With its $15.3 billion acquisition of Tableau Software this morning, Salesforce isn’t just making a bet on the business intelligence and data visualization market, it’s betting on Seattle.
And that should benefit Vancouver as part of the Cascadia Corridor.
“Seattle will become our second headquarters of Salesforce,” said Marc Benioff, the company’s co-founder and co-CEO, in his prepared remarks on a conference call discussing the acquisition. “It’s going to be our HQ2, if you will.”
Benioff’s HQ2 reference appears to be a direct shot at Amazon but more importantly it signal’s Salesforce’s need to expand outside of San Francisco for future hiring and growth.
In 2015, Tableau jumped on the opportunity to open an office in Vancouver and it has become home to employees in engineering, operations, sales and marketing.
At the office ribbon cutting Tableau co-founder and Vancouver native Chris Stolte said, “Vancouver is a vibrant, diverse city with a talented workforce and growing technology presence. We’re searching for people who share our passion to help people see and understand data to join our growing team in Canada.”
Stolte completed his undergraduate work at Simon Fraser University and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where Tableau was founded out of the Stanford computer science department in 2003. Tableau moved its headquarters to Seattle shortly thereafter.