A big name in the website building space announced on Tuesday it will build its future in Colorado. Global website creation platform Wix said it will open a 200-person office in Denver by this fall, with the 3,200-person company already beginning to hire on local customer care team members.
Next year, the Denver office will add sales and account management professionals to the team, according to Alon Mor, vice president of customer care. Wix was attracted to Denver for its tech scene and available talent, Mor said. The company said legal restrictions prevent it from commenting on whether it received government incentives to locate in Denver.
“The tremendous growth we experienced has been due to Wix being able to provide a solution for small businesses in a time of need, during a time when users have to adapt their business quickly, or for individuals that want to create a new business online in a changing economic environment,” Mor wrote in an email to Built In Colorado.
Founded in 2006, more than 170 million entrepreneurs from more than 190 countries now count on the Tel Aviv-headquartered company’s free website building platform, according to Wix. Right now, startups’ need for a dynamic online presence is accelerating, Mor said, and growth for Wix in April was particularly significant.
That month, Wix experienced a 63 percent increase in customers over the previous year, with 3.2 million new users joining Wix, Mor said. Net subscriber additions also reportedly jumped 206 percent year over year, with e-commerce subscriptions rising more than 580 percent from the year prior.
By the end of the second quarter on July 24, the company expects its earnings to grow to $260 million, up 30.2 percent from $199.6 million during the same period the year before.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said Wix’s hiring spree will help grow the state’s economy.
“Colorado has the perfect business climate, entrepreneurial spirit, resilient and skilled workforce to help support Wix’s continued expansion,” Polis said in a statement. “These new jobs will be a strong addition to Colorado’s rebounding economy, and this Denver location will offer tremendous opportunity for continued growth.”
Wix’s Denver expansion follows an expansion of its New York City office last December, which now counts 80 employees and an event space among its NYC footprint.
The website builder isn’t the only company to recently announce plans to grow in Colorado. In late June, cybersecurity provider Todyl announced plans to move its headquarters from New York City to Denver, Oakland fintech startup Marqueta will open a second headquarters in Denver, and Oakland data automation startup Fivetran plans to more than triple its Denver office headcount by the end of the year.