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He tried to build a jewellery business but ended up with a billion-dollar tech company
Meet Or Offer…
Chimney sweep? It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it...
For the latest in our Odd Jobs series we talked to chimney sweep Karl Walsh of
Fire nearly destroyed my business - this is how I picked up and started again
Simon Evans quit his job to cycle the world, started a business in the recession and then nearly lost it all in a blaze.
Why two young Dubliners quit their day jobs to go into business... in Peru
“We’re very proud of the fact that we feel like we represent Ireland in everything we do.”
Hotels are raking in the cash - and here's how much they make on every room
Tourists have been flocking to the country and hoteliers are reaping the spoils.
Girls turned off IT jobs by 'geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image'
A leading industry figure thinks an industry makeover could be in order.
HSE defends not awarding €1 million contract to Irish small business
A foreign company was awarded the contract.
Another 50c an hour 'won't help families with spiralling rents and extra taxes'
But business groups are against any rise in the minimum wage.
How one inventor turned an idea for 'space-age Play-Doh' into a million-euro company
Sugru’s Jane ní Dhulchaointigh tells us how she went from student to internationally-recognised founder.
These are the jobs with the brightest futures in Ireland right now
But there are also skills that can help you in almost any career.
Can't afford a hotel? This startup lets you trade your language skills for a comfy bed
Trade two hours of language-training for one night’s bed-and-board… Not a bad idea, right?
We finally have a timeline for when all Ireland will get decent broadband
Sure, it’ll be grand when it happens.
The founder of the O'Briens sandwich chain is making a killing with Asian takeaway
Camile Thai has been delivering some healthy profits.
Here's what is being done to lure 'the next Facebook' to Ireland
There’s money on the table for foreign startups that come to the country.
This Irish woman raised €5 million for her sticky rubber that can fix nearly anything
Sugru will be valued at almost €40 million after the crowdfunding effort.
How one company put €10 million in funding on the table for Irish business
Linked Finance was Ireland’s first peer-to-peer lending site.
An Irish startup wants tech workers to go for lunch and come back with jobs
Everyone’s gotta eat, right?
An Irish woman's 'Hailo for cleaners' has just been bought for €32 million
Hassle is the leader in on-demand cleaning in the UK and Ireland.
How co-working offices are changing the way we do business
Shared workspaces can lead to great things – as long as everyone keeps the noise down.
It pays to read the fine print when you Airbnb
The home-sharing site has fans across the world – but there are a few things you should know.
Irish firms are going overseas for staff because they can't compete with multinationals
Jobs options are up for in-demand candidates – but that’s making it tough for some.
Why car sharing could help save Dublin from days like this
Owning your own vehicle is expensive – is there a better way?
6 reasons why people should embrace peer-to-peer lending
We talk to the head of Grid Finance, one of Ireland’s two peer-to-peer loan platforms.
This Kilkenny entrepreneur just scooped one of Ireland's top business awards
Her company, MyBio, was started only six years ago.
These were the 5 biggest deals for Irish startups early this year
Investors have put nearly €120 million into the sector in the first three months of 2015.
Every day last month, 135 new Irish businesses were set up
Insolvencies were also down.
Meet the toy that is doing its little bit to bring down Barbie
Lottie is the creation of a Donegal-based company with global ambitions.
Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'
The government wants a universal pension system – but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how
Ciaran Flynn’s Childpaths sprung from his experience as a parent. There’s plenty of room for original ideas in Ireland’s childcare industry…
'We thought we could set up an online shop, work from home and make a fortune'
One of the sisters behind Clevamama tells us about building an award-winning export business.
Why are Irish creches going out of business?
Ireland has some fairly progressive childcare measures in place, yet still child-minding businesses are going to the wall.
Ten million downloads and counting - inside a Dublin games studio with a difference
How do you convince parents to buy apps for their kids? StoryToys has found a way.
4 things anyone can learn from the brains behind these little bottles
We talked to Innocent’s marketing guru about creating a great brand.
There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...
Not everyone conceives easily. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is huge business worldwide, but what kind of future has it in Ireland?
These are the hottest European startups right now
The first three months of 2015 were big for investment deals.
'If I hadn't taken this chance I wouldn't be able to sleep at night'
Rory O’Farrell’s Melosity is looking to redefine how Irish musicians record their sounds. A product ‘with the wow factor’ is the first priority.
Ireland is losing its competitive edge
The country is still an expensive place to do business.
It's not just small businesses being punished after 'mobilegeddon'
Government and big business websites are also failing the mobile test.
Google's 'mobilegeddon' hits tomorrow and it will be a disaster for many businesses
It pays to be prepared.
Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can
A new app called WholeWorldBand is making all kinds of new things possible in the music industry.