6 Silicon Valley Companies You Didn’t Know Were in the Netherlands
This summer, the Holland Hurricane is speeding through Silicon Valley to ask some of the area’s top tech companies why they chose to invest in Holland. Sporting the Dutch flag and Holland’s iconic tulip, the orange Lamborghini represents the 200+ Silicon Valley companies that also call the Netherlands home. Here are six of those companies that you might not know went Dutch:
Founded in 1984, Oracle’s Dutch branch has been a staple in Utrecht for over 30 years. At the innovative Utrecht office, there are no fixed workplaces – even the Managing Director works in a different place every day. Employees can enjoy a coffee break at the building’s RestOrant and The O-Bar, or use the tennis tables and Wii room located on every floor.
Uber expanded to Amsterdam in 2012, and grew so quickly that it soon had to move to a larger office. Since the expansion, Uber has successfully adopted Amsterdam’s culture – the company recently announced UberBIKE, an in-app option that allows users to request a car with a bike rack. In a city with more bicycles than people, UberBIKE is right on target.
Inspired by the garage where founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the company, Google’s Amsterdam office uses graffiti walls and cardboard box lights to encourage creativity. Gingerbread wall coverings, Stroopwafel ceilings and Delft blue graphics give the office an unmistakable Dutch theme. In addition to its quirky office, Google announced plans to build a $773 million data center in Eemshaven in 2014.
In 2015, Salesforce announced its planned expansion to the Netherlands, to be based in Amsterdam’s Edge building. Awarded the highest score ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment, the Edge is the world’s greenest and most sustainable office building. And with 28,000 sensors that record everything from where employees should park their car to how they like their coffee, it’s also the world’s smartest office building.
DoubleDutch, the creator of a mobile conference application, opened its European headquarters in Amsterdam in 2014. Although the company’s name includes the word “Dutch,” DoubleDutch actually chose to expand to Amsterdam because of the city’s similarity to San Francisco and proximity to Germany, the second-largest events destination in the world. DoubleDutch is committed to understanding the culture of all of its international clients – the Amsterdam office employs people from more than 10 different countries.
Cisco employs 1,000 people at its Netherlands location in the heart of the “IT Delta of Europe.” The Amsterdam campus, which opened in 2002, serves as the company’s only Cisco-owned facility in Europe. While capitalizing on Holland’s technical infrastructure and pool of digitally skilled talent, Cisco has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Netherlands: this past February, Cisco teamed up with Philips and a Dutch utility company to launch a smart lighting project in Amsterdam’s Hoekenrodeplein shopping center.1 August 2016