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US start-up Shippo to hire 120 people at new R&D centre in Dublin

30 Mar 2022

The software company is valued at $1bn, with backing from Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, and aims to continue its expansion from Dublin.

US shipping software company Shippo plans to create 120 new jobs in Dublin with the opening of a new European R&D centre in the Irish capital.

The company’s platform enables e-commerce businesses to connect to multiple shipping carriers globally. Businesses can also use the platform to automate internal documents, track shipments, get shipping rates, print labels and facilitate returns.

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Shippo’s Dublin office will initially facilitate engineering, product and design teams. Its move to Dublin is part of its international expansion plan. The company was founded in San Francisco in 2013 and last year became a unicorn with a valuation of $1bn.

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“With our European team working with our US engineering teams in building a world-class shipping service, as well as spearheading new initiatives for the European market, including platform API optimisations, carrier integrations and building a brand new mobile app, this new location will enable us to deliver more tailored programs to our customers and partners across Europe,” said Shippo president and co-founder Simon Kreuz.

Shippo has hired tech veteran Ashutosh Saxena as site lead and head of engineering for Europe. He will oversee day-to-day operations in Dublin, while leading Shippo’s expansion throughout Europe as well as building out and managing the engineering team.

Saxena, who was previously engineering lead and director of Ireland operations at US travel-tech company Deem, said it was a “wonderful career opportunity to join the company at this stage”.

“As a home to some of the best engineering talent in the world, Ireland felt like a natural next step for Shippo as we continue our international expansion, and I’m excited to help lead this effort locally,” he added.

Shippo’s investors include Union Square Ventures, Uncork Capital, VersionOne Ventures and FundersClub.

Stripe co-founder and CEO Patrick Collison is also a backer. “That Shippo has chosen my home country – and location of Stripe’s second headquarters – as the basecamp for its European presence makes the company’s continued expansion all the more exciting,” he said.

For more information on jobs in Dublin, visit Shippo’s careers webpage. It is currently advertising for a number of engineering roles.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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