Lyft is the latest company looking to hire engineering talent in Seattle.
When asked if the company is opening an engineering center in Seattle, a Lyft spokesperson would not comment, only saying that Lyft is looking for talent no matter the location. Update: Lyft noted that “our goal is to open and grow a Seattle office with local tech talent.”
However, Lyft has hired a handful of Seattle-based employees in the past several months, including a few engineers, a Head of Technical Recruiting, and Todd Kelsay, the company’s new “Seattle General Manager” — Lyft began hiring city managers in its biggest markets earlier this summer, following in the footsteps of rival Uber.
Keyton Kosek, Lyft’s new Seattle Operations Associate who joined the company last month, notes how “Lyft is creating a second home in Seattle” in her LinkedIn profile.
Uber, meanwhile, has had a presence in Seattle since the company began operating in the Emerald City in 2011. It opened up a Seattle engineering center back in March, with plans to hire as many as 50 people or more this year.
Uber and Lyft are among a large group of tech companies competing for technical talent in the Seattle region. Giants like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Salesforce, Twitter and many others have engineering-focused offices in the region. See our list and map of more than 50 engineering outposts in the Seattle area.