Dublin, Wed 29 Jan 2014
Hot on the heels of Dropbox, AirBnB, Twitter, Facebook and many others, Irish online ticket sales company Tito are amongst the latest in a long series of companies choosing to locate their offices in Ireland.
“It just seemed to make sense,” said founder Paul Campbell, talking about the decision making process that led him to set up shop in the capital, Dublin. “Dublin is great. There’s something really familiar about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.”
Doc Parsons, design lead at the ticket selling operation, echoes these sentiments. “I just love the weather,” he commented.
“The Dublin start up scene is deadly.” says designer Kilian McMahon. When quizzed about the choice of Dublin as a headquarters for Tito, Kilian said “Well, I still live with me ma in Swords. It makes sense to me.”
Developer Cillian O’Ruanaidh (Irish for Cillian O’Ruanaidh) was unavailable for comment because he was playing a hockey match in Artane.
The company’s office is located in Mount Street, near Merrion Square in Dublin’s south side.
“Sometimes, when I’m considering a new interface, I like to go in to the park and stand in front of the Oscar Wilde statue. I ask him: ‘What colour would you make this button, Oscar?’” says Campbell. “Or I sometimes like to pop in to O’Donohues for a pint of Guinness and a wee think. Luke Kelly’s legacy is a huge influence on my software development approach.”
After launching a public beta last summer, the bootstrapped Tito raised a round, but numbers were not discussed. Sources close to the company report that it was somewhere between 20 and 30 pints.