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September 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Hulu opening Seattle office, homecoming for team

Web video site Hulu announced today that it’s opening a development office in Seattle by the end of the year to tap the city’s engineering talent.

Hulu’s based in the Los Angeles area but its management team is largely made up of former Seattle residents, including Chief Executive Jason Kilar, a former Amazon.com manager who still has a home in the city.

In a blog post announcing the new office, Hulu Vice President of Platform Technology Richard Tom – a former Microsoft lead – said nearly 50 of the company’s developers in L.A. “were once Seattleites building enterprise database servers, operating systems and web frameworks.”

You can really tell how much Tom misses the city. From his post:

Perhaps when you think of Seattle your taste buds prepare themselves for a freshly brewed espresso or a not-so-simple soy-decaf-single-shot-one-pump-vanilla-iced-latte. Or perhaps Seattle conjures images of the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital, where lives are saved and relationships flatline. Or maybe, if you’re like me, your thoughts rush to Cuban sandwiches at Paseo, the inspiring view at Gasworks Park, and the incredible engineering and startup communities that thrive in this rainy Emerald City.

A spokesman declined to say how big the Seattle team will be but he noted that Hulu generally runs a lean operation, with just 230 employees now, at offices in Los Angeles, New York, Beijing and Chicago.

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