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Twitter to expand Singapore engineering hub

Twitter will double its engineering workforce in Singapore by 2023, as part of its regional expansion plans

Twitter is set to double the number of engineers in Singapore to more than 100 staff by 2023, as part of its plans to expand its regional engineering centre in the city-state.

In a statement, Twitter said its engineering team, comprising data science, machine learning and product management talent, will focus on building new product experiences, delivering more personalised content for users, and driving platform efficiencies to increase speed and reliability.

Twitter’s Singapore hub was set up in February 2020, and is being led by Silvanus Lee, a Singaporean who spent more than a decade in San Francisco scaling global engineering teams at organisations such as Uber and Dropbox before joining Twitter about two years ago.

“At Twitter, our purpose is to serve the public conversation,” said Lee, director of Twitter’s Asia-Pacific engineering centre. “We are focused on product innovations and improvements, so that people around the world can have the best experience when they want to find out what’s happening, discuss a trending topic or connect with their communities.

“Following the success of the centre’s establishment where we built high-quality teams and strengthened our technical capabilities in areas such as machine learning, we are focused on continuing to attract and retain world-class talent. With the distinguished tech ecosystem in Singapore, I am confident that we will be able to raise the bar on the craft of engineering and drive global impact for Twitter.”

Yu Sasamoto, vice-president of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Twitter, noted that Singapore has been an important regional hub, and that the region remains a “steadfast growth engine” for the company.

“This fast-growing engineering centre demonstrates our determination to constantly better our service for people, customers and our partners in this region,” he said. “We’re excited to welcome many more bright engineers to the Twitter flock, united in our common purpose to serve the public conversation together.”

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Ang Chin Tah, senior vice-president of Digital Industry Singapore, noted that Twitter’s latest expansion reflects the company’s confidence in Singapore’s vibrant tech ecosystem.

“This will create new job opportunities for Singapore and give Singaporeans the chance to work on new and exciting technologies destined for global markets with colleagues from all around the world,” he added.

Twitter said its engineering expansion outside of the US is part of its commitment to build a global, inclusive, and accessible product through a more distributed workforce. It has also set new diversity goals for 2025, where at least half of its global employees will be women.

Additionally, it adopted inclusive work practices such as asynchronous productivity to level the playing field for employees across all locations and time zones.

While working from home has gained popularity due to the pandemic, Twitter said it will be expanding its Asia-Pacific office to meet the needs of a growing number of employees, and to support employees with better flexibility and choice in where and how they work.

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