On Thursday I did a post on Boston startups making news at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference. But then I found a problem: One of them, CloudBees, isn’t a Boston startup any longer. At some point in recent months, the Woburn-based company moved its headquarters to the San Francisco Bay area, according to its website and a response from the company on Twitter.
@KyleAlspach – You are correct!
— CloudBees (@CloudBees) November 14, 2014
The new headquarters, in Los Altos, Calif., to be exact, was never announced in any way by the company (as far as I can tell), though CloudBees news releases started using the city as the dateline at least as far back as September.
The move for CloudBees follows an $11.2 million Series C in March and major shift in its business in the fall. Previously the company was focused on software development technology, but in September announced it would discontinue those products and only offer tools for “continuous delivery,” which lets developers more quickly push out changes to software code.
A move of a Boston startup to the West Coast is never welcome news here, but CloudBees’ Boston office was pretty much its headquarters in name only, anyway. Its founder and CEO, Sacha Labourey, is based in Switzerland, and Labourey told me in March that just 10 of the company’s 50 employees were in Woburn. A CloudBees spokeswoman said Friday that the company hasn’t moved any employees to California, and that employees from the Woburn office are now working remotely. “Many of the tech folks were always West-Coast based and now sales is centered around Richmond,” the spokeswoman said.
CloudBees has raised $25.7 million since its founding in 2010 from investors including Matrix Partners, LightSpeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures.