A US “organism design” company is going public with a $15bn valuation. And its co-founder is a Dublin engineer
Ginkgo Bioworks has agreed to go public in a $17.5 billion merger with a blank-check firm backed by former Hollywood executive Harry Sloan. The company was co-founded by Dubliner Barry Canton.
11th May, 2021 - 5 min read
From a technology park outside Galway, an online learning firm is looking global. And it has just bought an Indian rival
Having already raised €7m, Mike Feerick’s Alison is planning to raise a further €30m in the third quarter to finance international expansion. An acquisition of Indian firm Dash Beyond is part of that plan.
16th Mar, 2021 - 5 min read
A vast campus. A storied history. But as the market shifts, where does Leixlip fit within Intel’s long-term future?
An Irish-designed microchip could have given Intel an edge over Apple and its M1 chip, but instead Intel’s Leixlip operation – and its 4,900 workers – may have an uncertain future in an industry that has become a geopolitical battleground.
12th Feb, 2021 - 11 min read
Inside Mainstream’s €1bn buyout: Eddie O’Connor reveals how the deal was done and what happens next
Oslo-listed Aker is to take control of Mainstream Renewable Power a deal that values it at up to €1bn. Founder Eddie O’Connor talks about the strategy and finances underpinning the deal and reveals that the company could IPO within 18 months.
19th Jan, 2021 - 5 min read
“This is going to be the Tesla or the Amazon of the electricity transmission business”
Eddie O’Connor sold Airtricity for €1.8 billion and could soon turn Mainstream Power into another renewables unicorn. His new business, SuperNode, is no longer about energy production – instead, it is a bet on its trans-European transportation.
7th Jan, 2021 - 21 min read
Our lives in flight: Will we take off as often as we did before Covid?
As an island on the periphery of Europe, flying has been a way for us to connect with the world, and for the world to connect with us. Having been grounded by Covid-19, will we rekindle its love affair with flying?
5th Dec, 2020 - 11 min read
“If we perform as we expect us to, people will talk about Sisu in the same breath as these Warby Parker and One Medical”
Having scrapped a plan to enter the UK market, Irish cosmetic treatment chain Sisu is finalising plans to roll out 20 clinics in the US within two years. Co-founders Brian and James Cotter and Pat Phelan talk finance, funding, and injectables.
2nd Oct, 2020 - 9 min read
A wanted man: HP want Mike Lynch extradited to the US, while growing companies want both his investment and expertise
Despite having a billion-dollar court case and extradition hearings hanging over his head, Irish entrepreneur Mike Lynch continues to nurture the next generation of tech companies. In an exclusive interview, he discusses opportunities, AI, and the impact of his HP battle.