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Overture to open Euro HQ in Dublin...
......so they say.
glengara




msg:263167
 10:43 am on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

According to the Sunday Times, O is set to join Google in Dublin, and create 200 jobs.
No one more surprised than the Irish members, I'd say!

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webdiversity




msg:263168
 11:52 am on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Our understanding of this is that the facility is to allow editorial process to be conducted over here instead of in USA, so the localised issues you have when editors don't know your content will disappear.

Good news from where we sit.

jimmykav




msg:263169
 2:29 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Great - I will soon be able to stroll around the bars, cafes and search engines of Dublin.....

vibgyor79




msg:263170
 6:10 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Something that I don't understand - why is everybody going to Ireland? Do they offer some sort of incentives for companies setting up shop there?

gibbon




msg:263171
 7:08 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>Something that I don't understand - why is everybody going to Ireland?

good supply of skilled labour (loads of graduates) & they speak english too

...and then there's the pubs ;)

Gibbon

theposter




msg:263172
 8:08 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

cheaper cost of operations. Dunno how the irish currency fares to the USD, but trust me it has to be lower....

Shak




msg:263173
 8:11 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

taxation possibly?

a member of the "proper" EU?

friendlier people?

who knows, but it seems like a growing trend.

Shak

vibgyor79




msg:263174
 8:17 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Nah.. It's probably the pubs thing.. ;)

verse99




msg:263175
 8:58 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

it's just for the customer service and editorial process for the european markets.

The US operations will stay in CA.

webdiversity




msg:263176
 10:59 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

It coincides with their plans to open several more countries in the next few months including South Korea, Spain, Italy.

I'm amazed that they haven't gone down under the Australians are crying out for a good PPC provider.

The reason for Ireland is indeed the high skill level and a cheaper cost of living, space is less of an issue than say London.

It's a good move if the quality of service is good.

johnser




msg:263177
 11:45 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Personally I think both G & Ovt should go to Galway. Guinness is much better & hey, the fishing is good too ;)

Actually, the cost of living in Dublin is not too remote from London prices. Its actually very similar IMHO.

Ireland is also the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone with lots of decent call centre facilities.

GoogleGuy




msg:263178
 1:36 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Mmmm, pubs. :)

opaltech




msg:263179
 3:05 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yup... it's actually a combination of a few factors (everybody setting up in Ireland)

1. The Irish Government has implemented heavy tax concessions for overseas companies to set-up shop in Ireland (last I heard the figure was around 10% - which is a big difference from the UK).

It's why Dell, Microsoft, Intel, SAP, etc - all have bases in Ireland (The Intel factory there is the largest Intel plant outside the US).

2. Well educated young workforce. Ireland has a comparatively young IT literate workforce; and most importantly:

3. The beer is good. Many companies actually offer a sales incentive program called "The Beer incentive". Basically the more sales you make - the more beer they give you (i.e. Good performance would warrant a six pack - great performance equals a 24 slab).

It doesn't cost the IT companies anything (because it's classified as a tax write-off & they have all the major breweries as customers anyway).

I practically had to buy a seperate fridge for all the beer when I was working over there.

The Irish are a good lot to work with :-)

engine




msg:263180
 7:29 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>I practically had to buy a seperate fridge for all the beer when I was working over there.

You obviously were not drinking enough of it! ;-)

glengara




msg:263181
 7:43 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

12 1/2% Corporation Tax can be a pretty convincing argument.

makemetop




msg:263182
 8:05 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

>No one more surprised than the Irish members, I'd say!..

I got asked to the Official Launch (yesterday) some time ago - as did some other Irish SEM companies - and got to meet some of the team setting up the facility and the editorial teams. From what I heard, major efforts are going to be put in to making the editorial process smoother and slicker for European customers. I'm looking forward to seeing the benefits.

glengara




msg:263183
 8:27 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ah yes, other Irish SEM companies.....where would they be without the big O?

makemetop




msg:263184
 8:53 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yes! Note I didn't say Irish SEO companies!

jmccormac




msg:263185
 5:08 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Personally I think both G & Ovt should go to Galway. Guinness is much better & hey, the fishing is good too ;)

I wonder what problems a search on Galway hookers would cause Jonser. Though I think that the main attraction in Dublin is the bargain basement bandwidth/datacentre deals. It may have been a good thing if they had been based outside of Dublin.

Regards...jmcc
[ObExplanation: A Galway hooker is a boat. :)]

johnser




msg:263186
 6:05 pm on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah JM

I can just see that phrase flashing across the "current searches online" at Wordtracker & in Googles' reception. Still, "Dublin hookers"? We might see "Benburb St" yet though.....

It must be the bandwidth.

EBear




msg:263187
 4:43 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

As Boston is so far away, anyone in Dublin fancy meeting for a pint? Some Thursday? Somewhere on the Dart (to suit Glengara)?

johnser




msg:263188
 5:41 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Next Thurs (24th) suit anyone?
J

EBear




msg:263189
 1:10 pm on Apr 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Suits me. (I thought you were in London, Johnser?)

How about O'Reilly's @ Tara St Station?

johnser




msg:263190
 1:21 pm on Apr 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi Ebear

I am but not this w/e.

How about 8.00 @ Tara St ticket office as otherwise we might never find each other (Ryanair permitting!)

Perhaps lets stickymail from now on & anyone else who wants to come along?
J

glengara




msg:263191
 1:29 pm on Apr 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Seem to have missed a few posts here, I'm out of circ. till next week unfortunately :-(

EBear




msg:263192
 3:15 pm on Apr 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Johnser

Check your sticky.

futureX




msg:263193
 12:09 pm on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>open several more countries in the next few months

omg I didnt realise Google was that big, they're opening countries now :\

hehe

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