve their product with a better understanding of who is using it and how, and how effective messaging can influence product usage. This second book, Intercom on Customer Engagement, is all about creating those effective messages. DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY HERE

Ireland named a ‘standout’ country among world’s fastest-moving digital economies:

From Silicon Republic: Ireland has been listed alongside Israel and Singapore as a ‘standout’ country by the Harvard Business Review — one of the economies where the digital economy is moving at its fastest. The Harvard Business Review defines ‘standout’ countries as those that have shown high levels of digital development in the past and continue to remain on an upward trajectory. READ MORE

Cork-based company Teamwork.com set for rapid expansion:

From The Irish Times: ‘Cork-based software company Teamwork is set to nearly double its staff between now and Christmas, according to its vice president of growth and marketing. The firm currently employs about 50 people and hopes to add 40 more by the end of this year, according to Donal Cahalane. Teamwork had 14 employees when Cahalane joined one year ago. “We literally can’t hire people fast enough,” he said. READ MORE

Harnessing artificial intelligence to ramp up value in food firms:

From The Irish Independent: Dr. Nora Khaldi is the founder of Nuritas, a company that uses artificial intelligence and “machine learning” to identify new food ingredients with health benefits for people suffering from metabolic diseases like diabetes. “It’s very hard to put in a nutshell!” Khaldi says. “We’re looking at food in a very, very different way, we’re looking at food on the molecular level and the genome level, and we’re identifying novel, completely new ingredients within food, molecules within food, that have an effect.” Khaldi was the standout performer at the Irish Technology Leadership Group’s (ITLG) Silicon Valley Tech Summit on Tuesday, at which a new $50m (€45m) agtech fund was launched by ITLG co-founder John Hartnett’s SVG Partners. READ MORE

Pocket money app PennyOwl raises $1.3m in seed funding:

From The Irish Times: Children’s pocket money app PennyOwl has raised $1.3 million in funding, in a seed round that included support from Flipside Investments’ Richard Fontaine, Silicon Valley Bank and Enterprise Ireland. The app, which aims to teach children about money management, is expected to use the funding to expand its team as it officially launches. The company, which is led by brothers Seamus and Gene Matthews, intends to add another 30 jobs as it increases its customer offering in the United States and other international markets. PennyOwl officially launches on June 10th in the US, and will open its New York office on the same day. READ MORE

TADHack hackathon returns to Dublin and 14 other world cities

From Silicon Republic: For the second year, the Telecom Application Developer Hackathon – or TADHack – comes to Dublin to pit Irish teams against some of the world’s best to build a software-centric telecom application developer ecosystem. Last year, TADHack had close to 700 global registrations, more than 60 hacks were generated in Madrid and its five satellites locations, and there were 126 simultaneous viewings of the live streamed event. And, like last year, Dublin will be connected live to each of the other locations — 14 this year — including the US, the UK, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Israel, Turkey, Australia and Argentina, on 13 and 14 June, with the event taking place in the NDRC offices in The Digital Exchange in Dublin 8. READ MORE

And finally… A look at Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab:

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