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Yandex Opens New Office in Berlin to Develop their Map Service

0 8 February 2014

Russian internet company Yandex has just opened an office for development in Berlin; its 3rd in Western Europe and its 16th in total.

Staff at the Berlin office will be involved with research and development for all projects, regardless of whether or not they’re for German services. The first project to be undertaken will involve working with the functionality and technology for Yandex Maps. According to Digit.ru, the service will cover up to 237 countries by 12th November 2013.

Elena Bunina, Yandex's HR chief says “in Berlin there are some very strong universities such as the Technical University, Free University and Humboldt University; where we are very interested in hiring the graduates. We are sure that these new experts from European programmes of study will be able to help us with the development of our markets."

Yandex already have development offices in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Nijni Novgorod and Yekaterinburg. Outside of Russia, the company supports offices in Kiev, Minsk, Simferopol, Palo Alto, Zürich and Lucerne. Historically, Yandex has spread its R&D widely. For example, the services Taxi was developed in Yekaterinburg; real estate in Saint Petersburg and speech recognition technology in Moscow and Zürich.

The office space in Central Berlin spans a total of 2000 square metres and is potentially ready to hire 130 employees. By the end of 2014 Yandex plans to hire 30-40 developers, most of whom will be local.

Source: Digit.ru

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