Weekend takeaway: Don’t be down in the Trumps

11 Nov 2016

If the Trump victory in the US elections has dampened your spirits, this essential reading should brighten your weekend. Image: Igor Stevanovic/Shutterstock

After a week of surprises from the Trump victory in the US to India’s rupee, we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world this week.

1. Business leaders fear what Trump presidency will mean for trade

A protectionist trade approach and a simplified tax code could threaten the prospects for US companies investing in Ireland – a big fear for business leaders.

2. What is the rest of the world searching about Donald Trump?

As the aftermath of Donald Trump’s electoral victory rumbles on, the rest of the world is busy searching online to see what his policies are, discovering some interesting results.

3. In wake of Donald Trump victory, Microsoft thinks we need a ‘digital reset’

The aftermath of the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election has resulted in quite the polarisation of opinion online, but now ahead of World Kindness Day, Microsoft has called on a charter for ‘digital civility’.

4. In a dark week, we find light in career development

In a week dominated by news of the US election, any good news was welcome – especially news that translates to the growth of tech sector jobs.

5. Dogpatch has a new patch – 40,000 sq ft extra space includes urban garden

Dogpatch Labs has expanded its start-up and co-working space to nearly 40,000 sq ft, spanning three floors, including a new indoor urban garden on the upper mezzanine floor.

6. India’s surprise rupee chop a dream for fintech companies

India made the shock move to get rid of two of its lower levels of cash notes this week, in the latest bid to go fully digital. The fintech world is excited.

7. Offaly is set to be home to a ‘treemendous’ ecological wonder

Ireland is set to be home to one of the most ambitious ecological projects on Earth, with plans to open a giant redwood forest in Birr, Co Offaly.

8. Irish-based Hibernia Networks snapped up by GTT for $590m

Hibernia Networks – with one of the largest fibre broadband presences in Ireland – has revealed it is to be sold to major cloud provider GTT for a sum of $590m.

9. I have just graduated. What do I do now?

Today’s graduates are quickly becoming the most valuable asset for top companies, in terms of talent and productivity. But what are companies doing for newly graduated candidates?

10. Science and social responsibility: An ongoing discussion

We need to talk about the social responsibility of science, says Prof Maja Horst, ahead of her talk at the HSTM Network conference in Dublin City University. Claire O’Connell reports.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years