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#RideTogether: Looking for the Startup Fire in Amsterdam

Two years ago, DoubleDutch took a leap of faith and opened its first international office in Amsterdam, becoming the company HQ for Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa. Despite already having shown success in the US, this was a high-risk decision as DoubleDutch didn’t have much brand recognition in European markets. In the face of the unknown, and together with three other startup enthusiasts, I jumped on the DoubleDutch bus.

Back then it was a story of winning or losing, closing deals or closing shop. It was hard work with very long days, often without knowing if our DoubleDutch EMEA office would survive. However, one thing stood out the most — the product and culture we had built in the States set the foundation for our success in Amsterdam.

We never gave up. Our driving force was the realization that together we could have a massive impact on the company’s future. The product, the market opportunity, and the potential upside kept us motivated. We work as a team and do everything necessary to succeed. As we say here at DoubleDutch, we ‘Ride Together’.

Now, we are building on top of that foundation. We’re breaking records cold call after cold call, demo after demo, deal after deal, successful event after successful event. In the past two years, we grew the European team from 4 to 6 to 12 to 25 and now up 50+ employees representing almost 30 nationalities and including an additional office in London. This is how we’ve grown by more than 100% year over year. 

Working at a pre-IPO company is like getting your MBA in lightspeed. At DoubleDutch, every employee has a voice, can see the direct impact they have on the business, and has the opportunity to do the best work of his or her career. Everyone learns so much in such a short period of time, with the added benefit to increase the value of your resume. This is a rare experience as less than 1 in 1000 companies has the opportunity to go public. At the pace we operate, personal growth goes through the roof.

After two years we remain a team that works hard; a team that shows passion and tackles the challenges we face without fear; a team united by the same goal: to build a remarkable company that has all the potential of an IPO. We are part of a company that has a disruptive solution to change the way the event industry has been working. Working at DoubleDutch is a tremendous experience made extra special because we’re all members of a team that will always ‘Ride Together’.

The best part is, there are no signs of slowing down. Our team in EMEA is rapidly growing and we’re looking for entrepreneurial spirits that are ready for a challenge. Working at DoubleDutch is everything you’ve heard about Silicon Valley right in your backyard. Check out our open job opportunities and jump aboard the DoubleDutch bus.

See our latest company culture video showcasing who DoubleDutch is today, after years of hard work and dedication.

By DoubleDutch Insider | 5 January, 2016

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