Shippo is opening a new European R&D centre in Dublin.
As part of its international expansion plans, San Francisco e-commerce shipping platform Shippo is to create 120 highly skilled jobs in Dublin.
Shippo is the shipping platform where e-commerce businesses, marketplaces, and other platforms are able to connect to multiple shipping carriers around the world from a single API and dashboard. The company has raised over $150m in funding and was recently valued at $1bn.
“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”
The company’s international expansion plans centre on growing its global workforce and expanding its shipping infrastructure and carrier ecosystem.
Global merchant community
“We serve a growing, international community of merchants who are looking for a global end-to-end shipping solution,” said Simon Kreuz, president and co-founder at Shippo.
“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.”
Shippo has hired tech veteran Ashutosh Saxena as Site Lead and Head of Engineering, Europe. Capitalising on his nearly two decades of industry experience, including his most recent effort establishing and growing another Bay Area company in Dublin, Saxena will lead the company’s expansion throughout Europe as well as building out and managing the engineering team, and will oversee day-to-day operations in Dublin.
“Shippo’s vision is to provide Amazon-like shipping to all e-commerce merchants, and it is a wonderful career opportunity to join the company at this stage,” Ashutosh said. “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.”
The announcement builds on key milestones that Shippo achieved this year including a mult-year partnership with Shopify, the launch of a new product called Shippo for Platforms and international carrier expansion across five European countries, representing the first phase of Shippo’s international growth.
“The internet economy is still in its early days,” said Patrick Collison, Stripe co-founder and CEO, and a Shippo investor. “Shippo’s work orchestrating the world’s intricate shipping infrastructure will help millions of businesses around the world to expand their operations and reach new customers. 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.”
The expansion was welcomed by IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan who said: “Shippo is a welcome addition to the SaaS technology space in Ireland. The availability of multilingual technology talent here will help the company with this expansion of its operations into Europe.”
Main image: Laura Behrens Wu and Simon Kreux, co-founders of Shippo