Representing another step in San Diego’s tech diversity, 101 W. Broadway’s vertical campus partners with its newest tenant, MindTouch, Inc., to strengthen The Finest City’s global visibility in technology.
MindTouch’s move is a lot more than just a bigger, better office. Aaron Fulkerson, CEO and CO-founder of MindTouch states, “It represents the growing diversity that the Regional EDC’s Economic Feasibility Study proves out. San Diego is more than beaches and borders, it is a hub for growth, innovation, and global diversity.”
The San Diego tech scene’s organic embrace of the vertical campus mirrors MindTouch’s evolution in America’s Finest City.
Starting with EvoNexus’ rapid maturation and its ability to successfully incubate startups, The Irvine Company saw a need for graduating tech companies to find transitional space. This spawned the creation of The Vine’s “Co-Work” space to house these budding superstars. As recognition spread, the 101 W. Broadway witnessed a cluster effect, attracting more industry tenants, including companies not affiliated with the incubator. The innovative space quickly became the place to be – housing over 40% of Downtown’s startups – leading to the opening of Real Office Executive Suites as larger companies needed to join the innovative pulse. All of this culminated in attracting their largest tech partner to date, MindTouch.
“MindTouch’s explosive growth and remarkable success is an outstanding example of the innovation coming out of San Diego’s tech and start-up scene,” said John Turner, Regional Vice President, Irvine Company Office Properties. “We are proud to have played a role in attracting MindTouch through our investment in EvoNexus and are thrilled that the company has decided to expand its growing business at our vertical campus at 101 W. Broadway.”
San Diego has embraced MindTouch at the same time it is seeing the bridging of a fractured community by The Irvine Company, by enabling startups to grow like a vine. MindTouch started with under five employees in San Diego, grew out of four offices due to space, and after 10 years of private funding decided to open its doors to a $12 million Series A funding round.
“At over 100 local employees, MindTouch knows that joining The Irvine Company’s vision to embrace partnerships over the typical landlord/lessee relationship and moving to the 15th floor of the vertical campus is not just the right move, it’s the only move,” says the official Success Fanatic of MindTouch, Ari Hoffman.
In recognition of the community support MindTouch had in their infancy, they are offering their enterprise level product for free to any local Startup that is pre-funding regardless of industry. Something Fulkerson and Co-Founder/CTO Steve Bjorg have had in the works for quite some time. “We feel that the local support deserved our thanks and this is one way we can directly help expedite their growth,” Bjorg states.
The office space itself is not only technologically advanced with 360-degree panoramic views of the San Diego skyline (Coronado Island, Point Loma, Downtown, Balboa Park), but it has been designed with the employees’ well-being at the forefront. Built for an efficient, effective, and healthy work environment, the new MindTouch space puts its employees first, keeping up morale and drawing candidates from across the nation.
Fulkerson concludes, “MindTouch’s headquarters will bring a new spotlight and relevance to San Diego’s diversity in technology through our global and national customer base (including Samsung, Hitachi, Whirlpool, Remington, Blue Shield, PayPal, Intuit, Cisco, Verizon, Zenefits, and hundreds more). I hear it all the time, ‘I didn’t know San Diego had such a strong tech base.’ But we really have it all.” Help MindTouch and The Irvine Company celebrate San Diego’s tech community by welcoming them to their new Global Headquarters.