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Soundwave nears real-time success

Soundwave nears real-time success | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
One of the big things that we wanted to do, was cover everything. The one category we were missing was the younger people who didn’t have a credit card to get a Spotify account. They are all listening to music on YouTube,” said Mr Sliney.

Soundwave, who raised $1.5m (€1.1m) in seed venture capital from Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, and ACT Venture Capital, have developed an algorithm that distinguishes what music is being listened to on YouTube.

“It is huge for us. It was the only demographic we were missing.” 

Soundwave, which has been downloaded by 750,000 people around the world so far, is now in a position to provide companies and users with information on exactly what music is being listened to anywhere in the world in real-time.

This kind of analytics is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the world, with Apple paying $200m (€145m) for Topsy, a company that produces real-time Twitter analytics last week.

Mr O’Driscoll does not dismiss the comparison between Soundwave and Topsy. “Yeah, you could say that. Our ultimate aim is to try stitch all the music players back together. It is very fragmented at the moment.” .
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Irish Minister explores Kenya trade links - Independent.ie

Irish Minister explores Kenya trade links - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello pledged to strengthen business links with Ireland and the emerging African market as he arrived in Nairobi.

The visit is part of the Irish government's Africa Strategy - an initiative that stresses the need to think beyond aid to develop stronger political and economic ties with African nations.

The strategy identified Kenya as a priority country, citing its potential for growth and its position as a gateway for the East Africa region.

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Ireland Heads Forbes' List Of The Best Countries For Business

Ireland Heads Forbes' List Of The Best Countries For Business | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
The Irish economy was hammered in the Great Recession, but its pro-business environment signals a brighter future.
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Ulster Bank extends a helping hand to farmers across Ireland - Agriland

Ulster Bank extends a helping hand to farmers across Ireland - Agriland | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Research into the agricultural sector has found that 67% of young Irish farmers expect to succeed to their family farm between the ages of 25-35 year.
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The Education in Ireland Brazilian Reception (Dublin Castle)

Education in Ireland hosted a reception for the Brazil Students who are currently studying in Ireland. Guest speakers were, Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Educat...
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Highland Radio – Latest Donegal News and Sport » Jimmy Harte set to make a full recovery

Highland Radio – Latest Donegal News and Sport » Jimmy Harte set to make a full recovery | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Good to hear that #JimmyHarte is on the path to recovery, best wishes to Jimmy and family

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Training Programme - Entrepreneurship - Trinity Research & Innovation : Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland

Trinity Research and Innovation (Enjoyed presenting to students of the TCD Entrepreneur Programme today for @dublinceb http://t.co/SOmC4bybXc)
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Billy Linehan

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Dublin City Enterprise Board, the state funded agency that helps start up and micro businesses in Dublin city with enterprise information, advice, training, mentoring, networking and in some cases financial assistance.
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Filtrex District Heating installation for Tralee Urban District Council, Co.Kerry, Ireland @filtrexbio described by Duncan Stewart

Duncan Stewart describes the Tralee District heating system
Filtrex are proud to be involved in the Moyderwell project in Deans Lane, Tralee. This project provides district heating of 1,000kW heat for over 40 apartments, a convent and a library with a state of the art biomass boiler system. The boilers are fed by wood chips stored in a bunker adjacent to the boiler room. The amount of heat used in measured By a heat meter and the users are only billed for the kWh they use.  See more about Filtrex biomass engineering systems  and maintenace services  at  www.filtrex.ie . To contact info@filtrex.ie    PHONE 00 353 1 807 1220 

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Filtrex is an Irish company dedicated to the design and development of Waste to Energy Systems.They specialise in the design of energy efficient systems that control energy consumption and reduce running costs. We are committed to promoting the use of wood and wood by products as a renewable fuel for the future.

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Anand Sharma meets Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - CIOL

Anand Sharma meets Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - CIOL | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

 

The two Ministers held talks on trade and commercial ties between the two countries

News | CIOL Bureau

 

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India met Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland during his visit to India.

The two Ministers held talks on trade and commercial ties between the two countries and the deepening Indian-Ireland relationship as well as the EU- India FTA negotiations and other issues on international trade. They agreed to work together to further improve bilateral trade and commercial links.

 

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Ireland most effective in EU for business tax

Ireland most effective in EU for business tax | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Effective rate for corporation tax close to EU average, report finds

 

Ireland is the top country in the EU when it comes to the ease with which businesses can handle their tax obligations, according to a new study.

The latest annual Paying Taxes report from the World Bank/PwC ranks Ireland sixth in the world in terms of the ease of paying business taxes.

It finds that the fictional business used in its study would have to devote 80 hours complying with the Irish tax regime compared to an average in Europe of 179 hours.

Ireland also scored well on the number of taxes that a business had to deal with, and the total tax take from corporate profits (25.7 per cent as against an EU average of 41.1 per cent).

