Facebook to launch N.Y. engineering office


Mayor Bloomberg Makes Announcement with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Senator Charles E. Schumer. (Edward Reed/Courtesy of the New York Mayor’s Office )
December 2, 2011

Facebook announced Friday that it’s recruiting engineers in New York at an event with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer (D- N.Y.) on the guest list.

The recruitment will be for Facebook’s first engineering office outside of the West Coast, scheduled to open in early 2012, according to a release from the company. The firm said it would be taking applications immediately.

Luring Facebook to New York to tap into the already burgeoning pool of talent is a big win for the city as it looks to rise up as the country’s foremost tech hub.

New York City, and particularly Bloomberg, have been on a tech-recruiting tear in recent years, announcing a July plan to make New York “the technology capital of the United States — and the world.” As The Post’s Vivek Wadhwa wrote in July, Bloomberg is offering real estate subsidies and infrastructure updates to universities, institutions or consortiums that build science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, Governors Island or the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Post’s Dominic Basulto says that if New York can pull off its ambition to become Silicon Alley, then it may become a role model for cities around the world looking to become hubs for innovation.

The Facebook New York office will be led by Sekan Piantino, a Facebook engineer whom the company credits with managing the team that built the site’s News Feed and the infrastructure behind its new Timeline template.

(Post Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Donald E. Graham sits on Facebook’s board of directors.)

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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