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Looking to Grow Beyond a "Twitterized" City

Published on April 29, 2010
by Jessica E. Vascellaro

Twitter has seen a gangbuster year of user and employee growth. Now the San Francisco-based microblogging site is busting at the seams of its SoMa headquarters. It has added more than 125 employees in the past year, bringing the total to around 170.

The company’s 38-year-old chief executive, Evan Williams, a serial entrepreneur, is exhilarated by the growth. He spoke recently from backstage at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, where the company was hosting a developer conference, about the company’s surprisingly difficult hunt for Bay Area talent in a sluggish economy and what makes Bay Area Tweeters unique.

WSJ: What percentage of Twitter’s 170 employees are from the Bay Area?

Mr. Williams: Our educated guess is 80% of people hired during the first quarter of the year were from the Bay Area. We are importing people from around the U.S. and the world.

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