From Variety: Spotify is set to expand its global footprint with the launch of a London-based R&D unit. The streaming giant already has hubs in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden, and in New York, San Francisco and Boston.
The news was announced by Jason Richman, VP for product at Spotify stating, “London has made the decision of where to grow our next R&D hub an extremely easy one. It has a vibrant startup community and a wealth of great tech talent, making it the perfect location in which to build out our talented R&D team.”
Spotify looks to staff all R&D functions, with an emphasis on recruiting people in engineering, product, design, data, research and insights. London Mayor Sadiq Khan feels the city has the expertise to meet Spotify’s requirements saying the city has “a deep pool of tech talent and a complex business ecosystem that can’t be replicated anywhere else.”
“London will be one of our major hubs where we’ll house key investment areas, including expansion of our subscription-commerce capabilities,” Richman added.