Kerry e-learning firm tops Deloitte Fast 50

19 Oct 2007

A Tralee-based e-learning firm that counts organisations like NASA and Yale University has been recognised as the fastest growing company in Ireland.

PulseLearning, which was set up in 1999 with an initial investment of €10, has achieved an aggregate growth in revenue of 2,838.7pc in the last five years.

The independently audited Tralee company, which employs 85 people, has been audited independently by Deloitte and is counted as one of the fastest growing e-learning companies in the EMEA region and the third-fastest growing in the world for the past three years.

By 2009 founder and CEO Jim Breen wants PulseLearning to be one of the top five publicly quoted learning organisations in the world.

PulseLearning’s client list includes 23 companies that read like a who’s who of the Fortune 2000: including Dell, Philips, Pfizer, Roche, CA, Shering-Plough, Citigroup and Bank of America.

“The beauty of PulseLearning as an organisation is it has a culture of shared responsibility,” Breen told in a recent interview. “Everyone in the organisation has authority, power and challenges. Everybody is accountable to everyone else. We were doubling in size every six months so we had no room for fiefdoms or squabbles. Just no time for it. We only had time to think thoroughly and strategically.

“We approached every task with a ‘do it slowly first time and get it right’ approach. With clients like Citibank you don’t get a second chance,” Breen said.

The runner-up spot was taken by mobile services firm Zamano, which achieved an aggregate growth rate of 1,998.5pc, and pipped broadband provider Digiweb to second place.

This year, there were two winners in the Rising Star category, which recognises younger companies with the fastest growth in turnover over the past three years.

Daft Media Ltd was the Republic of Ireland’s representative, with Stirk Lamont Associates, a technology business solutions company representing Northern Ireland.

By John Kennedy