Author Archives: chrisjhorn

“Hands-free” smart phones – and cars also

I wrote this piece for the 10th March edition of the Irish Times.   My editor,  Michael McAleer, is both innovation and motoring editor,  and had just returned from the Geneva Motor Show,  which got me thinking :-) Smart phone apps abound … Continue reading

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Perception at Microsoft

Published by the Irish Times on February 17th last,  I wrote this piece musing on what Satya Nadella may be strategising about now he is in his new role… One of the first observations made by Microsoft’s new 46 year … Continue reading

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New Zealand and Ireland – innovation economies

This little piece went in the Irish Times on Monday 27th January last. I had just been over to Hamilton, New Zealand for my elder son’s wedding (which was just fantastic!). In reading the newspapers over breakfast in the hotel … Continue reading

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Smiley’s People, and the future of the internet

This article,  in the light of the NSA revelations by Edward Snowden,  appeared in the Irish Times on 18th December 2013. The news this week that the US intelligence agencies and the UK’s Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) have being stalking … Continue reading

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The Twitter IPO, bubble fears, and global economic fragility

This article appeared in the Irish Times on November 18th 2013. The European Central Bank has just cut interest rates to a record low, of just 0.25%. Interest rates are similarly depressed, and for some time, in the United States. … Continue reading

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A “Bricks and Mortar” Government

I wrote this piece as a commentary on the Irish Government’s 2014 budget,   announced on 15th October last.  My piece appeared in the Irish Times today. Roll-over relief for capital gains tax for entrepreneurs was announced in the Budget. … Continue reading

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“Ireland is a Terrible Place to be an Entrepreneur”

I wrote this piece a few weeks before Irish Government announced the national budget for 2014.   It was published in the Irish Times on 7th October last.   In my view,  the current administration often pronounce on entrepreneurship,   … Continue reading

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Building a global brand

This article on the challenges of building and sustaining a global consumer brand in the tech industry,  was published in the Irish Times on 9th September last. Finnish national pride was dented last week with the acquisition of Nokia’s phone … Continue reading

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Role of State Funding of R&D, and the Costs of Funding Research

Some thoughts on Martin Wolf and Prof. Mariana Mazzucato assertions on state funding of R&D,  and on the Times Higher Education Innovation Index – my article was published in the Irish Times on 19th August last…. On August 7th last, … Continue reading

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Imminent disruption of the broadcast TV industry

I wrote this piece for the Irish Times,  which was duly published 29th July last.  In it I note that the Irish Government has just produced a 5 year projection (they call it a “review”) of the public sector broadcasting … Continue reading

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