6. February 2014–
Yandex, Russia's largest search engine, today announced it will be opening a new office in Berlin. The office will house a research and development team and be located near Alexanderplatz.
Although the company claims its Berlin office can house up to 130 staff, at first it plans on employing 30-40 software engineers and user interface designers. The employees will be tasked with working on a global version of Yandex.Maps.
In a press statement, a Yandex spokesperson said: "Berlin was chosen because of the three key factors: a great academic and research environment with many universities supplying well-prepared professionals to the job market; a lively and fast-growing startup scene attracting ideas and ambitious teams from all over the world; and optimal cost of living. All of the above, together with the city’s geographic position, allows Yandex to use Berlin as a base for recruitment not only in Germany, but also all over Europe."
Headquartered in Moscow, Yandex now has 16 offices globally including two in Switzerland, which, among other things, are responsible for European sales and developing speech recognition technology.
Yandex holds 64 per cent market share in Russia – Google trails well behind with just 22 per cent. Available in english since 2010, Yandex also runs operations in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Turkey.
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