3 tech, Web companies adding 200-plus Scottsdale jobs

Joshua Bowling
The Republic
May 26, 2017

Valley residents looking for Silicon Valley-esque jobs might want to set their sights on Scottsdale.

In the next year, Scottsdale employers are looking to add more than 200 jobs as companies focused on tech and innovation migrate to the Valley of the Sun.

“There are a lot of firms that are growing out of Silicon Valley that can’t necessarily afford to have large-scale and rapid growth in that community,” Scottsdale Economic Development Director Danielle Casey said. “Firms are starting to recognize the success that other companies are having in the Valley.”

Indeed.com, the popular online job board, recently moved into a 24,000-square-foot facility off Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard.

The company, founded in 2004, is hiring 100 new sales positions and 30 new client services positions over the next year.

Indeed is aiming for 250 Scottsdale employees by its fifth year in the city, according to a city report.

Nolan Farris, Indeed’s senior vice president of sales, said he couldn’t disclose specific salary ranges for these new positions, but he said they require four-year degrees, or comparable experience.

Salaries for the positions include incentives and commission, he said.

“We’re hoping to attract a sales force that’s eager to make $100,000,” Farris said. “We’re growing so fast and seeing such success that those are realistic opportunities for people who are just starting their sales careers.”

He said Scottsdale’s proximity to Arizona State University and other tech and Web-based employers played into opening the Scottsdale facility.

“Having exceptional access to recent graduates — given the success and presence of such a large university — it’s a no-brainer, really,” he said.

Indeed is headquartered in Austin and has U.S. offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Connecticut.

Scottsdale officials have been recruiting companies at Austin’s popular South by Southwest conference — known as SXSW — for the past few years to help establish metro Phoenix as a national destination for new workers, Casey said.

“We just did our third year at SXSW in Austin and we’re continuing to talk to some of our key corporate partners in Scottsdale that do have big issues behind talent attraction,” she said. “Yes, our talent pool is strong right now, but we want to make sure that we are thought of as a top location of choice for talent anywhere in the U.S.”

Cybersecurity firm Datashield is moving to an 8,200-square-foot space in SkySong 1 on Sept. 1 and bringing about 60 jobs with it.

Datashield has offices in Utah and California, but will use the SkySong location as its headquarters.

In the next six to 12 months, the company is filling a total of 58 developer, analyst and sales positions. Salaries for each position can vary:

Developers: $80,000 to $150,000.
Analysts: $95,000 to $175,000.
Sales: Around $100,000, depending on commission.

CEO Michael Malone described the company’s cybersecurity work as “ADT” for businesses’ online activity.

“We put security in for companies’ data and we watch that information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Malone said. “Our customers include leaders in retail, health care, gaming — as in casino gaming. It’s across the board, it’s not just one industry. We have an annual growth of 60 to 80 percent.”

Casey said location often goes a long way in attracting new business, and the combination of SkySong and ASU’s Tempe campus just miles away helps these businesses establish years’ worth of a labor pool.

“That’s tremendous when they start thinking about ‘I can locate in Scottsdale or greater Phoenix now, but what’s the pipeline of talent going to be five years from now?’ ” she said. “That’s huge. There’s a tremendous impact.”

While the existing pool of talent helped draw Malone and Datashield to Scottsdale, he said the architecture of SkySong and the surrounding area helped just as much.

“We have customers and partners that are in really high-tech facilities in California and the northeast,” he said. “We felt that SkySong represented the closest to that look and feel and that technology.”

San Diego-based Ingenu opened a Scottsdale facility near Loop 101 and Bell Road earlier this year.

Currently, Ingenu employs about 35 to 40 people, Chief Marketing Officer Landon Garner said. In the next 12 to 18 months, he’d like to see between 60 and 70 total.

He said the company is filling positions for everything from engineering and software programming, to marketing, sales, finance and human resources.

“Of the jobs — 30 or so we’ve brought to the Valley — most are close to six figures,” he said. “We’re growing tremendously right now and building networks in 26 countries.”

The company focuses on the “Internet of Things” and has worked with General Electric to make smart meters — utility meters for rural areas that don’t have to be manually checked.

The company has also created tools for “smart cities,” such as smart gauges that can regulate when street lights go on and alert waste collectors when someone is away from their home and doesn’t need waste collected.

Ingenu also developed a tracking chip, smaller than a dime, that can be placed in a shoe insole. Garner said they made the chip to help people track family members with Alzheimer’s or other diseases that may make them prone to wandering off.

Casey said the new jobs are healthy for the city and aren’t out of the norm. Rapid growth is difficult to achieve, but steady year-over-year growth helps Scottsdale’s economy thrive, she said.

As more companies move from the Silicon Valley and Bay areas, companies on the East Coast are increasingly viewing Scottsdale as a West Coast hub for technology, she said.

“Exponential growth can be very hard for a firm,” Casey said. “But these guys are ramping up in a way that I think is consistent with other successful companies in the area.”