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Ivanka Trump: What Does She Do at the White House?

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Ivanka Trump has taken on an official job as assistant to the President of the United States, for her father, Donald Trump. Even though she has publicly stated she won’t take a salary, ethics experts have said she would have to be extremely careful in trade negotiations with countries that export clothing for her label. Just has her husband Jared has a seemingly endless list of priorities and responsibilities, Ivanka’s role is equally as “unknown.” She has been called “assistant to the President” and has shown up for meetings with foreign leaders with no prior experience or official title to be present at such meetings. Ethics experts are concerned because…

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Brandtone in new agreement with Unilever targeting South East Asia

Dublin headquartered mobile marketing business Brandtone has signed a new agreement with Unilever that will mean its consumer engagement platform is to be deployed in Thailand, Vietnam and The Philippines reaching millions of customers. Building on an existing global partnership between the two parties, the two parties first began working together in the South East Asian region last year. Since then, Brandtone’s work with Unilever has seen its promotional campaigns for Sunlight and Magnum in Indonesia become among its most successful mobile engagements to date, according to the Irish firm. Donald Fitzmaurice, CEO, Brandtone, said: “When we announced our expansion into Indonesia almost a year ago, even we could not…

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Scaling the heights: Irish success stories – Sensorpro

Limerick-based software company Sensorpro has signed a global partnership agreement with Danish headquartered firm Sitecore, which has significant operations in the US. The reciprocal arrangement will involve Sensorpro’s messaging and feedback platform being offered to Sitecore customers, and Sitecore’s content management system – which allows for the intelligent delivery of highly personalised content for every website visit – being offered to Sensorpro’s customer base. Founded 12 years ago by Christopher Byrne, Sensorpro has over 10,000 customers globally and employs 11 people in Limerick. Irish users of the Sensorpro platform include An Post, Arnotts and Motortax.ie and it counts global brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Kraft and WD40 among its…

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Scaling the heights: Irish success stories – Trustev

Chief executive and co-founder of Irish tech start-up Trustev Pat Phelan describes the past year or so since he moved to the New York to oversee the company’s US expansion as a “whirlwind” and it’s hardly surprising. Trustev is a software platform with new technology that can analyse accurately in real time which buyers are fraudulent. The impact for companies that deploy it is dramatically reduced fraud and increased sales. Phelan started the company in Cork in 2012 where it currently employs 20 people. Since launching Trustev has set up an office in New York, grown to multi-million dollar annual revenues and secured large customers such as global information solutions…

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Sláinte Healthcare wins fourth Australian contract

Sláinte Healthcare said today that it has won a contract with Bendigo Health, a 653-bed teaching hospital in Regional Victoria that conducts more than 300,000 treatments a year. The contract will see Sláinte Healthcare implementing its Vitro software as the digital medical record within the new US$630m hospital development and will pave the way for a paperless hospital in Bendigo in less than 12 months. It’s the company’s fourth contract win in Australia and follows the establishment of paperless hospitals at Calvary Health Care and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre in New South Wales. To date, Sláinte Healthcare has partnered with and implemented its software in more than 53 hospitals…

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Trakax Siblings Ring Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell in New York

The three Irish siblings behind tech start-up Trakax got to ring the Nasdaq stock market opening bell in New York’s Time Square yesterday, 24 March. Catriona, Cormac and Colm Barry are among the team involved in running the video editing platform and won this honour as part of the Start-Up Village Pitch Competition sponsored by Nasdaq and Enterprise Ireland Pitching at SXSW in Austin. Having started off in the basement of their parents’ home in Rathmines, Dublin, Trakax has reached a point where the former president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America Dale Sohn have joined its executive leadership team and board. Sohn was president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications…

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RCPI first in Ireland to partner with Tata on MOOCs project

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian multinational Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) with the aim of creating a large worldwide digital community of physicians. IT services brand TCS will now work with RCPI as its first Irish education partner to rapidly develop an online hub of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). TCS was introduced to the heads of Ireland’s third level institutions by former Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur Peter Casey last November, and since then the company has been progressing the project swiftly on the ground. The Irish team were joined last week by the global head of Ion TCS…

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View for 2015: Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland

The coming year will see continued growth in export markets, writes Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon. During the closing months of 2014, barely a week went by without a significant new jobs announcement being made by an Irish company. These jobs are being created right across the board, from young, ambitious innovative start-ups to developed companies with strong brands and Irish MNCs that already have a well established foothold in international markets. Irish companies are really on the move and the one thing they all have in common is that this growth and job creation is built on the back of very strong growth in key export markets. Internationalisation is…

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Oneview Healthcare wins contract with Epworth in Australia

Dublin-headquartered tech company Oneview Healthcare has been selected by Epworth HealthCare in Australia to help better manage its patient experience and empowerment programme at its Epworth Eastern facility in Victoria. Oneview Healthcare delivers a software solution that seamlessly integrates a hospital’s IT systems onto one high performance technology platform. It provides point-of-care access to those systems across all end user devices, including bedside terminals, TV’s, tablets and smart phones. Established in 2007, Oneview Healthcare has offices, Dubai, Sydney, Pittsburgh and San Francisco and commercial agreements with hospitals in US, Australia, Middle East and Europe. It announced on 15 December that it had completed a third round of equity funding, raising…

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ISE signs memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Stock Exchange

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the aim of developing a mutually beneficial relationship between the exchanges. “We will be looking at opportunities where our exchanges can leverage our respective strengths to further develop the financial services industry in Ireland, Europe and the People’s Republic of China,” explained Deirdre Somers ISE CEO. In 2008 the Central Bank of Ireland signed two MOUs with its Chinese counterparts, which enable Chinese investors to invest in Irish domiciled investment products. Dr Que Bo, executive vice president of the SSE, said this latest MOU would lay “a solid foundation” for exploring further…

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