Thursday 23 October 2014

'You can feel tech innovation culture taking hold' – Diona boss

Sarah Stack

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, pictured with former Tanaiste Mary Harney, who is
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with Graham Stubbs, CEO of Diona

THE head of a tech firm opening its new HQ in Dublin said he can not think of a better place to let his business grow.

Dublin-born Graham Stubbs, chief executive of Diona Technologies, is creating 40 new jobs in software engineering, services, and global business support at its hub on Lower Mount Street.

The firm provides supports to government social security, social services and health systems in several countries.

Mr Stubbs began his career in the technology sector in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1990s and says he sees signs of the same culture of innovation here.

"Working with our employees and business partners and watching what's happening near our offices, right on the edge of 'Silicon Docks' in Dublin, you can feel a technology innovation culture taking hold," he said.

"New ideas and attitudes are taking over and Diona is taking advantage of that innovative thinking through local partnerships. Ireland Inc is doing a fantastic job of cultivating the business and investment environment necessary for tech companies to start and grow, and Dublin is turning into a true technology epicentre.

"In the current climate, I can think of no better and more interesting place to start a business than in Ireland."

Set up in mid-2012, Diona was founded by Mr Stubbs and two former Curam Software executives, Anil Singaraju and John Polakowski. Former Tanaiste Mary Harney is a director of the firm, which employs more than 90 staff in eight countries and had sales of €6m in 2013.

The new posts, announced by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, will be filled over the next 12 to 18 months.

Irish Independent

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