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Highlights of ‘game-changing’ Silicon Valley Trip


 Global Shares – Winner of the Deloitte & Silicon Valley Bank ‘FinTech Company of the Year’ Award – has completed an ‘energising’ profile-raising trip to Silicon Valley, generating millions of dollars in opportunities for the Irish Software Company.


19 April 2018 – Cork, Ireland – Global Shares, leading global provider of equity compensation software solutions and winner of the Deloitte & Silicon Valley Bank  ‘FinTech Company of the Year’ Award has returned from a hugely successful week-long sponsored tour of Silicon Valley with a multitude of leads, soon-to-be-contracted business & opportunities worth millions of dollars.

The hectic 5-day business trip spanned the Silicon Valley region including San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and San Francisco’s Financial District. The schedule included meetings, demos & networking events with partners, prospects and associations, as well as a few  touristic highlights – a Giants Baseball Game & the ‘Alcatraz by Night’ Tour.

Global Shares won the ‘FinTech Company of the Year’ Award at the prestigious Deloitte Ireland Fast 50 Awards in November 2017, which rank Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies. Deloitte partnered with Silicon Valley Bank in the new ‘FinTech Award’ Category to recognise and showcase companies who are influencing this space with their technology and innovation.

Part of the prize included a trip for Global Shares to Silicon Valley, tailored to suit the growth trajectory of the company to meet with key strategic partners and prospects and to Silicon Valley Global Shares CEO Tim Houstoun & VP GM US Hugh Currannetwork within the wider Silicon Valley community.  Global Shares was represented in Silicon Valley by CEO Tim Houstoun from Global Shares’ HQ in Ireland and VP – Global Shares US, Hugh Curran who is based in Global Shares’s New Jersey office.

Global Shares CEO Tim Houstoun commented:

“We have been on the business journey-of-a-lifetime, travelling 8,181km across the globe to showcase our market-leading equity compensation software first-hand in Silicon Valley – the very place where equity compensation was founded. We spent 5 days on the ground working our way through a comprehensive and varied itinerary and we return home energised and optimistic, with many opportunities, some of which have the potential to be real game-changers for our business. What is the overall impact of this trip to Global Shares? It is multi-fold. We experienced full immersion of the unique world that is Silicon Valley. Doors were opened for us & we got the inside track on the market, which will help to formulate our strategy going forward. We forged deeper relationships with our partners and will be included in more tender processes going forward. We will also sign a number of new contracts as a result of the trip and we got numerous introductions to pursue. We also got a few investment offers!  Crucially we got face-to-face meetings with C Level Executives, creating a valuable network of direct contacts for the future. We are  now working through all those opportunities and have penciled in dates for a follow-up visit shortly, along with setting in motion plans to open a Global Shares office in Silicon Valley by the end of Q4 2018. The trip surpassed all our expectations and we are would like to thank Deloitte Ireland and Silicon Valley Bank for their partnership, collaboration and sponsorship since winning the FinTech Award, all of which made this trip a phenomenal success”.


The Itinerary:

Silicon Valley Tour Itinerary 2


Infograph of the trip:

See a visual summary of the trip – Key locations, Silicon Valley in numbers, photo gallery & more info!


Click the image or this link to view the infograph!

Infograph - SV trip 9-13 APR 2018

A few photo highlights:

Photo highlights - GS SV TOUR


For more information on the trip, visit @GlobalShares on Twitter and and search #GSonTour:


For further information:

Global Shares PR & Marketing Manager, Aisling Riordan

A: West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland.

T: +353 23 88 33062 


About Global Shares:

Global Shares is a leading global provider of equity compensation management software, providing Stock Plan Administration, Share-Dealing, Financial Reporting, Global Compliance and expert support services to companies and their employees in over 100 countries worldwide.

We have developed a highly innovative cloud-based FinTech software solution for private and public companies of all sizes to manage their employee Equity Plans, which can be customised for virtually every imaginable type of stock plan (Options, ESPP, Restricted Stock, Performance Stock) and any industry, country, language or currency. 

Our technology platform is the most modern equity plan management software in the world, offering an exceptional online experience, unrivalled functionality and a fully customisable solution. Our software is developed 100% at our Headquarters in West Cork and has set a new benchmark for the global stock plan administration industry.

Additionally we are FINRA/SEC and MiFID regulated and offer clients a complete one-stop integrated brokerage solution.

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