TikTok: Dublin tech’s rising force

Chinese social media sensation TikTok is poaching tech workers from established multinationals and has grown its Irish base from five to 1,200 staff in just over a year. So what’s next for the rapidly expanding tech giant?

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing companies in the entire world of technology. Picture: Getty

Last September, Google’s announcement that it was abandoning plans to lease the Sorting Office in Dublin sent shock waves through the economic ecosystem around Ireland’s tech sector.

Commentators queried whether the multinational internet company bubble was about to burst, leaving empty offices and vacant apartments in the heart of Dublin city as high-paid tech employees decamped to work from home in other countries around Europe.

While the commercial property sector was dealing with the blow ...