Apple has opened its first office in the Northwest, setting up a small software facility in Seattle not far from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The Cupertino-based company was reportedly attracted north by local software engineering talent after acquiring a small cloud startup called Union Bay Networks, The Seattle Times reports.
At least seven of Union Bay’s nine employees have reportedly accepted jobs at Apple, including co-founder Benn Bollay, whose updated LinkedIn profile lists him as a manager for the company. Based on a LinkedIn notice Bollay posted but later deleted, Apple is looking to hire more engineers in the area to work on its cloud infrastructure—specifically iCloud and iTunes.
Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only company with roots in the Northwest. Google moved into the region with a small office ten years ago, but recently announced plans to employ 2,000 people at its Kirkland campus. Amazon is based in Seattle as well, and now Apple will be dipping into that same talent pool.