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Irish Examiner

May 2, 2013 View Original Article

US website publisher selects Dublin as its regional hub

US-based website publisher Squarespace has selected Dublin as the location for its first overseas office; a move which will create 100 jobs here.

The New York-headquartered company operates a publishing platform allowing users to create web pages and blogs without having to build their own supporting programme. 

It will use Dublin as its Europe, Middle-East and Africa region headquarters, with the capital beating stiff competition from other European cities for the firm’s attention. 

“We chose Dublin as our first location outside of New York over many others in Europe. 

“Dublin offers us a friendly, young and talented workforce in a vibrant centre city location. It’s the perfect choice for Square-space,” company founder and chief executive, Anthony Casalena said yesterday. 

In Dublin for the announcement, Square-space’s chief operating officer Jesse Hertzberg hinted at the possibility of the company announcing further Irish-based jobs down the line, when he said there was “potential for growth” here. 

The Dublin facility is expected to be up and running very shortly and recruitment has already begun. 

Speaking at yesterday’s IDA Ireland/Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Squarespace’s choosing of Dublin is “a signal of Ireland’s growing reputation as the internet capital of Europe” and generates great opportunities for the country’s skilled workforce. 

“We are determined to foster a supportive and flexible enterprise environment, so that Ireland’s digital economy can continue to grow,” the Taoiseach added. 

Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton added that Squarespace is a highly innovative company and a leader in its field, also noting that the announcement marks great news for the city and the sector. 

“ICT is a key sector targeted as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and in the two years we have been in office over 11,000 additional people work in this sector,” Mr Bruton added.