3 tech superstars who started their European journey at Glandore

Glandore Members & Partners

In recent years, many big-name companies have made the move to Ireland. Having been in business for 16 years, Glandore has assisted many of these international businesses set-up their EMEA headquarters.

Here is a list of some tech superstar alumni that you may not have known started their journey in Ireland right here in Glandore’s Dublin and Belfast offices.

1.         Twitter

Twitter humbly started in 2006 out as an idea called “twttr”, a way to send a text to one number but then broadcast it out to your friends. The company steadily grew with more and more tweets being sent each day. In 2010 it exploded, and Twitter users were sending over 50 million tweets a day. As we all know, the company has grown even more since then. Today we send out 500 million tweets a day, 6,000 tweets a second.

By 2011, Twitter decided it needed to establish an international office and chose Dublin as their base. At this time, the company claimed to have 175 million Twitter users worldwide. Using office space provided by Glandore they began to grow their company in Ireland, eventually spreading out and establishing their European Headquarters in the city.

Since then, Twitter has refurbished their office and created a state-of-the-art facility based in Cumberland Place in Dublin City Centre. At a cost of €29 million they have created a modern-day office which houses their 200 Irish employees.

2.         Facebook

As most of us already know from watching the biopic, The Social Network, Facebook was founded by tech-genius Mark Zuckerberg in his small, Harvard dorm room in 2004. The website was originally an exclusive online network for fellow Harvard students but then began to expand to college campuses across the US.

Over the years, Facebook began to open its services to the public and has since become the world’s most popular social media website with over 2 billion users worldwide.

Ireland played a vital role in Facebook’s European journey. They officially opened their European headquarters in Dublin in 2010 with an impressively flashy structure located at Grand Canal Dock, but did you know that they had actually made their move into Ireland the year previous?

The social media giant had set first set up shop with some office space in Fitzwilliam Hall in 2009, initially starting with only two employees. That two turned into 50 very quickly and now Facebook’s European Headquarters hosts over 1,500 skilled employees.

Recently, Zuckerberg decided to expand his operations within Ireland even further by planning to lease a 110,000 sq ft building located between East Point Business Park and The Point Village. This deal will add a further 1,000 employees to their staggering workforce.

3.         Rapid 7

Rapid 7, a major provider of security analytics software, was founded in 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts by Alan Matthews, Tas Giakouminakis and Chad Loder, who were all working together as executives at software companies.

Back in 2015, the company decided to enter the European market with Belfast chosen as their ideal location for their software innovation centre. Using flexible office space provided by Glandore, the company provided new jobs for 75 skilled workers along with a plethora of placement opportunities for students. Even to this day, Rapid 7 continues to grow its business into the European market using Glandore as their base.

Rapid7 provides data security solutions to over 6,500 organisations across over 120 countries. Some of the biggest companies in the industry such as LG, Netflix, Microsoft and Disney, trust Rapid7 to deliver high-quality support and solutions for their security needs.


At Glandore, we offer flexible workspace to a variety of international companies looking to expand into Europe. Our membership options allow you to grow, scale and expand your business depending on your individual needs. Find out more about becoming a Glandore Member here.

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