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Austin-based OutboundEngine expands to Scottsdale bringing 60 jobs

Austin-based OutboundEngine expands to Scottsdale bringing 60 jobs
Tishin Donkersley

Austin-based social media and content marketing platform, OutboundEngine, has expanded to Old Town Scottsdale bringing 60 new jobs over the next year.

CEO of OutboundEngine Branndon Stewart said he chose Arizona and more specifically Scottsdale because, “Arizona has a friendly business climate and is an easy flight from our headquarters in Austin. As for Scottsdale and Old Town more specifically, we want to be able to recruit the best and brightest, so being close to a major university (ASU) and right in the center of a vibrant urban neighborhood was important to us. We also think there are a lot of advantages to being part of a tech community, so the opportunity to be near our peer companies made Scottsdale even more compelling.”

In December 2014, OutboundEngine raised $11 million Series B round, led by Silverton Partners bringing their total funding to $17.8 million. Stewart said their raise helped the company expand their business into new territories in the U.S., including Arizona. “In addition to new offices, we’re investing heavily in product, recently hired ReachLocal’s Rob Feinstein as VP of Product, and will eventually look to expand the number of industries we serve,” Stewart said.

Currently OutboundEngine has 115 employees in Austin “and we’re planning to launch our [Scottsdale] office with 20 new hires next week,” Stewart shared. The expansion office will house the company’s regional sales and business development center, and the majority of the 60 new jobs will be in sales, he continued.

OutboundEngine was voted as one of the best places to work in Austin in recent years and Stewart looks to continue that trend in Phoenix.

“We’re especially proud of those awards because they’re based on direct employee feedback, and they show that people really do love working here. We’re a high-energy workplace where people work hard, have fun and avoid politics,” Stewart explained.

“We invest a huge amount in training and coaching so [our employees] can be more effective at their jobs, whether they say [here] or explore other opportunities. We have a management team that’s committed to building a strong company and that’s transparent about our roadmap and the progress we’re making against it. We think people appreciate understanding what they’re working toward and knowing that it’s paying off,” Stewart continued.

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