Australian e-commerce startup Bigcommerce to expand to San Francisco

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 20, 2014 08:51 AM EDT

Aussie e-commerce startup Bigcommerce is entering the San Francisco market with the opening of its new office there. For the next two months, the firm will be hiring 40 engineers to beef up its platform, according to Business Insider.

IT Wire cited co-founder Mitchell Harper saying: "2013 was a very strong year for us in terms of growth. We grew at over 100% and, most importantly, helped thousands of businesses around the world grow faster. This year we're ramping up our engineering efforts and expecting to accelerate even faster -- we're hiring a killer leadership team, opening an office in downtown San Francisco and filling it with amazing local talent."

Bigcommerce now has established headquarters in Sydney, Austin, and San Francisco. The engineers to be hired will be given a chance to work in both Sydney and San Francisco offices but will also work in tandem with its Australian engineering group, the report explained.

Founded in 2009 by Harper and Eddie Machaalani, Bigcommerce helps small enterprises build and manage their own e-commerce platforms. It has now garnered 50,000 users from 137 countries after five years. In 2013, the startup closed $40 million in its third funding round, Business Insider reported.

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