Each June, Deloitte puts out its call to the Irish tech sector and so it’s Fast 50 time again, with the fastest-growing companies recognised for their contribution to the national economy and the global technology industry. David Shanahan, a tax partner at Deloitte, and Fast 50 programme lead, said the key to the awards programme, which is now in its 20th year, was its credibility, and that this derives from the fact that it is based on objective measurement of the financial performance of the entrant companies. “It’s not just picking the companies randomly or subjectively,” he said. “We look at revenue growth over the last four years and validate the accounts. It does give a high level of credibility, and makes it extremely useful externally.” Shanahan, who first led the Fast 50 in 2018, said that taking over the programme was a highlight of the working year. “I’m very excited by how it went last year: I was delighted to see record … [Read more...] about Awards celebrate the explosive growth in Irish technology
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Business 28 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48797245 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Just like the Lego film, everything appears to be "awesome" at the plastic brick maker as it expands its empire by snapping up Legoland and … [Read more...] about Legoland-owner agrees to £4.8bn takeover
opinion Jeremy Rossmann Opinions contributor Published 7:00 AM EDT Jun 18, 2019 For decades, the conventional wisdom told young Americans that they should go to college, pretty much at all costs. A degree was the ticket to the American dream. But as the number of people enrolling in college grew, the proportion of students actually earning a degree essentially stagnated. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, of students who started four-year programs in 2000, 57.5% graduated within six years. A decade later, only 59.8% of students who started their programs in 2010 graduated within six years. Meanwhile, student loan debt skyrocketed, and degrees weren’t translating to the stable careers they were expected to. By 2023, nearly 40 percent of borrowers may default on their student loans, according to a Brookings analysis. Against that backdrop, Silicon Valley — where college dropouts are building companies, … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley: Dropping out of college won’t help you succeed
Don Rowe for The Spinoff Ten million dollars worth of stock in a medicinal cannabis company went on sale on Monday as Cannasouth aims to be the first company of its kind to list on the NZX. But should you buy in? Don Rowe talks to Simplicity managing director Sam Stubbs. The country's first medicinal cannabis initial public offering (IPO) launched yesterday, giving Kiwi investors a chance to purchase stock in R&D firm Cannasouth ahead of the 2020 referendum. Government reveals details of cannabis referendum Should New Zealand legalise cannabis? Legalising cannabis in New Zealand: Lessons from Canada Cannasouth, a Waikato-based biopharmaceutical company specialising in cannabis therapeutics, plans to raise a minimum of $5m from invited investors and a further $5m through an initial public offering, the NZX's first IPO in two years. Last year the company, which boasts six-year Federated Farmers CEO Conor English on its board, secured CMP Growth Capital Fund funding, the firm taking … [Read more...] about Should you buy into New Zealand’s first weed IPO?
THE WORLD may turn bleak without good governance. “A new dark age could descend in some regions where tyrants abuse their subjects and where jihadists or criminal gangs roam freely to terrorise dispossessed populations.” Or so say Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen in “Renovating Democracy.” The book is a romp through all that’s going wrong with politics, from populists on the rise, robots stealing jobs, climate change being ignored and technocrats bereft of fresh ideas. Helpfully, the pair focus on solutions, from “universal basic capital” (financial support from the state so people invest) to finding common ground between China and America to ensure stability. Without this accord, they foresee “swaths of pandemonium” that “surround gated outposts that are linked to one another but [are] divorced from their planetary hinterland in a kind of global apartheid system.” Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and … [Read more...] about Democracy is floundering: we need to fix it or lose it