Its official.. We love Dublin. The ESADE Tech and Media club has just returned from a four-day trek to the capital of Ireland where we had our fill of Irish music, Guinness, and of course, all things tech!
Dublin continues its rise as an international, talent-rich tech hub where many of the world’s most impactful companies have chosen to set up shop – many as their primary point of presence in Europe. Our group of 35 students was warmly received by four of the biggest players – Dropbox, Facebook, Google and Salesforce – who shared insights on today’s tech landscape, spoke to their corporate growth strategies, and provided a glimpse of employee life in high-tech.
Day one kicked off with an early visit to Dropbox, where we learned about the Dropbox business model, the impacts of last year’s IPO, and the company’s plans for expansion – in particular, how Dropbox for Business will play a key role in the company’s plan to increase profitability. After seeing their on-site gym, nail salon, and free barista service, we’re ready to move in, and are filing a petition to change the name of meeting room 3D05 to Bocadillos.
The visit was followed by an equally warm reception at Google, where we heard the stories of three ESADE alums and their journeys within the company. Our host Antonio beautifully summed up Google’s dedication to do good by the world through innovation. With regards to a few moonshot projects he told us, “sometimes it’s not about building to sell, rather it’s about building to show what’s possible.”