Airbnb could make Dublin its Euro hub
ONE of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing companies is believed to be close to setting up a European hub in Dublin. Airbnb, which already has eight European regional offices, allows people to rent rooms out online.
It is uncertain how many jobs may be initially created if the move goes ahead.
However, the San Francisco-based firm has told some senior staff they will be relocated overseas to an undisclosed European hub, while US reports have named Dublin as a likely destination for the company's European base.
The company also has a registered Irish business listing, naming co-founder and chief product officer Joe Gebbia as one of its Irish directors.
A spokeswoman for the company said she could not talk about plans for a European hub at present. A spokesman for the IDA said that he could not comment on the matter. Airbnb, an abbreviation of Airbed and Breakfast, allows people to rent out unoccupied rooms, apartments or other premises to people in search of accommodation.
The news comes in the wake of a major jobs announcement by Symantec. Up to 400 positions are expected to be created by the IT security company at a Dublin-based call centre.