2016 has been a very successful year for Irish Tech News, we have increased our readership, we got verified by Twitter, we launched a very successful podcast, and we launched the Irish Fintech 20. It was also a successful year for some of Ireland’s biggest companies involved in the Irish tech scene, and I spoke to some of them to see how their year was and what they are looking forward to next year.

Brian Hannon, the Chief Commercial Officer of Voxpro said:

“2016 has been a fantastic year of growth for Voxpro. One of our biggest achievements of the year was the opening of our brand new state of the art office in Dublin along with the announcement of 400 new jobs, a huge success to cap off the many new partner organisations joining the Voxpro community. This news shows how quickly Voxpro is scaling and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.”

Brian added:

Much like 2016, our greatest goal for 2017 is to continue providing greater experiences for our partners, their customers and our employees. We are growing into more and more international markets such as Eastern Europe, Latin America and APAC and we continue to evolve our work with the very best and most disruptive technology partners in the world to deliver beautiful customer operations”

Ronan Healy, the Managing Director of Catapult said:

We’re approaching our 18th birthday and 2016 has been our busiest year yet. There have been so many highlights it’s hard to choose but as the Irish tech scene took off and needed a bit of a creative edge, Catapult were there to help produce some of the most exciting events in Dublin and Internationally.

 “We were very proud to work alongside, Niamh Bushnell, the Dublin Commissioner for startups, bringing the Irish ‘Start-up Wake’ and ‘How Dublin Made Me’ to an international audience at SxSW. The Intercom world tour brought us to some of the most beautiful venues, cities and countries in the US and EU and working with the most innovative transport tech company in the world right now Hyperloop at Innotrans, allowed us a peek into the future.”

Catapult were the technical directors of this year’s Web Summit in Portugal which was a huge success and their Christmas highlight to end a wonderful year was working with the most Tech savvy Santa at the Fota Island Christmas Experience, where families get teleported to the North Pole.

Ronan added: “All of the above wouldn’t be possible without our fantastically creative and driven team, clients who are fearless and breaking down walls and being part of an Irish company who are expanding and growing. “

Our jobs section partners Jobbio had a great year and Stephen Quinn one of the co-founders said:

“We now have over 3,500 global companies hiring on Jobbio, and we have millions of ambitious talent looking for the newest and best job opportunities. We released three eBooks and held thought leadership events across London and Dublin. At our flagship event EXPAND, we hosted 2,000 Talent, 50 companies and 15 main stage speakers at an alternative careers event in an underground nightclub in London. Oh, and I got married to the love of my life!”

Looking forward to 2017, Stephen mentioned that they are moving into a new office in Dublin as well continuing their hugely successful expansions into Canada, US and UK.  He added:

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with our great Companies to build exceptional teams andto help Talent navigate their careers. 2017 is shaping up to be our biggest and best year so far.”

CurrencyFair are one of Ireland’s biggest success stories and Sylvie McDermott, their Chief Product Officer said”

My 2016 highlight has to be joining the new dynamic and highly experienced CurrencyFair team in October, and looking forward to next year which is all about offering strong customer experience online and on mobile and servicing the SMB market with a first-class product.”