SEVEN Networks, which develops mobile device management and optimization software, is relocating its corporate headquarters to Marshall from San Carlos, California. The company, founded in 2000, is privately held and has research and development centers in California and Finland.
The company plans to utilize local talent and has plans to hire as many as 25 full-time employees, including seven software engineers.
The company will reside in the Center for Applied Technology, which is also home to the Marshall Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) – which played a key role in bringing SEVEN to Texas.
The Center for Applied Technology was designed for the recruitment and incubation of high-tech related businesses, MEDCO said in a statement. The facility provided the necessary requirements for the operations of SEVEN Networks.
Dr. Ross Bott, Ph.D., has been President and CEO of SEVEN Networks since 2006, and has been a member of SEVEN’s board of directors since 2002. Previously, he served as COO of Phone.com (now Openwave Systems), providing infrastructure and application software for wireless carriers and handset OEMs, and as CEO of Onebox.com (San Mateo, California), a leading provider of Web–based communications services, which was acquired by Phone.com in 2001. Bott holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Bott said that if SEVEN can show success in this region, there’s a chance for more high-tech companies to make their homes in East Texas.
“I think the momentum can shift back to people coming back here because they know it’s a good place to live,” Bott said. “They just need to find those high tech jobs.”
“SEVEN occupies a five-office suite with room to expand as the company grows,” said MEDCO Executive Director Donna Maisel. “Bringing new business and industry to town is just one example of how MEDCO assists the growth of our community.”