Kobo opens European Software Development Centre in Dublin
Michael Serbins, CEO, Kobo, with Conor Whelan, managing director, Eason & Son, at the opening of the Kobo European Software Development Centre in Dublin. Photo by Andres Poveda

Kobo opens European Software Development Centre in Dublin

30 Oct 2013

E-reading service Kobo is opening its new European Software Development Centre in Dublin and has created more than 30 jobs for software developers with support from IDA Ireland.

Working with teams in Toronto, Canada, the Dublin office will support the development and implementation of Kobo’s international e-reading ecosystem for booksellers and readers around the world.

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, said Kobo’s Dublin team will provide the software expertise and support to their customers and colleagues across the globe.

“Kobo in Dublin will enhance Ireland’s reputation as the digital capital of Europe,” O’Leary added.

Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, said the Dublin team helps deliver the best e-reading experiences and localised offerings for its bookselling partners, such as Eason. That partnership was also announced today.

“Ireland is home to some of the brightest minds in the tech sector, and we’re excited to announce the opening of the Kobo office in Dublin,” Serbinis said.

Eoghan Murphy, TD, said it makes sense for Kobo to choose Dublin at its base for European operations, because the city is the tech capital of Europe, as well as an UNESCO city of literature.

“The partnership with a traditional company like Eason’s is great to see and we can be certain that this will lead to a number of spin-off jobs being created as a result,” Murphy added.

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina comes to Ireland from Canada, where she held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she’s not saving dangling participles or managing production at Siliconrepublic.com, she’s training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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