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Databricks Invests in European Development Center Headquartered in Amsterdam

Company Prepares to Invest 100 Million Euros over the Next 3 Years to Support Growth

October 8, 2019
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Amsterdam – October 8, 2019Databricks, the leader in unified data analytics, prepares to invest over 100 Million Euros over the next three years to support its European expansion in Amsterdam. The European Development Center is an engineering hub for development and innovation of the company’s Unified Data Analytics Platform. The company has grown its engineering team in Amsterdam 3x in the past two years.

“As a very pro-business and innovative country, the Netherlands welcomes the Databricks investment in Amsterdam,” said Henny Jacobs, Executive Director of the Americas for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, which assisted with the expansion. “The company’s growth is a testament to its ability to attract a skilled workforce that wants to live and work in a vibrant city like Amsterdam, as well as Dutch infrastructure like our world-class broadband network.”

Databricks launched in Europe two years ago with just a few employees and is expected to grow to 200 employees by the end of the year. ‘Making the Move to Amsterdam’ shares how one Databricks engineering employee made the move from San Francisco to Amsterdam among several members of the engineering team to lead the Billing Infrastructure and Usage team.

“We’ve built a strong engineering team in Amsterdam that plays an integral role in the development of our product. We’ve been lucky enough to attract not only local talent, but high caliber talent from around the world in our European Development Center,” said Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO at Databricks. “Our investments in Amsterdam over the next three years will support our mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems, and continuing to build a top notch engineering squad in Amsterdam is integral to our success.”

This Month Databricks Hosts Spark + AI Summit in Amsterdam
Databricks will host the Spark + AI Summit October 15 - 17, which returns to Amsterdam since its initial European debut in 2015. Spark + AI Summit is an event for data teams, including developers, data scientists and data and analytics leaders, to engage in discussions regarding data, analytics, machine learning and practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI). This year’s event will take place at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. This Summit offers more than 2,000 attendees several one-day training workshops, which include both instruction and hands-on exercises.

About Databricks
Databricks’ mission is to accelerate innovation for its customers by unifying Data Science, Engineering and Business. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, Databricks provides a Unified Data Analytics Platform for data science teams to collaborate with data engineering and lines of business to build data products. Users achieve faster time-to-value with Databricks by creating analytic workflows that go from ETL and interactive exploration to production. The company also makes it easier for its users to focus on their data by providing a fully managed, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that reduces operational complexity and total cost of ownership. Databricks, venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue Management, Microsoft, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Battery Ventures, Green Bay Ventures, and Geodesic, among others, has a global customer base that includes Viacom, Shell and HP.

Apache, Apache Spark and Spark are trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation.

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