CEO of Privateer Holdings Brendan Kennedy: as marijuana laws are being loosened, entrepreneurs and investors are creating new businesses to cash in on what they see as an emerging bonanza. Photograph: Getty

One morning in September, I logged on to the website of HelloMD, a medical start-up that promises to connect patients with doctors instantly over the (...)

John Collison of Stripe who was the International and Overall winner at the awards ceremony last night in Citywest last night. The event took place in front of an audience of over 1,500 people and was broadcast live on UTV Ireland and UTV. Photograph: Maxwells

John and Patrick Collison, the boy wonders of Irish technology, have won this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Their online payments p(...)

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk: a new book is particularly revelatory about his childhood, telling of an abusive father and a difficult time at school where he was bullied by his peers. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

With school started and the rest of us back at our desks, it is the end of what has been a relentless summer of business news: the fate of Greece and (...)

Declan Ganley: his broadband technology group Rivada has raised €50 million from a group of institutions and wealthy individuals. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consumers and businesses are facing rises in electricity charges at a time when the operators of the network are getting bonuses of up to 15 per cent,(...)

Online payments company Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison.

Patrick and John Collison are the co-founders of online payments company Stripe. Patrick and John started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying phys(...)

‘The debate over technology speaks to shifting economic structures whose implications we poorly understand.’ Robots manufactured by Spanish company Pal Robotics. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/EPA

Self-employment in the United Kingdom is at its highest-ever level. Productivity growth over the last few years has been dismal. Are these two data(...)

But a funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution. We did not get a sustained return to rapid economic progress. Instead it was more of a one-time spurt which sputtered out about a decade ago

Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life(...)

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(...)

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon is one of the powerful business leaders who has lectured about the so-called ‘skills gap’. Photoraph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Regular readers know that I sometimes mock “very serious people” in other words politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that s(...)

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking at the social netoworking site’s Dublin office.

The success of Dublin’s so-called Silicon Docks is a combination of enlightened public policy and the blind luck of good timing. This extract from (...)