Internet sharing firm Dropbox to establish international HQ in Dublin
THE computer file-sharing firm Dropbox has announced plans to establish its international operation centre in Dublin.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed this morning that Dropbox is opening its first base outside the United States in the capital.
The firm provides a free service which allows users to easily access and share documents, photos and videos from anywhere in the world.
Several positions in multilingual sales, account management and user operations will be created, with staff due to support Dropbox users across Europe.
Mr Kenny said Ireland has become the European hub for many of the world's leading digital companies.
"The arrival of a top cloud company like Dropbox indicates Ireland's growing capacity to usher in the next generation of internet companies," he said.
"Ireland has many advantages to offer international companies, including our young, passionate and talented workforce, all of which will be a great asset to Dropbox as they make their new home in Dublin."
More than a third of the firm's 100 million users are in Europe.
Drew Houston, chief executive and co-founder of Dropbox, said the new Dublin operation centre makes the company better positioned to serve even more people locally while it continues to grow.
He did not say exactly how many jobs will be created.
"We're delighted to be closer to millions of our European customers," Mr Houston said.
The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.