Encrypted messaging and collaboration platform Symphony chooses France for its new research and development center
Encrypted messaging and collaboration platform Symphony chooses France for its new research and development center. Its founder David Gurlé, French engineer and native of Cannes, announces the opening of a research and development center in Sophia Antipolis.
For him: “The opening of this research and development center in France is the result of a strategic decision linked to the density of the innovation ecosystem, entrepreneurship in France and the dynamism of the French tech. Symphony has a real interest in investing in France : it is a country that trains very talented engineers and knows how to build international champions.”
With offices in Palo Alto, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Stockholm and London, Symphony has decided to establish a new research and development center in the biggest European tech center, Sophia Antipolis. The site was selected by Symphony following a review of fifteen locations globally. Eventually, David Gurlé plans to dedicate additional resources and focus to this center and recruit around a hundred engineers. Symphony is focusing on France not only for its research and development activities, but also for its commercial potential. David Gurlé plans to expand its sales team in Paris that will operate throughout the European market.
Created in 2014, Symphony now employs 242 persons worldwide and has more than 303,000 licensed users, mainly financial professionals, a sector in which the confidentiality of exchanges is fundamental. Symphony’s growth is accompanied by a growing diversification of its client portfolio, which now includes players in the banking, insurance and healthcare sectors, as well as high-level law firms. Symphony is now planning to expand to other sectors where transmission of information, collaboration and security are important, such as justice or defense. These promising prospects have earned Symphony the confidence of leading investors. Last May, the company raised $ 63 million in its third round of funding, totaling $ 234 million raised by the start-up.
Symphony’s cloud-based technology protects the data of its users using end-to-end encryption and utilizing keys specific to each of them. The development of these services is also backed by an ecosystem of applications developed by Symphony’s partner ecosystem which is open to external contributions, David Gurlé sees open-source development as a key component in keeping his platform a model of innovation.
As new services are integrated, four goals guide Symphony’s development: effective communication and collaboration, the implementation of efficient and automated workflows, data protection and customization of services. Symphony’s drive for innovation at every stage of its growth is now reaffirmed by the opening of this research and development center in France.
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