October 14, 2015

14 Boston Tech Companies With Operations in Ireland

Seeing Boston companies expand internationally is a great sign for our ecosystem. Recently, we've covered several Boston startups who are pushing their product overseas or opening up international offices.

A while back we caught up with Lose It!, whose app had nearly 25 million users in the US and Canada and was just starting to break into other countries. Repsly, the field management app, has users in 40 countries. Beam, a location sharing app, claims London as one of its strongest markets. Then there's Rue La La, who is making an aggresive growth push and has eye on international expansion. CarGurus, possibly Boston's next IPO, is ianother great example of growing tech co's making big moves internationally. They brought on former BuyerZone CEO, Sam Zales to head up that initiative. 

For foudners and CEO's looking to set up shop in another country, the process can't be easy. There's literally a world of options. One country, however, that is working hard to attract these companies and is doing so successfully is Ireland. Ireland has a presence here in Boston in the form of the IDA (Industrial Development Agency) Ireland and that presence is paying off. 

I recently caught up with Paul Swift, Vice President - Content, Consumer Products and (Global) Business Services (CCBS) Sectors for IDA, who shared some insight as to why his native country has become so attractive.

A few highlights of the Ireland Biz scene:
- Forbes ranks Ireland as the 4th best country for business in the word.
- 9 of the top 10 global software comapnies have operations in Ireland
- Several favorable tax laws, including a corprate tax rate of 12.5%
- Talent - top ten education system in the world

So, what Massachusetts-based companies are now calling Ireland (a second) home? 

Headquarters: Cambridge, MA. 
Business: Internet/Software


Norwood, MA
Business: Semiconductors

Headquarters: Cambridge, MA. 
Business: Database Management systems



Natick, MA. 
Business: Vision software/systems

Headquarters: Boston, MA. 
Business: Software/Virtualization




Burlington, MA. 2013 revenues $1.8bn.
Business: Voice recognition software

Headquarters: Needham, MA 
Business: Internet/Travel



Chelmsford, MA. 
Business: Semiconductors

Headquarters: Somerville, MA
Business: Software development tools

                       SmartBear Software


Marlborough, MA
Business: Medical Devices

Headquarters: Westborough, MA
Business: Hyperconverged infrastructure



Chelmsford, MA
Business: Unified communications software

Headquarters: Hopkinton, MA
Business: Storage infrastructure & services


** Acquired by Dell on October 12th

Boston, MA
Business: Financial Services/Technology

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