Nerds unite! Software company expands to Phoenix, plans to hire more than 150

Nerds unite! Software company expands to Phoenix, plans to hire more than 150
By: Hayley Ringle, Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal

The Nerdery has brought its group of passionate nerds working in Web, software and mobile app development to Phoenix.
The company has a goal of hiring more than 150 employees in the Valley during the next four years.
The 10-year-old Bloomington, Minnesota-based company, which has 500 employees across the country, opened its fourth office at the Phoenix co-working space Co+Hoots last week.

The Nerdery works with five-person start ups to billion-dollar companies, including Yahoo, Target, Google and Microsoft. The company expects $63 million in revenue in 2014 and its five-year goal is $250 million in revenue.

Phoenix was chosen for the company’s expansion because it has a good talent base and there’s not a ton of competition, said Mike Johnson, the Nerdery’s Phoenix branch manager, who moved to the Valley from the Minneapolis area with his wife and 2-year-old son.

“We liked the Midwest feel and culture, and it’s a similar market to Minneapolis,” said Johnson, a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. “There’s a good number of businesses here and we saw an emerging tech scene.”

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