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A real attraction for doing business in Ireland, less bureaucracy and time saving.

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Startup Ireland - What's the best Irish startup online information resource?

Startup Ireland - What's the best Irish startup online information resource? | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
What's the best Irish startup online information resource? 1. http://slidesha.re/1gKZwb1 2.http://bit.ly/1gKZPCD 3. http://bit.ly/1j5nRF4 4.http://bit.ly/1aq9c5x 5. http://bit.ly/I0UGbs Manager's Choice

Eoin Killian CostelloNew Frontiers Startup Programme Manager @ DIT Hothouse - Co-Founder Startup Ireland

 

  1. Frontline Irish Startup Guide 2. How To Get €100,000 free.... 3. Irish Startup Events Universe 4. Ireland's Startup Wiki 5. Dublin Startup Digest
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Startup Ireland has emerged as one of the best StartUp Resources for Irish companies on Linkedin.

Cofounded by Eoin Costelloe, it features posts with a focus on tech startups, many will also be of intereset to the wider startup business community.

One great strength is that it is moderated, so does not feature posts from the usual Linkedin group 'spammers' - they know who they are!

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Aditi Tech, Synowledge plan operations in Ireland

Aditi Tech, Synowledge plan operations in Ireland | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
MUMBAI, NOV 18:  

IT service companies Aditi Technologies and Synowledge are to set up shop in Ireland with an eye on strengthening focus on the European market.

The two companies are to create 75 new jobs in the country, according to news reports in the Irish media.

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Cybercrime: Protecting the Individual and Small Businesses Online - Brian Honan - 15 Nov 2013 Mansion House Dublin

On 15 Nov 2013, Dublin Ireland, the IIEA Cybersecurity Conference brought together an array of high-profile EU and international speakers, and was a major in...
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Advice from cyber security expert Brian Honan.

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Competitive Start Fund (CSF) - 7 Key Tips | Venture Legal Services

7 Key tips to make it easier for companies that have been successful in competing for CSF to draw down the first tranche (€25,000) of their investment from Enterprise Ireland.
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Scientist-developed malware covertly jumps air gaps using inaudible sound (Wired UK)

Scientist-developed malware covertly jumps air gaps using inaudible sound (Wired UK) | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate, a capability that allows the malware to covertly transmit keystrokes and other sensitive data even when infected machines have no network connection...
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This sounds scarey........

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Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach

Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
The Abbey Theatre is the national theatre of Ireland.
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Irish BANKS REFUSING 50% OF SME APPLICATIONS

Irish BANKS REFUSING 50% OF SME APPLICATIONS | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

 

 

·         Demand for SME lending up to 37% from 36% in previous quarter.

·         59% of firms say banks making it more difficult to access finance.

·         Only 5% of SMEs satisfied with Government intervention in SME lending.

·         Delays in bank lending decisions used as a cynical smokescreen.

·         Improvement from 5 to 4 weeks for initial decision still too long.

·         Cost of banking continues to increase.

 

 

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Africa's first start-up bus hits the road

Africa's first start-up bus hits the road | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Imagine a bus, jam-packed with uber-geeks from different countries, taking on a four-day brainstorming marathon across Southern Africa.

Well, imagine no more because it has just become a reality.

 

Founded by Elias Bizannes in 2010, StartupBus is a voluntarily run programme by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs who are devoted to problem-solving around the world through technology.

 

StartupBus has completed several journeys throughout Europe and the US since 2010, and now for the first time it has touched African soil, completing 1,500 miles from Zimbabwe to South Africa.

 

"I'm very excited about StartupBus Africa because the growth potential of Africa is enormous and we have had a huge interest," says Fabian-Carlos Guhl, co-conductor of StartupBus.

 

More than 200 people applied and from them only 30 entrepreneurs were chosen - the ones with the most proven track record - along with 10 mentors.

 

'In Africa, for Africa'

The organisers believe an initiative like StartupBus can really flourish in Africa - a continent that is in the midst of a technological revolution.

 

StartupBus co-conductor Chris Pruijsen explains why the bus is oiling the wheels of creativity.

While most business opportunities for satisfying basic needs have been exhausted in Europe, Africa is still thirsty for solutions to all kinds of problems, such as access to healthcare, education and electricity.

And, according to StartupBus co-conductor Chris Pruijsen, mobile technology is where most of the answers lie.

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Sharjah-based firm, Irish conglomerate Glen Dimplex launch JV

Sharjah-based firm, Irish conglomerate Glen Dimplex launch JV | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Sharjah-based Kingston Holdings and Irish multinational conglomerate Glen Dimplex announced on Wednesday the launch of Xpelair Middle East, a joint venture that seeks to provide customers access to the full range of Glen Dimplex products.

The launch product will be Xpelair range of energy-efficient ventilation and cooling products which the joint venture plans to locally manufacture in three years. The total investment for the production unit is estimated to be $33 million.

