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Pointy co-founders Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby.

It was after a party at which Mark Cummins (36) was enjoying a craft beer bought from a nearby supermarket where the entrepreneur got the idea for Poi(...)

Pointy co-founders Mark Cummins  and Charles Bibby: established the company in 2014 and will share $80 million-plus  for their 51 per cent stake in the business.

Google has paid a reported $160 million to acquire Irish retail tech company Pointy. The takeout means a spectacular return for founders Mark Cummin(...)

Rachel O’Connell: ‘My early days were spent looking at videos with disturbing content to track the behavioural patterns of paedophiles’

Rachel O’Connell is a distinguished authority on electronic identification and age verification, but her career could have taken a different turn. Aft(...)

Founders Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins:  the Pointy app directs shoppers to where particular items are available locally, rather than pushing them towards ecommerce giants such as Amazon. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Irish retail tech firm Pointy has raised $12 million in funding as the company looks to accelerate its growth. The fresh funding comes following a $6(...)

Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby, cofounders of Pointy

Irish retail tech firm Pointy is to double its workforce to 50 by the end of the year as it targets overseas expansion. The company, which was found(...)

Members of the ChangeX team including founder and chief executive Paul O’Hara (second on left)

ChangeX, the Irish-headquartered social entrepreneurship platform which is backed by a number of high-profile investors, has raised €550,000 out of a (...)

Bebo founder Michael Birch: His current projects include start-up incubator Monkey Inferno.  photograph: dave meehan

“It’s suicide to try and be a better Facebook, ” Michael Birch says. And he should know. Along with his wife Xochi, he co-founded social networking si(...)

The Brewbot: its specially-designed app includes a recipe platform that allows anyone to download or create a recipe so that they can brew a beer of any style

Homebrewing is back in fashion, but anyone who has tried to do it can tell you it’s a cumbersome and complicated process. One company planning to make(...)

Pointy cofounders Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins  say shops worldwide have similar problems to the Irish retailers, which means their start-up can be scaled globally. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Sailing around the Mediterranean on a yacht, Charles Bibby received a phone call from his college friend Mark Cummins. Cummins had studied engi(...)

Mark Zuckerberg:  one of the most generous of American donors when generosity is measured not solely by amounts donated, but as the proportion of total wealth of an individual or company. Photograph: Norbert von der Groeben/Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gave $25 million to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. It’s an impressive and much-needed donation, coming from(...)

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