November 27, 2019

Databricks Invests €100 million in Amsterdam

Databricks, a spin-off company from Berkeley University has reached all the newspapers with its fast growth. Databricks joined the ADS community as a Bronze Partner in May 2019, having launched in Europe nearly three years ago due to its collaboration with Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), an ADS Gold Partner. It is expected to grow to 300 employees in Amsterdam within the next 3 years. The company’s European Development Center is an engineering hub for development and innovation of their Unified Data Analytics Platform. CWI at Amsterdam Science Park and ADS (Amsterdam Datascience) work closely together with Databricks.

Peter Boncz, senior researcher at CWI’s Database Architectures group, has lead the CWI-Databricks partnership from the start and welcomes the investment: “Databricks decided to invest in Amsterdam thanks to its research collaboration with CWI. This is part of our effort with ADS to make Amsterdam a hot-spot of high-tech Data Science companies. It is great that our MSc and PhD students studying Data Systems and AI can now find cool jobs in Amsterdam. This reduces the pressure of only looking in places like Zurich and Silicon Valley. Creating such an ecosystem is exactly the ADS mission.”

Pieter Senster, engineering director and site lead for Databricks’ Amsterdam office, said of the investment: “Amsterdam has proven to be a great way for us to extend our global engineering team. We’ve hired talent from all over the world, but also have formed strong local partnerships such as with CWI, ADS and Dutch universities.”

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