eMazzanti salutes the luck—and genius—of the Irish!
There is an Irish proverb that people from the Emerald Isle seem to have taken to heart. It goes, “there is luck in sharing a thing.” Indeed, many Irish people have shared their talent with the world. Oscar Wilde shared his wit, U2 shares its music, and Irish techies are sharing innovations.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we profile four Ireland-based and/or Irish-founded startups—one for each leaf on a lucky clover!
We are living in what Forbes magazine calls, “the freelancer economy”. While working at Google, Irish transplant, Peter Johnston, realized that many companies are struggling to adjust.
“50 percent of companies in the next two years will have more contract than full-time employees and 95 percent of them don’t know how to handle that or what their processes should look like.”
So went Johnston’s pitch when trying to obtain funding for Lystable, a SaaS that helps businesses manage freelance employees. It worked. Lystable secured the critical Peter Thiel investment and currently counts Expedia, CNBC, and even Johnston’s former employer, Google, as clients.
Landmarks. Cultural attractions. Nightlife. Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, has a lot to offer and now it has one more thing: on-demand laundry and dry cleaning.
Launched in 2015, startup, Laundrie is like Uber for washing and dry cleaning. Users simply schedule a clothing pickup through Laundrie’s site or its Laundr.ie iOS mobile app. A truck, known as a “Laundrie Fairy,” comes and retrieves the load. Items are washed, dried, or dry cleaned and delivered to the user’s desired location within 48 hours. Laundrie keeps the Fair City looking fine!
Many startups are based around an app. Pulsate is based around these startups.
Founded in Dublin three years ago, Pulsate offers marketing software to help app developers connect with users. Both app-centric startups and traditional companies, including Coors Light and Hewlett-Packard, use the Pulsate platform to refine their app’s push notification strategy, leverage location data for more effective advertising campaigns, and otherwise drive sales from their app.
There’s a popular joke among Millennials. A CEO sits across a conference table from a recent college graduate interviewing for an entry-level position. The CEO takes a disapproving look at the graduate’s resume, folds their hands, leans across the table and explains, “We’re looking for someone age 22-26 with 30 years of experience.”
Shake.io makes the job market’s dual emphasis on youth and experience easier for Ireland’s young adults to navigate. Founded in 2014 by Kevin Holler and Thomas Cullen, themselves then 23 and 25, respectively, Shake.io connects Irish companies with college students and recent graduates. Internships are paid and many positions are high-tech (think software and web developers and designers). Shake.io is doing its part to keep Ireland’s innovative spirit alive.
From outsourcing laundry to streamlining outsourced labor, the startups listed above prove that when Irish eyes are smiling, it’s likely because a brilliant idea is brewing.
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