Patrick Collison, co-founder and chief executive officer of Stripe. The online payments company is now valued at $3.5 billion, after closing a $70 million funding round. Photo: Bloomberg

Online payments start-up Stripe, founded by Limerick brothers John and Patrick Collison, has raised $70 million (€56 million) in venture capital fundi(...)

Cheques are an anachronism in the public sector following “E-day” in September since which it will not accept cheques from or write cheques for busine(...)

Actor and businesswoman Eva Longoria in conversation with Jemima Khan of Vanity Fair at the Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfilet

He might be the world’s worst water salesman, but Enda Kenny has a distinct flair for touting Ireland as the most business-friendly little country in (...)

Eva Longoria at the Web Summit, where she was interviewed by Jemima Khan. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Summit has grown exponentially since its rather more ‘boutique’ dimensions in 2010, and that relentless growth has seen the event take over most o(...)

Author David Epstein has delivered a TED-talk quality performance at this morning’s Summit. debunking the fabled 10,000-hour maxim that practice is th(...)

By pushing a button on your iPhone, consumers will be able to  make a purchase at one of the thousands of retail locations, including Macy’s or Walgreens stores, using the new service. No wallet, cash or plastic card necessary.(Photogaph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

David Donohue has a tough relationship with his wallet and the items inside it. He has lost his wallet twice in the past year. He has fallen victim to(...)

Silicon Valley 50: at the  event this week were (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett; ITLG chairman Craig Barrett; Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award; and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World Silicon Valley 50:  (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett, ITLG chairman Craig Barrett, Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award, and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World

Long before there was an Intel or an Apple, Ireland was building links to Silicon Valley. Sunnyvale – now best known as the home of Yahoo and Palm – w(...)

PayPal and eBay flags fly in front of the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

So, eBay will spin off PayPal, the precocious child it acquired in 2002 for $1.5 billion and which has since eclipsed its parent in profitability a(...)

John  and Patrick Collison, the co-founders of Stripe.

Stripe, the e-payments company founded by brothers Patrick and John Collison will power the “Buy” button for Facebook users using the social network t(...)

John and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe, outside their offices in Palo Alto, California. Their digital currency will, unlike bitcoin, support traditional currencies such as dollars, sterling and the euro.

Irish-founded payments company Stripe has upped the ante in the battle to bring digital currency into mainstream use, investing $3 million in the laun(...)