Fast-growing software firm Atlassian plans Austin operations

Feb 14, 2014
Austin American Statesman

A fast-growing Australian software company is opening operations in Austin to support its expansion in North America


Atlassian, which makes software for programmers to collaborate on projects, plans to eventually hire as many as 300 workers in Central Texas, said President Jay Simons


The Sydney-based company has a 300-person office in San Francisco and 800 workers worldwide. Atlassian plans to grow its overall workforce by 30 percent in the next six months. It plans to make 40 new hires in Austin by June, and expects up to 35 additional employees to transfer here from other offices


Atlassian was founded in 2002 by two university students in Sydney who financed it with a $10,000 credit card debt. It was named after the Greek god Atlas to inspire powerful customer service


Today the company has 34,000 customers in 134 countries. They range from small startups to corporations including Citigroup, Coca-Cola and United Airlines


It posted $149 million in revenue last fiscal year and has been profitable very year since being founded. The company raised $60 million in 2010 from Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners


Customers use Atlassian for all aspects of software development. It allows engineers to perform testing and reporting of software bugs. When a team is working on a project, it allows members including developers, designers and project managers to communicate


The company has hired Steve Goldsmith, former director of engineering at Austin-based HomeAway and senior vice president of product development at Austin-based Portico, as onsite lead for Austin and engineering lead for North America


In Austin, Atlassian is looking for permanent office space in downtown Austin and is hiring in areas including engineering, customer support, marketing and design


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