Apple hires Pin Drop start-up talent as firm eyes UK office

Apple is hiring people in the UK, and reportedly looking at new premises

Apple has plucked some UK start-up talent from the recently closed down Pin Drop mapping application company.

Pin Drop developed an app that allowed users to bookmark locations and share them with other people.

Pin Drop said in a blog post on 22 October that the company would close at the end of that month.

But the post has since been updated to include news of an approach and hiring by Apple, according to a report on TechCrunch

“I’m happy to say they’ve all been snapped up and have (rightfully so) landed themselves dream jobs,” said Pin Drop founder Andy Ashburner, although the update has since been removed.

“Super proud of them all and excited to see how they’re going to change all of our worlds in the future.”

Apple declined to comment on the report, but TechCrunch said that five LinkedIn accounts that belong to Ashburner and four former Pin Drop employees list their employer as Apple in London.

This could be a sign of an increased investment by Apple in the UK. Reports suggest that Apple is close to opening a research and development centre in the silicon hub of Cambridge.

Cambridge boasts a number of technology companies already, including Microsoft, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Qualcomm and Spotify, and is likely to be the setting for a small Apple team, according to Business Weekly.

Reports say that premises have been lined up at 90 Hills Road, which has room for 20 to 40 workers. A core of 20 is the predicted headcount.

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11 November 2014 | 2:32 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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