Tuesday 22 May 2018

'I was at a U2 gig with Leo' - Paddy Cosgrave insists he has a good relationship with the Government under new Taoiseach

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Paddy Cosgrave has claimed that he has a good relationship with the Irish Government under the new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

"We have a great working relationship with the Government under Leo Varadkar. I was at the U2 gig with him. There are lots of positive things coming from it."

Cosgrave added that he also has a good relationship with the IDA.

Earlier today, the Web Summit founder announced that he will give away 50 tickets to every secondary school in Ireland to attend the Web Summit in Lisbon in November.

It's good news on the job front as the Web Summit is also set to hire 40 new employees over the next six months.

The new jobs include roles in Dublin, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

"Three months ago, we announced a recruitment drive for 40 positions. We filled these positions and a further five roles. Today we are announcing that we will fill another 40 positions over the next six months both in Dublin and new roles in San Francisco and Hong Kong.

"This is an exciting new chapter in Web Summit where we have scaled rapidly.

"Whilst we can no longer claim to be startup we have kept the disruptive spirit that has helped us grow so quickly," Paddy Cosgrave said.

At November's Web Summit in Lisbon, speakers are set to include the former president of France, Francois Hollande, as well as the CEO of Oracle, Mark Hurd and the former US vice president Al Gore.

CEOs from Google, Intel, Reddit and Microsoft are all expected to give talks at the event.

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