By Nancy Dahlberg
OfferUp, the e-commerce unicorn based in Seattle, today announced it has opened an engineering office in Miami.
The new office will be managed by Director of Engineering Rodrigo Violante, the former CTO of PriceTravel and Televisa. Miami is home to one of OfferUp’s most active communities, with more than 15 percent of Miamians buying and selling furniture, clothes, cars, and more on the platform, the company said. The venture-backed OfferUp is the largest mobile marketplace in the U.S. for local buyers and sellers with more than 85 million downloads.
“The OfferUp Miami team is tasked with building new APIs and tools for small businesses that will help them more easily reach the millions of people that use OfferUp every year. Our goal is to build this team rapidly and we’re starting by hiring new software developers to help us meet our aggressive goals,” said Nick Huzar, co-founder and CEO, said in the announcement. “Miami is a hotbed for tech talent and we’re proud to be one of the first companies to bring West Coast start-up culture to the city.”
Violante was most recently the CTO of PriceTravel, where he implemented technical solutions that significantly improved the company's profitability. Before that, he was CTO of Televisa, where he built a proprietary platform to serve millions of users on Smart TVs, game consoles, phones, and tablets.
"We are starting with 15 new positions for Engineer Managers, Senior Software Development Engineers (Front End, Back End, Android, iOS) and Staff Software Development Engineers. This will add to our team of 100 engineers and 260 employees overall in our Bellevue, WA headquarters," said Violante, in an email. OfferUp has not announced the exact location of the office but "chose Wynwood because of the robust, emerging start-up culture and a lot of great benefits for employees, such as low traffic, ample parking, an eclectic local food scene and a vibrant arts community," he added.
OfferUp is planning to start hiring software developers in Miami immediately and is also looking to acquire talent from the University of Miami and Florida International University. Find current openings here.
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