From gender balance to social networking, Emily Maree has six questions for six experts. John Purdy Chief Executive of Ergo has answered Emily's questions.
1. How do you think the issues surrounding male-female ratios in technology can be tackled to become more equal?
2. A company in Britain has developed a way for people to use emojis as characters in passwords. What are your thoughts on this and how it will impact online security?
3. Start-up Ireland chief executive Eoin Costello has predicted Ireland will be a global start-up hub by 2020. What is your advice for people starting their own companies?
4. With global companies like Facebook expanding and adding more jobs in their headquarters in Ireland, why do you think so many companies look to Ireland to centre their operations?
5. The chief executive of Snapchat has deleted all his tweets so he can ‘live in the present’. What is your favourite social network and why?
6. If you could only pick one piece of technology to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?
1. In Ergo, there is no issue on this matter. We hire the best person for the job based on their skill set, values and availability. If a candidate meets our requirements, it doesn’t matter if they are male or female.
2. As long as this concept goes through rigorous testing and is proven to protect our data, bring it on.
3. I believe Dublin is well positioned to compete as a global start-up hub. My advice to start-ups is to be very clear of your proposition and how relevant it is to the market. I’d recommend they surround themselves with the best advice, especially legal and financial. They should engage the finest advisers they can afford.
4. We have built a reputation of developing really strong technology and engineering skills. In addition, we are very flexible and agile, all while remaining friendly and fun. As a country, we have delivered some really smart companies both indigenously and through foreign direct investment. In order to maintain this reputation, the government needs to encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills at primary and secondary level schools.
5. Yammer. Yammer allows our 330 dispersed professionals in Ergo to stay in contact by sharing news such as customer, project and exam success. It is the coolest piece of technology that I have ever used. I’m also an avid user of LinkedIn. I utilise LinkedIn to research people to meet, build my network and prepare to meet new contacts.
6. As a diabetic, I’d have to pick my blood glucose level monitor. Without it, I wouldn’t exist.
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