Apple is hiring engineers in Seattle, but it doesn’t have a permanent office quite yet. Instead, the company’s Seattle cohort appears to be working out of a temporary space in the Ballard neighborhood — which, ironically, also happens to be in the same building where GeekWire was once based.
We stopped by the Regus working space this afternoon — just two floors up from our former space — and asked to speak with Benn Bollay, the Union Bay Networks co-founder who is now working as a “Manager” for Apple in Seattle.
I left a note for Bollay with the Regus receptionist, who said she wasn’t authorized to say if Apple was working out of the office space. However, while there, I noticed another former Union Bay Networks employee who is also now working for Apple, according to his LinkedIn.
As we first reported Monday, Apple has at least 30 engineers already working for the company in the Seattle area, including five employees who were formerly with Union Bay Networks, a stealthy Seattle cloud networking startup that raised $1.85 million from Madrona Venture Group, Greylock, and Divergent Ventures in July 2013.
Asked about a potential Union Bay acquisition, Apple on Monday would only say that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
This past Friday, Bollay published a post on LinkedIn about a job opening in Seattle for a Systems Software Engineer. In addition, Bollay sent an email to a Seattle tech community forum on Monday morning that noted two job postings.
“Apple is opening up a new office here in Seattle, and they have a couple openings that might be interesting to everyone,” he wrote.