AppRiver, a security software company, is the latest to announce an expansion into the Austin market. It seems this headline has been repeated over and over again, and we’re just wondering how well that has been working out. The AppRiver story is not unique.
The fast-growing company will open their office on September 15th with plenty of space for expansion. “We need the best talent available and we think Austin is where we’ll find a lot of it,” according to the company CEO Michael Murdoch. We’ve certainly heard this story before, and some have had success while others haven’t.
EverNote arrived in Austin with huge fanfare. Rich Warwick was going head up the Austin office and expand aggressively. He’s been gone from EverNote for almost a year. One look at the hiring page for EverNote reveals that there’s not a single job opening in Austin, and it’s rumored that the office is sparsely populated.
Don’t take this as EverNote bashing, because I’m a huge fan. What do you think is the story behind the story here?