Flowroute, which provides wholesale voice-over-Internet services to businesses, has moved its headquarters from Southern California to Seattle.
The company cited Seattle’s favorable tax rates and low cost of living as reasons for the move, as well as the general “vibe” of the city, close to hiking and biking trails. Washington state is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not have an income tax, though a report out last week indicated that the state had the “most regressive” tax system in the country. (See: Welcome to Washington: The best place in the U.S. to be rich and the worst to be poor)
“We looked at a few cities, but when the two other founders and I came to Seattle, we really liked the vibe – the quality of life, the balance,” said co-founder Bayan Towfiq. “That’s important to us. Seattle is a vibrant city.”
Flowroute says that its revenues have doubled every year since it was founded in 2007, and now it routes more than 2 billion minutes of telecom traffic annually on behalf of thousands of business customers. Being located in Seattle will help support the company’s growth, as well as nurture expansion, said Towfiq.
“The Pacific Northwest’s tech hub offers a talent pool that fits Flowroute to a tee,” he said. “Washington also is a friendly environment for business growth, with attractive tax rates, and the low cost of living is great for everyone at Flowroute.”
As a result of the deal, the entire team is moving to Seattle. The company currently employs 17 people, with plans to add another 10 by the end of the year.
Flowroute previously had been based in Irvine, California, and the new offices are located at 1221 2nd Ave. in Seattle’s financial district. The company also has named former Microsoft staff attorney Ron Rice as executive vice president and chief legal officer, Jeff MacKay as advertising and technical writer; Will Carter as media coordinator; and Joe Hillenbrand as software engineer.
Post updated at 11:30 am. to correct the number of minutes of telecom traffic routed by the company.