For Whom the Bell Tolls

Three Irish siblings rang the Nasdaq bell this morning

Catriona, Colm and Cormac Barry won a tech start-up competition for their company Trakax.

nasdaq winners wringing bell Catriona Barry, CEO of Trakax, pictured here with her brothers Cormac and Colm Nasdaq Nasdaq

THREE IRISH SIBLINGS rang the opening bell on the Nasdaq stock exchange earlier today.

Catriona, Colm and Cormac Barry were given the opportunity to do this after winning a competition at South by Southwest festival for tech start ups.

The Start-Up Village Pitch competition was sponsored by Nasdaq and Enterprise Ireland Pitching and was won by the Barry’s ‘Trakax’ product.


Trakax works on Android and Windows platforms and allows users to create sophisticated short films using software that is accessible to people with little or no video editing experience.

The product is specifically marketed at businesses, and allows them to create professional content that can easily be uploaded to Facebook or YouTube. It also allows businesses to create podcasts.

The company, which was started in the basement of their parents home, is now anticipated to make an impact on a global stage. They recently announced that Dale Sohn, a former president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America, had joined their leadership team and would be on the company’s board.

Ringing the bell 

Speaking before the ceremony, the company’s CEO, Catriona Barry, said, “I am a combination of excited, terrified and delighted… to be here in New York today, ringing the Nasdaq opening bell, is just an amazing feeling. We intend to enjoy every minute”. 

The company began focusing on video editing software three years ago after it was found that “being creative” on PC and Android products was difficult compared to Apple products.

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