Friday 23 February 2018

Dublin Web Summit: Jobs and investment on the way as bosses praise our policy

At the summit were Mel Challis from DYN, an internet infrastructure service provider
At the summit were Mel Challis from DYN, an internet infrastructure service provider

Peter Flanagan New Technology Correspondent

THE head of Canadian social media company Hootsuite says his firm is very likely to open an office in Dublin as it expands into Europe.

Ryan Holmes, who founded the company in 2008, said there was a "very good chance" he would open up here as the company moves beyond its North American base.

"We have 230 employees at the moment and recently opened a small company in London.

"As I am learning about the European, Middle East and African markets, and I'm learning a lot about Dublin in particular and Ireland overall, I think there is a very good chance we will open an office here.

"That is a product of being here and seeing people and hearing new stories," he added.

Mr Holmes was speaking to reporters at the launch of the 'Founders' summit, which is following on from the Dublin Web Summit (DWS) that concluded yesterday.

Hootsuite is a website and application that allows users to "curate" their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts from one site. It has around five million users, including a host of Fortune 100 companies.

Mr Holmes went on to praise the IDA in particular for the work they have done in pitching Ireland to technology companies.

"It is impressive. I can absolutely see the effort that is being put in, and I can see there is a certain intent to it; it's not just about getting bodies in and then leaving them to it."

The news that Hootsuite is likely to set up here will be a huge boon to the state agency, which has made no secret of its desire to attract smaller companies growing quickly beyond the likes of Google and Microsoft.

Mr Holmes's comments were echoed by Flipboard founder Mike McCue, who has previously set up a number of different firms.

"I've been hearing about Ireland since the 1990s and the talent pool here is certainly something we want to tap into. It's definitely something we want to look at more closely in the next year-and-a-half," he claimed.

The DWS has met with near universal praise from the technology community. PCH International boss Liam Casey said it was impossible to put a value on the event.

"This is what a lot of guys who have come from overseas see when they come to Ireland for the first time.

"For a lot of them, this is their only impression of Ireland and that's very important," he said.

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong, meanwhile, said he planned to grow the company's operations in Ireland.

"We currently have expanded plans for Dublin, which include hiring more head count.

"We are very focused on hiring software engineers and we are starting to use Dublin for training and other facilities across Europe," he said.

Irish Independent

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