Marc Andreesen, founder of Netscape and subsequently co-founder and general partner of $4bn venture capital group Andreessen Horowitz. His investments include Facebook, Skype, Airbnb and Twitter. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg

Keen to avoid the San Francisco traffic, I arrive half an hour early at Tamarine, a sophisticated modern Vietnamese restaurant in Palo Alto. At 12.27p(...)

Web pioneer Marc Andreessen said it’s the “right time” for him to step down from the Ebay board. Photograph: David Maung/Bloomberg

Web-browser pioneer Marc Andreessen resigned from the board of EBay ahead of the online marketplace’s breakup, following a verbal battle with activist(...)

Harvard business theorist, Clayton Christensen, who published the landmark disruption book, The Innovators Dilemma. Photograph: John Lamparski/Getty Images

The Irish Times has teamed up with AIB to launch the AIB Start-up Academy, a new initiative to support entrepreneurs across Ireland. The Academy pr(...)

Engineers at Palantir Technologies, surrounded by multiple monitors and interesting personal decor, at the company offices in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Palantir Technologies will not help you share, message, pin, post or chat. It does not exist to make you more social or connected, or even to help adv(...)

Long gone logos (from top): Digital Equipment Corporation; Sun; Silicon Graphics; Netscape; Burroughs; RCA; and Control Data Corporation

They were some of the biggest, most powerful, most innovative and most influential companies of the digital age. Many were big Irish employers (...)

Intercom chief executive Eoghan McCabe with company co-founder Des Traynor, vice president of customer success. Photo: Amy Harrity. Intercom chief executive Eoghan McCabe with company co-founder and vice-president of customer success, Des Traynor. Photograph: Amy Harrity.

The names Eoghan McCabe, Des Traynor, Ciaran Lee and David Barrett may not ring a bell for most people, but the four Irishmen are ones to watch. Ha(...)

Mozilla’s founder and president Tristan Nitot gives a speech in unfamiliar surroundings in Montpellier.

“This kind of place is pretty unusual for Mozilla, ” says the open-source web community’s principal evangelist, Tristan Nitot. Having just finished a (...)

Steve Ballmer greets host Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Steve Ballmer is an imposing man. He is tall. He is solid. He is loud (his foghorn voice does not have a sotto voce setting). For a big guy, he also c(...)