Tech firm Rapid7 opening ‘main hub’ in Tampa, bringing 100 jobs

Another tech company is expanding into Tampa, pledging to bring 100 jobs along the way.

Boston cybersecurity analytics company Rapid7 announced Tuesday that it will open its 10th U.S. office at shared workspace Industrious in Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf. The company said the new office will support more than 100 new employees. It plans to expand to a permanent location sometime in 2022.

CEO Corey Thomas said the firm chose Tampa partly for the pool of young talent at the University of South Florida and other Florida colleges; and partly for the city’s military community, as the company has a number of veterans on its workforce.

“The university hires, both locally but also in the broader region, are a big focus — bringing people in early in their careers, and helping them actually build careers in tech,” Thomas said. “If you look at people in our managerial suite, unlike most companies, 70 percent of them are developed from within.”

Thomas described the Tampa office as a “major hub,” one of several the company operates worldwide. It’ll house a range of operations, from software development to human resources and technical support. One hundred hires is an initial goal, he said; the company would ultimately like to have hundreds working in Tampa.

“It’s engineering developers and researchers, cybersecurity IT professionals, but also customer support and service-oriented professionals, and also analysts and business intelligence professionals,” he said. “You have all of those folks coming in that we’re hiring.”

Rapid7 is the second tech firm to set up shop at Industrious in the past three months. In August, online payment services startup Fast announced it was opening its first East Coast hub in Tampa, all the way across the country from its headquarters in San Francisco.

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“Tampa continues to prove that it’s an ideal location for innovative tech companies looking for diverse, technical talent,” Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement.

Rapid7 has about 2,000 employees spread across the United States and 14 offices in Europe. Publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol RPD, the company reported revenues of $411.5 million in 2020, up from $157.4 million in 2016.

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