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November 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Mail check: It’s raining tech jobs in Seattle

Every time I check my email lately there’s another tech company expanding and hiring a bunch of people in Seattle.

Here’s a batch of announcements I’ve received in the last few days:

GoDaddy today formally opened its new Seattle engineering and design office at Kirkland’s Carillon Point, where it employs 20 and has room to add 50 more over the next year. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based GoDaddy set up  a temporary shop in Kirkland last spring. Carillon Point also happens to be where the company’s chief executive, Blake Irving, stayed decades ago when he interviewed at Microsoft. Irving went on to a 15-year career in Redmond before joining Yahoo and eventually GoDaddy.

PaperG, a San Francisco-based ad company, announced this week that its Seattle outpost has grown from 9 to 25 people over the past year with the latest addition being Marc McDonald, a programmer who was Microsoft’s first employee. The company plans to grow to 35 to 40 people in Kirkland by the end of 2014. Overall it now employs 56 people.

Practice Fusion, a San Francisco health tech company, announced that it’s opening a Seattle office “to take advantage of the abundant technical talent” in the area. It now has five people working in temporary digs near Pike Place Market and is looking for a space to expand to 40 people by next summer.

Parllay, a Kirkland startup launched by ex-Microsoft technical fellow in search Tarek Najm, now has 14 employees (six in Kirkland and eight in India and China) and today announced a public beta of his new social media management platform. The company expects its headcount to double over the next year.

WhitePages, meanwhile, is relaunching its Android application with a new subscription plan. The company has also relaunched its downtown Seattle offices, after spending more than $2 million improving the work environment for its 150 employees so they are less tempted by all the new companies hunting for local talent. The company has grown from about 100 employees in March, when Chief Executive Alex Algard told me about the remodeling and retention efforts.

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