Business Florida 2021 - The Regions
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Innovation & Technology
Home to more than 52,000 technology-related jobs, Tampa Bay is Florida’s top tech market … and it’s growing. Since October 2019, seven companies from as far away as the United Kingdom and Ukraine have announced plans to open sites in Tampa Bay and five other tech firms here are growing in size. For the first time ever, Tampa has cracked CompTIA’s list of the nation’s top 20 best cities for technology workers.
Among tech companies that have recently expanded or relocated to Tampa Bay is NIX United, a Ukraine-based software company, which opened its new headquarters at First Central Tower in downtown St. Petersburg in 2019.
Other tech companies relocating to Tampa Bay include:
• iO Associates, an information technology and digital staffing firm based in the United Kingdom, bringing cloud technology staffing expertise and 40 jobs to Tampa.
• TheIncLab (TIL), hiring up to 15 developers and engineers over the next 12 months as it opens a new human-centered Artificial Intelligence Experience (AI + X) lab — its third nationwide — in Ybor City.
• Drift, a Boston-based company and originator of a Conversational Marketing Platform, opening its fourth U.S. office in downtown Tampa, with plans to grow its Tampa team to 100 employees by 2021.
• Madison Cloud, a cloud and enterprise storage provider, relocating its headquarters from Baltimore to a 2,000-sq.-ft. office in Waterview at Feather Sound.
• Pole Star, a London-based maritime technology company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Panama has established its U.S. headquarters in St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, five companies that are already prominent fixtures in Tampa’s tech sector are growing in place and, in at least one case, overseas:
• Cybersecurity giant ReliaQuest, which was founded in Tampa in 2007, plans to hire 100 employees at its Tampa headquarters by the end of 2020.
A-LIGN, a cybersecurity and privacy compliance solutions provider that specializes in helping businesses navigate the complexities of regulatory and business-driven security compliance needs has opened an office in Sofia, Bulgaria, its first international expansion.
• San Francisco-based information technology startup NinjaRMM plans to boost employment at its Clearwater office — currently at 42 — by up to 50%.
• Clearwater-based KnowBe4, provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, continues to experience hypergrowth. In August 2020, the firm launched a new research arm for conducting and publishing reports centered around cybersecurity.
KEY PLAYERS: ALIGN, Tampa; KnowBe4, Clearwater; ReliaQuest, Tampa