GoDaddy has found its beachhead in the Seattle region, literally.
The company just signed a lease for a new engineering office at Carillon Point, the upscale waterfront complex in Kirkland known as a hotbed of tech activity over the years.
The new office is a sign of the ongoing battle for tech talent in the region. GoDaddy is the latest in a long line of technology companies to establish development offices in the Seattle area in a bid to recruit top engineers.
Google, which was among the first, is doubling the size of its campus just down the road.
GoDaddy, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been led by former Microsoft and Yahoo executive Blake Irving as CEO since December. GoDaddy announced plans for a Seattle-area development office in April and has been operating out of temporary space nearby. The company finalized the lease for 10,000 square feet at 5200 Carillon Point yesterday.
The new office is part of the company’s effort to give itself a stronger engineering focus, expanding further beyond its domain business. Areas of focus at the new office will include big data, mobile technologies, domain search and website building.
Ten people are working for GoDaddy in the Seattle region now, and Irving told GeekWire in April that he hoped to expand the operation to 20 to 30 people over the next several months.
Recent hires by GoDaddy in the Seattle area include longtime Microsoft architect Arnold Blinn, a 17-year veteran of Microsoft, who has joined GoDaddy as chief architect; and Scott Isaacs, the former Microsoft developer known for his work on dynamic HTML, who is now a distinguished engineer at GoDaddy.
The company also recently established an office in Sunnyvale, Calif., down the road from Yahoo. Elissa Murphy, a former Yahoo VP of engineering, is GoDaddy’s new CTO and executive vice president.
Move-in at GoDaddy’s new space at Carillon Point is scheduled for October.