Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal:  is an investor in companies including Airbnb, the big-data company Palantir, the spaceflight provider SpaceX and payments company Stripe, four of the most valuable tech companies in Silicon Valley today. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

The ride-hailing app Uber, the Irish-founded payment start-up Stripe, the apartment rental site Airbnb, and other darlings of the next generation of S(...)

David Walsh: “This fund is a key pillar of our overall strategy to support the growth of Irish SMEs and to help build digital expertise within those organisations.”

Eircom has extended the deadline for its Digital Boost initiative to the end of April. The programme, which is run by Eircom Business Solutions, is de(...)

Volkswagen has developed a robotic car that can learn the contours of a race track and put in laps faster than a human driver

If one can assume that Elon Musk (billionaire founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and the world’s first private space exploration company, Space X) is (...)

PayPal’s Louise Phelan: “It frustrates me that gender is an issue in business.” Photograph: Alan Betson

While the status of women in the workplace has improved somewhat in recent years, progress has still been pitifully slow in some key areas. Leadership(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley announcing details of Ireland’s involvement in the SXSWi festival, which  start on March 13th in Austin, Texas

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be speaking at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival in Texas, along with Irish entrepreneurs(...)

Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pa(...)

If the supporters of the bitcoin are right, the online currency could be the next revolution on the money market. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

A few years ago, if you had asked 10 random people what a bitcoin was, there’s a good chance that more than half wouldn’t have heard of it. That was b(...)

Heather Kennedy, founder of newly launched financial platform GoLolly
New Innovators: GoLolly

“Birthday gift shopping for kids can be a massive logistical headache despite all the advances in technology that are supposed to have made the planni(...)

Jack Ma lost $1.4 billion as Alibaba shares slumped by almost 9 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Jack Ma’s fortune dropped $1.4 billion on Thursday, the most among the world’s 400 richest people, as Alibaba Group Holding shares posted a record sl(...)

The head of Microsoft’s research division has dismissed fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to the survival of the human race. Image: Getty

The head of Microsoft’s research division has dismissed fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to the survival of the human race.Eric (...)