The problem confronting quant money managers — and banks rushing to revamp and build their technological capabilities — is that the financial industry is less attractive than Silicon Valley’s biggest companies or hottest upstarts, especially in recent years. (Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Hedge funds and asset managers are scrambling to poach talent from Silicon Valley and attract computer scientists fresh from college to capitalise on(...)

Uber: The pilot will allow the company to demonstrate the benefits of a ride-sharing service to transport in underserved areas of Ireland. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Uber is set to trial a ride-sharing service in Ireland as the company explores its options for rolling it out further It’s likely a pilot of the se(...)

Leap buses being auctioned off: the firm which charged riders $6 to cross San Francisco in technological luxury failed this year. photograph: jason henry
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Uber got a boost from a London judge who said smartphones used by its drivers aren’t the same as taxi meters and don’t require a licence from the city’s transport authority. Photo: Bloomberg

Uber got a boost from a London judge who said smartphones used by its drivers aren’t the same as taxi meters and don’t require a licence from the city(...)

Barry Maloney of  Balderton Capital, who has joined the board of Jobbio.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Online recruitment platform Jobbio is set to add 25 jobs after it secured €1.5 million in funding from investors. The new jobs will be located in Dub(...)

Apple is continuing its efforts to create a car, though some of the big questions around the project remain undecided. The company is still working (...)

Medallion finance’s chief executive Andrew Murstein blamed a “misunderstanding” that the rise of Uber would squeeze licensed drivers. Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Uber, the ride-hailing service, may be on the cusp of new big disruption: driving a Nasdaq-listed New York taxi finance company out of the public mark(...)

Barclays Wealth vice-president Martin Cass:  “Ireland has nurtured and produced a very significant number of successful tech entrepreneurs.”

Barclays Bank is looking for Irish fintech start-ups to take part in its London-based accelerator programme and a recruitment event for the programme (...)

Airbnb has a general reputation of working with authorities to ensure that regulations are honoured and that its hosts are aware of legal obligations and local regulations. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The accommodation letting company Airbnb made Irish headlines this month by agreeing to share information with the Revenue Commissioners. Airbnb hosts(...)

The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Image of the week: Brain stimulants The ‘Economist’ magazine is “stimulating and challenging”, just like the free kopi luwak coffee that it was givin(...)