LinkedIn and Hong Kong: The Auspicious Number 9

April 25, 2012

Ed note: LinkedIn today launched its newest office in Hong Kong. This is a post from Arvind Rajan, Managing Director and Vice President of APAC and Japan at LinkedIn.

I am told by our new colleagues that the number 9 bears auspicious meanings in Hong Kong which gives me double the pleasure to officially openLinkedIn’s newest international outpost – our 25th office globally and our 9th in Asia Pacific. Hong Kong's skilled talent base and its reputation as a leading international center of finance and business make it an important market for us, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our footprint in the region at a time when professionals in Hong Kong are placing a growing emphasis on social media. We’re looking forward to learning more from our users and customers here, to better understand their needs and support them in enhancing their professional lives.

This is the latest development in our steady Asian expansion – there are already more than 25 million members in Asia Pacific and Japan, using LinkedIn to build their professional brands, grow their network of connections, and seek professional insights. We’re bullish about continued membership growth in the region, and to that end we’ve recently launched Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia and Korean language versions of, and opened offices in Japan and Singapore last year. It’s a reflection of our strong global growth – this year alone, we’ve also opened an office in Spain and launched Polish, Czech, and Dutch language versions.

To see how we’ve grown in Asia Pacific and some interesting facts about our presence in Hong Kong, check out this neat infographic that the team has put together.