Weekend Takeaway: The business of tech, the tech of business

21 Sep 2018

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Essential weekend reading about the business of tech, from venture capital funding to IPOs, analytics, innovation and e-commerce.

Google’s ads boss says trust is the biggest issue facing the web

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Google’s Sridhar Ramaswamy pictured at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. Image: Noam Galai/Getty Images/TechCrunch/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The head of Google’s global ads business, Sridhar Ramaswamy, believes in the open web, but warns trust is crucial. He talks to John Kennedy.

Wake-up call as Irish venture capital falls and seed funding crashes

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Irish venture capital funding falls for the first time since 2011, while seed funding for early-stage start-ups crashes almost 40pc.

Hot ticket Eventbrite raises $230m in IPO

Eventbrite co-founder and CEO Julia Hartz on stage at the Female Founders Forum in Dublin, 2014. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

Eventbrite fares well on its first day of trading.

Retailers missing out as Ireland’s e-commerce spend reaches €12.3bn a year

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Retailers are letting sales slip through their fingers to overseas websites while just three in 10 SMEs can take orders through their websites.

Government announces new mandatory cybersecurity requirements

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Energy providers will be under the remit of the new cybersecurity rules. Image: Lumppini/Shutterstock

Minister Denis Naughten, TD, has announced important new security requirements for critical national infrastructure in Ireland.

Equinix spends €5m on Dublin land to build more data centres

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Equinix managing director for Ireland and emerging markets, Maurice Mortell. Image: Equinix

West Dublin is still booming in terms of data centres and soaring data volumes.

Innovators across Ireland lauded at Invention of the Year Awards

Prof Cian Ó Mathuna, Kieran Meade, Dr Aleksandra Augustyniak smiling in business clothing.

From left: Prof Cian Ó Mathúna, Kieran Meade and Dr Aleksandra Augustyniak. Image: Cathal Noonan

A plethora of fascinating projects received accolades at the Invention of the Year Awards, from a neonatal bovine vaccine to a ‘Photoshop for audio’.

Meet the ‘stats ambassadors’ taking the fear out of numbers

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Participants at the RSS statistical ambassador training day, with Joy Leahy and Dr Norma Bargary in centre. Image: bigTimages/RSS

Ireland now has two ‘stats ambassadors’ to boost the understanding and reporting of statistics. Dr Norma Bargary and Joy Leahy spoke to Dr Claire O’Connell.

Amazon unveils a smorgasbord of new connected devices

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AmazonBasics microwave. Image: Amazon

Amazon is planning to dominate the smart home market with Alexa-connected clocks and microwaves.

It’s a fast way to Tipperary as Siro expands to Nenagh and Roscrea

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Two more Tipperary towns to be connected to Siro’s 1Gbps network.