Wednesday 22 October 2014

Irish entrepreneurs are the best in the business

Published 04/03/2014 | 02:30

Kevin Abosch of Kwikdesk

There is something of a gold rush under way to nab innovative online messaging technology. Happily, it is a home-grown start-up that looks set to benefit from it. Kwikdesk is a progressive idea, backed up by founders who combine strong creative instincts with well-rounded industry nous.

It follows an increasingly successful pattern of Irish tech start-ups mixing it with the very best in the business. In January, Dublin-based enterprise messaging firm Intercom raised €17m. Soon after, Cleverbug, raised over €4m for its bespoke greetings technology.

What appears to be happening is that the oft-mentioned 'tech ecosystem', partially spawned of big players establishing in Dublin, is starting to bear fruit.

It is also just good timing. At the global Mobile World Congress trade show last week, I found a growing sense of anxiety among telecoms and big web companies. There's a sea-change under way in how ordinary people communicate. And big firms are desperate to stay in touch with technology. Irish start-ups are moving up the food chain. Adrian Weckler

Irish Independent

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