About Us

RecommenderX was founded in May of 2016 with the goal of addressing a recurrent business problem that we saw in the market. Companies have large quantities of data and they want their businesses to be data-driven; however the data is siloed, difficult to obtain, and requires significant manual repetitive effort to cleanse, integrate and mine for insights. Fundamentally, being data-driven is hard and we want to make it easier. 

Our vision has always been to bring a SaaS platform to market that is empowered with the best machine learning, recommendation, and data science technologies, which can be repeatedly applied to customer problems in different domains. Automating the repetitive tasks enables companies to become more efficient, freeing up their teams to focus on improving their understanding of their business problems and really driving change. The domain-specific Decision Support Systems (DSS) that we deploy into companies, harnesses the data, and makes teams more effective through tailored business recommendations. 

The success of RecommenderX has been recognised in a number of different ways. In June of 2017 we were one of only six companies worldwide to be accepted into the Mastercard Start Path program, an accelerator for start ups that has exposed us to a number of new business partners. In September of 2017 RecommenderX won the DatSci award for Best Use of Data Science by a Start Up, recognising our contributions to the market in terms of data science and AI.

70 yearscombined experience

600+research publications


Leadership Team

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Co-founder

Kevin holds a PhD from University College Dublin, and has over 10 years of research experience in the areas of Personalization Technologies and Recommender Systems. He has produced more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and several patents. Kevin has a keen understanding of technology, solution architecture, software development and commercialization and expertise in the areas of data analytics, machine learning and data visualization. 

Mark O’Donovan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Co-founder

Mark is an entrepreneur who helps build businesses and create shareholder value. He is experienced in mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs. He was a co-founder and Director of Duolog Technologies, which was sold to ARM Holdings. He is a Director and co-founder of Jones Celtic BioEnergy, a green energy company. Over the course of his of his career, Mark has raised over €320m for Irish technology companies. Mark is a Board member of the AIB Seed Capital Fund.

John Phelan

Business Development & Co-founder

John has identified, grown and commercially scaled companies, including his own, in Ireland, the UK and in the USA. These include several start-ups; one in the UK, three in Ireland and GM of a games company in Chicago. His domain knowledge is in the AI, Software, ICT, MediaTech & Animation sectors. John is involved with all stages of funding (Equity, Debt, Grant, R&D) and stages of development from M&A transactions, Series A, Seed and R&D. Working with great people and brilliant teams, sometimes artist, sometimes sailor…

Dr. Mick Kerrigan

Chief Science Officer (CSO) & Founding Director

Mick holds a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck and a Masters from NUI Galway. Over the last 20 years he has moved from Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval, through Semantic Web technologies, and on to Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, and Data Science. Mick has extensive experience in commercialising AI and related technologies, he was previously the Principal Data Scientist at Independent News and Media (INM) and the Principal Big Data Analytics Strategist at Amdocs.

Meet the entire team