Advertising tech company Adbrain opens Seattle engineering outpost, scoops up Microsoft veterans – GeekWire
Advertising and marketing technology company Adbrain is the latest tech company to open an outpost in Seattle, and it’s already tapping into the local talent pool with two key hires from Microsoft.
Adbrain, which helps marketers reach customers across multiple devices and platforms, joins more than 80 technology companies from around the world that have opened offices in Seattle to take advantage of the deep roster of tech talent in the region. Adbrain representatives say the Seattle office will serve as the company’s engineering hub where product development and testing will be centered. Adbrain also has offices in London, San Francisco and New York.
Jason Atlas, Adbrain’s CTO, will run the Seattle office at 3417 Fremont Ave. N. in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Right now, Adbrain has seven employees working out of a 2,100 square-foot office. The company is looking for a few more people, and its current Seattle office space has room for 12 people total.
“There has been a talent migration to Seattle over the past couple of years, and with this office, we now have a huge pool to pull from,” Atlas said. “On a more personal level, I have been working in this city for more than 20 years — I know the tech community and economy well, and I’m excited to build up the Adbrain team here.”
Adbrain snagged a pair of Microsoft veterans to help grow the Seattle office. Poul Costinsky, chief architect, spent the previous 19 years at Microsoft where he worked on everything from .Net 1.0 to Windows cyber security.
Manu Manianchira will be Adbrain’s new vice president of global engineering. He previously led a team working on Microsoft’s Windows 10 3D push, and he was a prominent member of the Windows Safety technology team. Chris Curwood, a U.S. VFW Marine, cybersecurity and network expert with a background in software as a service, is also joining the team.
“Our new Seattle office not only has access to top industry players, but we are now able to run a 24-hour product cycle between our London and Seattle offices, covering our two largest markets — the US and Europe,” Gareth Davies, Adbrain CEO said in a statement. “We already work closely with technology partners like Amazon and Microsoft and hope to build on existing and new partnerships by having a very senior team centered right in the heart of the tech scene. This puts us in the best possible position to combine our cross-device expertise with enterprise technology helping to solve consumer identity challenges.”