Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014

Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014, with $5.7 billion going to 855 deals, a 78 per cent rise in funding on t(...)

 Uber may possibly end up justifying its huge valuation but the same “ubernomics” is being applied across the board, even though many start-ups will not succeed. (Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

The $41 billion valuation for the car-sharing service Uber may or may not be a bubblicious number, but it certainly shows that the venture capital ind(...)

Hoxton Ventures, which has $40 million  in total venture capital funding, was founded by Hussein Kanji (above), who formerly worked with Accel and Microsoft, and Rob Kniaz

Hoxton Ventures, a European micro-cap venture capital fund, has launched a new €6 million early-stage venture capital fund for Irish firms, in partner(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Qualtrics chief executive  Ryan Smith at the opening of the company’s Irish headquarters last year.

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDYBusiness software firm Qualtrics is to create an additional 95 jobs at its Irish operation over the next two years.The Utah-based st(...)

A female investor suggested to Sheri Atwood that she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. Atwood says the recommendation underscores an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a fe(...)

Kunal Bahl, one of the founders of Snapdeal, an Indian e-commerce website, in New Delhi. The swift rise of Indian e-commerce – Snapdeal and at least half a dozen other leading Indian shopping sites have recently announced major fundraisings –  has captured the attention of international investors. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

At first, Kunal Bahl and his high school buddy Rohit Bansal had modest ambitions for their online shopping site, Snapdeal.Their previous venture – a p(...)

Garrett Cassidy, MD Circle Internet Financial and Peter Oakes former Central Bank Director, making the first bitcoin  transaction in Krust, Dublin’s first Bitcoin Bakery in Aungier Street with delighted co-owners Robert Kramer and Garret Flower and manager Brant Wihlidal (middle). Photograph: Alan Betson

The country’s first bakery to accept bitcoins completed its first transaction yesterday in Dublin with a former director of the Central Bank of Ire(...)

BlaBlaCar last week announced that it has raised $100 million in new investment from a group of European and American venture firms, including Accel Partners and Index Ventures

In France, Charlotte Jurdieu has become part of the millions in the sharing economy.Twice a month, Jurdieu (26) drives her Vauxhall Astra from Paris t(...)

Circle Internet Financial founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire. The company, which has its international headquarters in Dublin,has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bitcoin company Circle Internet Financial has closed $17 million in Series B financing, bringing the total funding it has raised to date to $26(...)

Handybook founder Oisin Hanrahan: “This deal brings us up a level”.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dubliner Oisin Hanrahan, whose online booking service, Handybook, raised $10 million (€7.39 million) in funding last October, has made its first acqui(...)