Sunday 18 February 2018

More technology jobs expected from Dublin Web Summit

Paddy Cosgrave, Organiser of the Dublin Web Summit
Paddy Cosgrave, Organiser of the Dublin Web Summit
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

The flow of technology jobs from the Dublin Web Summit looks set to continue, with new announcements today and hints of more to come.

While online shopping service Gilt earlier announced new investment in its Dublin facility that is expected to result in 45 engineering jobs over the next two years, other firms are lining up for short-term or long-term planning in Ireland.

“We’ve been looking closely at Ireland as a place to help us build the next great part of Evernote,” said productivity software firm Evernote’s chief executive, Phil Libin.

“Ireland is a really great place to be right now. I really think that most countries could learn from how Ireland attracts the best talent and the best companies.”

Mr Libin’s sentiments were echoed by DoubleClick and Mongodb founder, Dwight Merriman.

“We spent a lot of time looking at where to set up our European headquarters,” he said. “Ireland was the best place. I can see a lot more companies moving here.”

The tech executives were speaking a day after 10 companies announced over 350 new jobs in the tech sector in Ireland.

Having resolved the conference’s wifi problems, the Web Summit’s top draw today looks set to be techno-industrialist and Tesla Motors founder, Elon Musk. Mr Musk is expected to drive into the RDS in an electric car where he will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny to close the Web Summit.

Over 10,000 people attended the Web Summit, held in the RDS. The event has become Europe’s largest internet conference.

Irish Independent

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