Company doubles size of team and recruits Trinity College students as its crowd-sourcing, data and digital TV businesses move into exciting new growth areas
Granahan McCourt Capital (GMC) the worldwide investors in technology, media and telecommunications, has recruited a multi-national team of developers and tech specialists in its Dublin-based offices to power its expansion into new areas of business, including coverage of behind-the-scenes activity at some of the world’s greatest football clubs.
The new team, which includes students from Trinity College Dublin, will deploy their Android and iOS app-development skills to create enhanced functionality for apps serving GMC’s ALTV.com, Findyr and EDG businesses.
“Dublin has proved to be the best place for putting together a hugely-talented, multi-lingual team with the skills to help drive our global expansion,” said Eric Neville, Chief Information Officer at ALTV, who is heading the project. “All our new recruits have all the right qualities to take us on to the next level of development and ground-breaking functionality.”
The improved apps created by the team will allow ALTV.com – GMC’s innovative digital TV platform headquartered in Dublin that is bringing new, and more relevant content to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – to increase the capabilities of its creative contributors. It will also boost delivery of video content for Dugout, its partner business specialising in what happens behind the scenes at famous football clubs such as FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
The project will also enhance the capabilities of Findyr, GMC’s global peer-to-peer platform for crowd-sourcing of hyper-local data and insights at low cost. EDG, GMC’s data analytics business, will use the project to expand its services in insurance risk-management.
Members of the new team, which was recruited within six weeks, come from as far afield as India, Romania, Peru, Slovenia, Oman, Brazil and Ukraine. While three of the Trinity College students will be testing new apps on a part-time basis, a fourth will spend seven months working full-time on software development in a university internship.
The app development team will be led by John Joyce, an experienced Irish software developer and team leader who comes with 20 years’ experience at all levels of user interface development, having spent seven years with Deloitte before founding his own business. With GMC he will deploy the full range of skills acquired in building and scaling software and content across mobile devices.
David McCourt, the founder and CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital said: “GMC is expanding into exciting new areas and becoming a truly global business, requiring skills from around the world.
“Dublin is the perfect location, allowing us to attract some terrifically creative and skilled people from different nations and diverse backgrounds, while also availing ourselves of the great pool of talent here on our doorstep at Trinity College. As we take on new business, move into new areas and develop our technology, the city is set to play a key role in the further growth of our companies.”
The recruitment of Trinity College students is part of GMC’s continuing relationship with the renowned educational institution.