Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Dropbox is following up its recent milestone of 100 million registered users with an announcement that it is to open an office in Ireland, which will become its first ever presence outside of the US.
The storage service is setting up shop in Dublin — also home to Google, Facebook and other tech firms — although it hasn’t revealed an exact date by which the new office will open. In preparation for its Dublin base, Dropbox is actively hiring for a range of positions, including account executives, account managers, IT engineers and user ops engineers.
Dropbox recently added Italian and European Spanish to the range of languages that it covers, and the company says that the new office will help expand that linguistic support while ensuring that business users and other paying customers outside of North America will have local sales and staff available to help “at nearly all hours of the day.”
Ireland has proven popular with global technology firms thanks to the lower range of tax that the country offers — the Double Irish arrangement — and that lure has hooked another big name in the form of Dropbox. That’s despite controversy around tax that many of the companies are paying in the UK; Google and Facebook are among a series of firms that have been under pressure for paying minimal levels of corporation tax.
Dropbox was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. It has raised a total of $257 million in funding, which included a mega $250 million Series B round which saw investment from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Greylock Partners and others.
Here’s the blog post in full – it is also reproduced in a series of languages, just to reiterate Dropbox’s global focus (it has been used by users across some 200 countries).
Little known fact: Dropbox has served its users in 200 countries (including 10 users in Antarctica!) from just a single office in the States. While it’s made for pretty awesome bragging rights, we’ve decided to listen to common sense and jump the pond. We’re excited to announce that Dublin, Ireland will soon be the home to the very first Dropbox overseas office!
What’ll the move mean for you? Our User Operations team will be offering support in even more languages (now in Italian and European Spanish too), and our sales folks will be available to chat about Dropbox for Teams at nearly all hours of the day.
But we can’t provide this stuff until we’ve got the teams to do it, so check out the opportunities to join us (https://www.dropbox.com/jobs). It’ll be brilliant!
Related: Dropbox for iOS continues multimedia focus with improved video playback, other minor updates
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