Russian internet giant Yandex does apparently not settle for its leadership position in many markets on the east of Europe. As an indication of its expansionist ambitions across the continent, Moscow-based company is now opening its third European offices, this time in Berlin. This will be Yandex’s 16th office globally.
According to the official blog post, the team in Berlin office will be mostly busy with the development of Yandex.Maps global version. Company plans to employ up to 130 people in Berlin offices in 2014 to fill around 30-40 workstations that will be set up along the way to work on future tasks and projects.
For those who are interested may take a look at current job openings for Berlin offices which are located on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße. Blog post reads that choosing Berlin for new offices was the most reasonable thing to do, for it has an attractive business environment, an impressive academic scene and a lively startup community.
With its central geographic location, the capital city of Germany has, fairly enough, become a major European hub for the IT industry, hosting a number of key events and conferences. Yandex seems to be seeking partnerships with Berliner startups and talents for further expansion of its global maps services. Yandex’s mapping partner Nokia HERE (ex-Navteq) is based in Berlin after all.
Yandex has offices in Lucerne, where European sales are managed, and in Zurich which is mainly in charge of developing a speech recognition technology. It also has developer offices in the United States.
However, one cannot expect it to immediately start business operations in German market, whereas it well signals what may be the next geographical target of Russian giant. Yandex currently operates in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, with some basic services available in West European countries.