Daniel Entoft, account executive at Dropbox, tells us why he chose Ireland as a place to live and work, and how the west coast is the real deal.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, where the weather is a constant complaint and polar bears roam the streets at night.
How long have you been in Ireland?
I’ve been in Ireland for about eight months.
Why did you move here?
For the opportunity to increase Dropbox’s presence in Europe and to be part of a start-up going through hyper growth.
What work do you do?
I work in sales – the Nordic markets are my main focus. That means that I’m on the phone a lot talking to businesses about how they work currently, what challenges they are facing and how Dropbox for Business can be a good solution in terms of security and productivity. Since Dropbox EMEA still is a very young organisation there is tonnes of stuff that we need to figure out so I also spend my time with various business development projects and defining processes.
How would you describe your working environment?
Amazing! It’s a very unique place to work. People are super smart and ambitious, but it’s still a very relaxed and friendly environment. Sometimes you forget that this is actually a workplace since you have so much fun in the office and it’s nice to just hang around for a beer after work or play some table tennis.
What do you like most about your job?
I feel proud to work with such a cool product as Dropbox and my favorite thing about my job is when I get to have great conversations with interesting people from around the world, learn about their business and feel that I actually can make an impact on how they work. And also the satisfaction of defeating my colleagues in a game of table tennis.
Was it difficult to adjust to living and working in Ireland?
Not at all! I got such a warm welcome from Dropbox and the Irish people are very friendly. There are many young professionals in Dublin that are in the same situation, moving to a new country and not knowing that many people, that creates a very friendly and international environment.
What surprised you about moving to Ireland?
That the weather was not as bad as they say. Coming from Sweden and hearing people warning me about the Irish weather made me think that I was going to battle hurricanes and rain basically every day but that is not the case. The weather is very changing, which I like. In Sweden we can have four months of “mulet” weather (50 shades of grey, but not in the best-selling book kind of way), which is demotivating to say the least.
How does your working life help to make you feel at home here?
We have all kinds of team activities, dinners and parties that are always good craic. There is also a lot of email groups that you can be part of if you want to play any sport or get people together for an event.
What do you like most about your adopted home?
That Ireland is such an interesting country with amazing nature. A friend and me just bought a car and recently drove to the west coast to surf, which was just incredible. Everything is so accessible here in Ireland; you can drive from coast to coast in three hours. I think it’s easy to be comfortable in Dublin once you have settled in a bit, but I would really encourage people to go out and explore all of Ireland.