Software giant Evernote plans European HQ here
THE US online software firm Evernote is close to establishing an office in Dublin, according to sources close to the company.
The firm, which makes productivity software for PCs, smartphones and tablets, is currently in discussions with Irish tax planners about opening an office here, with a view to establishing it as a European headquarters. The company currently has offices in Switzerland and Moscow but none within the European Union.
Evernote is understood to have received assistance from the IDA over a possible move here.
The company's chief executive, Phil Libin, has spoken before of Dublin's suitability as a European office for Evernote.
"We've been looking closely at Ireland as a place to help us build the next great part of Evernote," Libin told The Irish Independent at last November's Dublin Web Summit.
"Dublin is one of the major technology centres of the world now. There are people from all over the world coming here for opportunity. Ireland is a really great place to be right now."
The move would make Evernote, which has 90m users and over $250m(€180m) in private funding, the latest high profile Silicon Valley company to set up an Irish office.
Last month, online accommodation firm Airbnb moved its international headquarters to Dublin with the creation of 100 new jobs.
Meanwhile, Linkedin is expected to increase its headcount here over the next year from its current level of 450. The Irish Independent understands that the firm is considering an additional 100 new jobs in the next year. The company is seeking a new office building in Dublin as its Wilton Place headquarters is too small to accommodate its expansion plans. The hiring drive will be part of a new initiative to boost non-US business for the company.
Ireland hosts the company's global headquarters for all territories outside the US and Canada.
According to LinkedIn sources, jobs are expected to be concentrated across existing departments, including sales and customer support.
LinkedIn joins a list of tech firms based in Dublin that say they are desperate to add more staff.
Brian Halligan, the founder and chief executive of online marketing service Hubspot,said that he would "more than double" the firm's Dublin workforce if he could.
"It literally comes down to whether we can get the people," he said. "This is a great location that is helping the business really expand. But it's getting really harder to find skilled people."