Dropbox selects Dublin for HQ location

Global cloud computing company, Dropbox has selected Dublin as the location for its international headquarters, in something of a coup for the Government in its bid to make Ireland a European hub for the world’s leading digital companies.

The San Francisco- headquartered file-sharing specialist — which allows users to access and share documents and digital content with anyone around the world, from a range of devices — will establish a base in Dublin early in the new year.

It will be the company’s first office outside of California, where it employs more than 200 people.

Recruitment has begun already, over a number of disciplines, with 30-40 people expected to be taken on next year.

The company expects to double that headcount in its second year of operating here.

The Dublin facility will provide technical support and other functions, mainly to Dropbox’s European user base.

Two-thirds of the company’s 100 million users are located outside of the US, with approximately one-third based in Europe.

Mitra Lohrasbpour — business development manager at Dropbox — will head up the Dublin office. She said yesterday the company had spent up to nine months looking at possible locations for a European base and picked Dublin mainly for its skilled technological workforce.

“By opening our international headquarters in Dublin and tapping into the large talent pool that exists there, we’re better- positioned to serve even more people locally while we continue to grow,” chief executive and co-founder, Drew Houston, added.

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Richard Bruton said that the arrival of one of the leading cloud computing specialists to Ireland is “a great example” of the Government’s plans to target high-growth emerging companies to locate here; while Bono — a high profile investor in Dropbox — paid tribute to the efforts of the Government and IDA Ireland, who he said “played a blinder” in attracting the firm.

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