Stepen Tabb from Global Shares: “Alignment with UPTEC allows Global Shares increased connectivity, networking, access to talent and access to the University of Porto. “

At UPTEC we welcome startups and big companies from all over the world. UPTEC is introducing you some of our international innovation centres through our “Open Doors”. This month, Stephen Tabb from Global Shares is our interviewee. Check out why Global Shares chose UPTEC and their main reasons to join our ecosystem.

Stephen Tabb || Global HR Director
Global Shares || Ireland || 190 employees in Portugal (Porto and Lisbon)

Established in 2005, today Global Shares is 1 of only 3 global providers in the employee ownership fintech space. Global Shares has the solution to help you track your company’s ownership and manage your equity compensation plans, seamlessly.


Why did your company come to Portugal?

Initially Lisbon was chosen back in 2016 as a destination to expand our IT department and to create a new IT hub, this decision was based on access to IT talent and the quality of Portuguese Software Engineers. Following continued growth, Global Shares is once again increasing our IT department to service our expanding client portfolio and to develop new services and solutions. Following careful planning and consideration, Porto was chosen as a new IT hub in tandem with the continued expansion of our Lisbon IT hub.

What made you choose UPTEC to develop your company?

Alignment with UPTEC allows Global Shares increased connectivity, networking, access to talent and access to the University of Porto. UPTEC also provides Global Shares with an opportunity to collaborate and build our team.

What do you think about Global Shares’ experience in Portugal?

Our experience in Portugal has been one of success, the quality and professionalism our Portuguese team has brought to our journey has been significant, catapulting Global Shares to a position of market prominence and leadership.

To what do you attribute your company’s success?

The success of our company is directly attributable to our employees, paying particular attention to their loyalty, professionalism, bravery, tenacity and their continued pursuit of improvement.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

You will fail. Success will not look like what you have in mind and is only achievable if you don’t give up as you will fail along the way. Failing is only the end if you quit. Invest in your people and remain true to your values.

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