 

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Firms ask staff to work extra shifts ahead of ESB union blackout/mail threat - Independent.ie

Firms ask staff to work extra shifts ahead of ESB union blackout/mail threat - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

MANUFACTURING companies are asking staff to work additional shifts over the next fortnight so they can ensure pre-Christmas orders are met even if ESB workers go ahead with strike action.

 

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) said companies were so worried about potential power cuts they were requesting staff to do extra work.

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said firms manufacturing white goods, such as kitchen appliances, were rushing to meet export orders for the UK and elsewhere amid fears of blackouts after December 16.

"A number of companies have told us they made this request to their staff and to a man everybody said yes," he said.

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Bizarre that who are widely regarded as the best paid and perked employees in the state sponsored sector  are now going on strike.

 

Cynical move before Christmas aimed to stress the elderly and sick, and to sabotage business.

 

Best reason for privitisation of electrical power, grid and power generation.

 

 

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Ireland is Europe's most entrepreneurial country: Fact or fiction? Finfact.ie

Ireland is Europe's most entrepreneurial country: Fact or fiction? Finfact.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

A survey of venture capital per capita suggests that Ireland is "Europe's most entrepreneurial country." Is this a fact or a fiction?

Earlier in the week, we reported that the European Commission's top 1,000 corporate R&D spenders included 16 Irish companies - - which last year was a big factor in Ireland being included in a fantasy 'Innovation Indicator.' This issue was easy to explain as most of the companies were American and were nominally 'Irish' because of the location of their headquarters in Ireland for tax purposes, while most or all of their R&D was not done in Ireland.    

Last July we reported on an officially financed study: Number of early-stage entrepreneurs in Ireland is low and falling.

CELTAR Adviser's insight:

What is happening in the startup economy in Ireland, is it in growth or decline.

Mark Fielding of ISME states the cost of doing business in Ireland is making the country uncompetitive, and that is what the government should focus on..

Finfact.ie is always a useful source for commentary on - in this case -Entrepreneurialism in Ireland.

 

Behind all the smoke of PR and so called "Public Affairs" reps from government, state sponsored bodies, professional service suppliers & all the vested interests - what is the true story about startups in Ireland? Are taxpayers getting a Return on Investment over time, are government policies being successful in supporting specific sectors of startups? Are other countries performing better with less or different types of policy intervention in enterprise  development? 

 

Certainly Richard Bruton and other government politicians -  and folk at the  IDA, Enterprise Ireland and CEBs I work with - are working their socks off - but over time how is the success of their endeavours being measured in the broader statup arena?

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Dublin digital marketing firm in landmark deal with golf legend Jack Nicklaus's firm

Dublin digital marketing firm in landmark deal with golf legend Jack Nicklaus's firm | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Golfgraffix, a Dublin-based golf marketing company, has signed a multi-year deal with golf legend Jack Nicklaus's company Nicklaus Design to bring its interactive digital marketing products to the US and China.
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Bus, Rail & Carsharing in Ireland - GetThere.ie

Bus, Rail & Carsharing in Ireland - GetThere.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Ireland's best transport portal.

 

Rail & Bus Services Covered:  |  Air Coach   |  Airport Hopper   |  Ballyvaughan Bay Hop   |  Bernard Kavanagh Coaches   |  Body&Soul Bus   |  Burkesbus   |  Bus4u   |  Bus Éireann   |  Buslink   |  Carrolls Coaches   |  Citylink   |  Clare Accessible Transport   |  Collins Coaches   |  Dualway Coaches   |  Dublin Coach   |  Edward Moore Coaches   |  Express Bus   |  Farragher Coaches   |  Feda O'Donnell Coaches   |  Gallaghers Coaches   |  Go Bus   |  Halpenny Transport   |  Horans Coaches   |  Inishowen Rural Transport   |  Ireland West Coaches   |  Irish Rail   |  J.J. Kavanagh Coaches   |  John McGinley Coaches   |  Kearns Transport   |  Kelly Travel   |  Lough Swilly Bus Company   |  Mangan Tours   |  Martleys   |  Matthews   |  McConnon's Buses   |  McGeehan Coaches   |  Sillan Tours   |  Slieve Bloom Coaches   |  St. Kevin's Bus   |  SuirWay   |  Swords Express   |  thebus.ie   |  West Link Coaches   |  Wexford Bus   |  Whartons 

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the IRISH NEWS: Published 18/11/2013 - New cross-border alliance to drive growth

the IRISH NEWS: Published 18/11/2013 - New cross-border alliance to drive growth | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
* LAUNCH: A new cross-border business alliance has been formed to drive economic growth and job creation through collaboration and innovation in the sustainable energy sector.

 

Pictured are Eco Hub members Clare McAllister of Electric Ireland, David McDonnell, manager of Smart Eco Hub, and Darren Mawhinney, strategic business development director of Glen Dimplex

 
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