Databricks, a data and artificial intelligence company based in San Francisco, is expanding its presence in the Seattle area and growing its engineering team.
The company has a new R&D facility at 2033 6th Ave. in Seattle and a new office in Bellevue, Wash., at 500 108th Ave. NE.
Databricks currently employs 52 people across locations but is growing rapidly and is expected to quadruple staff when hiring and hiring for technical and product roles. Head of Security Fermin Serna is one of the notable new employees. He was previously SVP and CIO at Citrix.
Databricks is part of a growing list of companies looking to attract engineering talent in the Seattle area by setting up remote outposts. While longtime tech giants like Facebook and Google have grown to thousands of employees in the region, others are just getting started. Example: Wayfair, an e-commerce site that competes with Amazon, just announced The company plans to open a corporate office in Seattle and hire more than 200 tech roles.
Founded in 2013, Databricks has 2,500 employees and more than 5,000 customers, including Comcast, Condé Nast, H&M and more than 40% of the Fortune 500. The company says it’s on track to hit $1 billion in revenue. or more in 2022, the growth rate is above 75%.
In August, Databricks announced $1.6 billion Series HO Sponsoring Round. The company has raised $3.8 billion to date and is valued at $38 billion.