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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Cloud storage firm Dropbox selects Dublin city centre office

Dropbox selects Hatch Street, Dublin 2 location

Peter Flanagan

Published 18/07/2013 | 15:24

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DROPBOX has begun recruiting for its Dublin office as it seeks to ramp its European business.

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It has chosen offices at Hatch Street, Dublin 2 over two floors where it will occupy just over 5,000 square metres.

The cloud storage firm announced plans to set up its first international office in Dublin last year. It currently has about 15 staff on site here, but now it is looking for graduates and numerous other positions and is expected to hire over 40 people.

While many of the roles will require a mainstream European language, DropBox country manager Johann Butting has made clear his team will take on any staff who have the prerequisite skills in the likes of sales and operations.

“The DropBox Associate Programme is what we use to bring in people either straight out of college or who are a year or two into their career.

“We don’t have a specific ‘checklist’ of what we want from people. We want staff that are excellent communicators, very analytically minded or ‘bring a spark’ to the business,” he claimed.

“The programme will see successful applicants undergo extensive training both here and in San Francisco. It is vital for us that new people can appreciate the culture of the company and understand how we go about our business,” he added.

DropBox was only set up in 2009 but already has nearly 200m users worldwide, despite still being a very small company. The staff numbers are so small that every employee is featured on the company’s website.

Mr Butting believes that is a vital selling point for potential employees.

“DropBox has a huge user base, but is still an early stage company so staff have great freedom in what they do here, perhaps more so than if they were with a bigger, more mature firm,” he believes.

Applicants can apply at Dropbox.com/jobs while the company will also be holding an open night at a “Pub Summit” next Thursday. Details are at pubsummit.net.

Given the well known tax advantages for multinationals setting up here, it would be easy to assume that was the sole reason for DropBox coming here. Mr Butting however is adamant that is not the case.

“A third of our users are in Europe and that is growing rapidly, so we need to be on the ground in Europe to provide the best service. The financial benefits were of no consideration for selecting Ireland as a base,” he claimed.

 

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