SoundCloud, the audio platform that allows people to record and share music, today announced that it is extending its operations into North America with the opening of a presence in San Francisco and several planned new hires in the city within the coming months.

The company was launched in Berlin in 2008 and its headquarters remain in the German capital. With an additional office already in London, the company plans to use the new office to expand into the U.S. market.

Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO, SoundCloud, said: "Our move to San Francisco is reminiscent of when my co-founder, Eric Wahlforss and I first launched SoundCloud. Then it was the two of us working out of a cafe in the Mitte district of Berlin and sleeping on friends' floors. We still very much maintain that start-up ethos and are starting our US venture based out of The Summit cafe."

SoundCloud confirmed earlier this month it had received funding from two venture firms, Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures, with expansion into the US highlighted as a key component of its post investment strategy. Separately, Index Ventures has also recently announced a move into Silicon Valley.