BLACKLINE TO OPEN OFFICES IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WITH INITIAL FOCUS ON R&D AND INNOVATION
Cloud accounting automation software leader positions itself for future growth, tapping resources from global technology hub
LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO – May 9, 2019 – BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) announced today its plan to open an office next month in Pleasanton, Calif. as part of a strategic growth initiative to tap into the resources of the technology-heavy San Francisco Bay Area.
“We’ve been fortunate to reap the benefits of building BlackLine in the diverse and creative talent pool and culture of Los Angeles and then expanding to other key cities around the world. We are now excited to be able to complement that with the talent and other great resources the Bay Area has to offer,” said Therese Tucker, BlackLine CEO. “Our newest office – our 14th worldwide – will also serve as another R&D center as BlackLine continues to innovate in both technology and products. We expect to see high-value collaboration between northern and southern California teams.”
Though the immediate focus will be on hiring engineers and other technologists, with an architecture group, innovation lab and select product teams slated to be based there, BlackLine’s Pleasanton, Calif. facility also will house Sales/Marketing, Customer Success and Professional Services employees. Two members of the BlackLine management team will be regular users of the new Bay Area office: Chief Technology Officer Pete Hirsch and Chief Marketing Officer Andres Botero.
“There is a strong network of senior developers, software architects, cloud engineers, data scientists, product managers and UX designers in the San Francisco Bay Area from leading B2B SaaS companies who are ideal candidates for BlackLine’s growing Product and Technology teams as we continue to expand our platform, integration, connectivity and cloud services capabilities to better serve customers with their digital financial transformations,” said Mr. Hirsch. “Despite the smaller relative size of San Francisco compared to Los Angeles, the available pool of relevant talent likely doubles that currently available in LA, due to the specialized and concentrated technology focus in the Bay Area.”
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