GoDaddy inks lease for Seattle-area engineering outpost at Carillon Point

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GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving at Carillon Point. (File Photo)

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.

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  • Cindy Engstrom

    Yay! We at Sircle Advertising love our spot at Carillon Point …good history of winning and better rates than Bellevue or Seattle.

  • slaggggg

    This will be perfect for GoDaddy as their bikini-clad bimbo spokesmodels will possibly fit right in at that location.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      In April, when I asked Blake Irving about the company’s ads, he indicated that they’re shifting away from that approach under his leadership. He cited the large number of women who own small businesses, which is the company’s target market.

      “We need to be pretty inclusive when we’re being edgy. When you start understanding your customer base, and you’re not just about getting attention, you have to be more thoughtful.”

      Full interview: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/godaddy-ceo-blake-irving/

      • http://SeattleHome.com Sam DeBord, SeattleHome.com

        Awww, Godaddy is all grown up now? I hope so, for the 100+ domains we host with them. Welcome to Kirkland, GD, let’s get down to business.