Portugal has become a “great place” to start a startup, says Microsoft President Brad Smith
Microsoft president Brad Smith, said, in an interview with Lusa, that Portugal has become a “great place” for a ‘startup’ to start life and hire “talented people”, calling the change in the country last years “remarkable”.
“I remember when Microsoft started in Portugal, I was part of the early days of Microsoft’s business and life in Portugal”, recalled Brad Smith, when asked about his vision of the country of a company that marks several years in the Portuguese market .
“The first thing I would like to say is that it is remarkable to see how much Portugal has changed, how vibrant the technology sector has become in Portugal,” he continued, giving the example of the Web Summit, which was attended in Lisbon.
“See how the Web Summit itself fits in today in Portugal,” said Brad Smith. Currently, “we have 2,000 employees in Portugal and I remember when Microsoft had two”, he commented, smiling.
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So “we’ve seen a thousand-fold growth in terms of the number of employees we have here,” he added.
“I think Portugal has become a great place for a ‘startup’ to start their life,” he said, noting that the country has also become a “great place to hire talented people.”
And, he added, “it’s not just in Lisbon”, but in “multiple cities and towns in Portugal”.
In this sense, “Portugal has become a place that has both a great homegrown talent in terms of people who were born here” and has become “a welcoming home for talent from the rest of Europe and even beyond”, he stressed.
“I think it’s a pretty magical combination for the future of Portugal,” concluded the Microsoft president.