Business-focused social media network LinkedIn is to base its international headquarters in Dublin.
LinkedIn will manage international expansion from the new headquarters, but will still keep the original and main HQ in California. They will give the area a plethora of new jobs, although they are yet to confirm exactly how many new jobs will be created. Kevin Eyres, managing director for LinkedIn Europe believes that Dublin will provide them with great access to a skilled workforce.
“Being based in Dublin gives us access to a highly skilled workforce and enables us to co-ordinate our business growth across Europe and beyond to deliver the best possible service to our members,” he said.
The network was founded in 2003 and has over 60 million members across the globe and acts a purely business alternative to social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace, which tend to be more for social purposes.
LinkedIn is another Internet company who has been drawn to Dublin for European or international expansion outside of the US. EBay recently announced they were creating an extra 150 jobs at their current European headquarters in Dublin.
Many other successful Internet based companies such as Google and Facebook have been attracted to Dublin, benefiting from a skilled, English-speaking workforce and low corporate taxes.