Google plans to hire 200 people in Dublin, Ireland, where it's currently setting up a new ops division. The centre will be located in the Eastpoint Business Park, according to the Irish Times. Mountain View said the new office would oversee the firm's location-based tech products, such as Google Local and Google Maps. “The …
In 2003 I had an informal lunchtime chat with a Googler who was heading off to Ireland along with some others on a quick tour of the country hosted by some Irish govt development people. He was curious as to why they wanted him to visit places called "Sligo" and "Galway" when he'd only ever heard of Dublin. I explained to him there was a policy of trying to sucker companies into moving out of Dublin and into the arse-end of nowhere in the name of "decentralisation". I had to use equivalencies such as "Ozarks" and "Cajuns" so he could understand what kind of deal they were trying to set up with Google. Needless to say, Dublin won out.
Some people might think Sligo a step up from Mountain View, whose only claim to fame (apart from being Google's HQ) is a huge stadium at which pop concerts are held - Shoreline Amphitheater. Said concerts piss off academics in otherwise quiet Palo Alto next door who teach future Googlers at Stanford. Nothing to see here folks move along to, er, Cupertino?
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