Pointy, the retail-tech company re-imagining search has today announced positions available for 25 people at their new Dublin office which was opened by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD.
The announcement comes after a period of fast growth for the firm started by Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby. This is the second startup for Cummins, whose previous business Plink was acquired by Google and marked the first acquisition by Google of a company from the UK or Ireland. Bibby also has an impressive track record, having designed some of the security systems for the London 2012 Olympics. This is a major step for Pointy, which enables local retailers to list their inventory online and enables shoppers to find where particular items are available locally.
The new offices are located in the unique 130 year old Victorian building at 102-103 on Amiens Street in Dublin and contains room for 80 additional staff. CEO and founder Mark Cummins said of the announcement, “We currently have 25 staff and expect to double headcount this year. If things go very well we might hire even more than that – we don’t want to be one of those companies that announces more positions than we actually have. We’re an Irish founded company growing rapidly and working hard to bring interesting retailers online across the world and Ireland. It’s been wonderful to see the response from retailers. Currently we are working with retailers in every county in Ireland. from Dublin city centre to Achill Island. In Dublin approximately 1 in every 7 shops is using Pointy. In the US there are retailers in every state using Pointy, everywhere from Hawaii to Alaska.”
Speaking on the office opening, Minister for Finance Mr. Paschal Donohoe remarked, “The success and rapid growth of Pointy since its establishment has led them here, today, to their new premises in Dublin Central. It is wonderful to see an Irish-founded company develop in the way Pointy has, in just a few short years, with plans afoot to double their workforce. As a local TD for the area, witnessing this success and subsequent expansion of operations into Dublin Central, however, comes close. The ingenuity offered to businesses by Pointy gives them the potential to access a wider client base and to encourage prospective shoppers to their store. This assists with growing the bottom line and the future evolution of the company. I wish Pointy, and the new staff about to come on board, every success in their new premises in the heart of Dublin city and look forward to hearing great things about the company in the years to come.”
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Pointy is used by retailers to attract more footfall to their store, by helping them be found through Google and other online channels. They don’t need to go through all the complexity of setting up an e-commerce operation as the Pointy platform does it for them. Retailers just connect the simple-to-use “Pointy box” into the shop’s barcode scanner. It’s a major advantage to bricks and mortar stores trying to compete with eCommerce giants.
The office opening follows a period of exponential growth for the company as it launched in Canada and the UK in 2017, while it now is working with stores in all 50 states in the US. In Autumn 2017, the company also announced its funding round with high profile investors such Paul Allen founder of Microsoft, the founders of Google Maps, Draper Associates, Frontline Ventures, Matt Mullenweg founder of WordPress, Michael Birch founder of Bebo, Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave and recently retired Ireland rugby captain Jamie Heaslip. The Victorian office will be adorned with great paintings loaned to Pointy by contemporary Irish artist Mark Redden which will give a modern twist to a building.