Silicon Valley North? Social Media Giants Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

Photo credit: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

Vancouver may have a reputation for beautiful mountains and beaches, but it also has some serious tech credentials.

EA, the video game giant, has had a headquarters in Burnaby since 1983, and employes more than 1,000 people.  SAP, which makes software for big businesses, has an office in Yaletown that takes up a full city block and employs 1,200 people.  Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Amazon have also opened offices in the Lower Mainland.

But the latest trend in Vancouver tech is social media.  The city’s reputation for having top engineering talent, not to mention beautiful weather, has made it a hotspot for up-and-coming companies.  Here are three social media giants either coming soon or already in a neighbourhood near you:

TwitterEarlier this month, Twitter announced plans to open a “global centre of excellence” in Vancouver.  The centre will employ new computer science grads to “work on some of the most interesting technical challenges in the industry today.”  Details are still hazy as to when and where Twitter will be setting up shop, but it’s already actively recruiting “new graduates with boundless potential so we can build a world-competitive software engineering centre.”

FacebookMark Zuckerberg and co. have just signed a lease on a 20,000-square-foot office in Coal Harbour at 1555 W. Pender St.  The world’s biggest social network plans to hire 150 staff, with a focus on recent software engineering grads.  According to announcements, the Vancouver office will serve as a training ground for engineers, who will ultimately be relocated to headquarters in the U.S.

HootSuiteThis homegrown success story with the cute owl logo runs its global operations from the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.  A handy tool for managing multiple social networks from one website, HootSuite is used by more than five million people, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies.  It employs several hundred people at its Vancouver headquarters.

Know of any other social media success stories in Vancouver?  Let us know below. 

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One Response to Silicon Valley North? Social Media Giants Coming to Vancouver

  1. Greg

    Good weather? Vancouver?

    Maybe bearable temperatures. But good weather?

    Bad – October, November, December, Jan, February, March, 1/2 April, 1/3 of May, 1/2 of June.

    When it is grey, it is depressingly grey for weeks on end. Low clouds….not a hint of sunshine for a continuous time.