Amazon.com is already growing like gangbusters in Seattle, grabbing as many talented software developers and engineers as it can. But the online retailing powerhouse might not be able to get its fill in the Pacific Northwest, and it appears headed to an unlikely place to find more talent: Detroit.
That’s right, the blighted town best known for pumping out Fords, Pontiacs and Buicks, may be getting a new Amazon.com software development center.
The Amazon Seller Experience team is seeking an experienced engineer who will help drive the global expansion of our applications and services, with a significant opportunity to define a Seller and Buyer facing Amazon platform. You’ll participate in developing a scalable framework for the improvement of the Seller Experience and collaborate with Amazon development teams to integrate their services with our applications and platform.
Now, if you’re like me, you may be asking yourself: Why Detroit?
The gritty rust belt city has been undergoing a bit of a rebirth in recent years (See story in Inc. magazine titled “How the Motor City Got its Groove Back”). Other tech companies are arriving, namely Twitter which recently announced plans to establish an office in downtown Detroit.
But it certainly has a long way to go to compete with tech hubs like Boston, San Fran or Seattle. However, there just so happens to be a very big university located about 30 minutes west of the city in Ann Arbor. And, who knows, given Amazon’s world domination strategy, it may just decide to start selling cars too.
Writes Detroit Free Press business reporter Katherine Yung:
“Having a high-tech Amazon presence in Detroit would be a huge boost for efforts to transform the long-battered city into a tech hub. It would also provide new ammunition for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state who have been pushing for sales taxes to be collected on online purchases made at Amazon and other Internet shopping sites.”
Some readers on the Detroit Free Press story are skeptical, with one asking where the company is going to find out-of-work software developers.