Motorola Opens Office in Waterloo Near Google and BlackBerry

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

On the heels of BlackBerry announcing that it will cut 4,500 jobs within the next year, competing smartphone maker Motorola is setting up shop just 10 minutes away from the company's global headquarters in Waterloo.

Motorola joins Jack Dorsey's Square in expressing a strong interest in the Waterloo region, which BlackBerry helped put on the map during its decade-long rise to stardom in the 2000s. Square next year will open a permanent office in the area and hire a team of 30 engineers.

Motorola will arrive first, however, and will be just a short walk from Google's local office in the city's Tannery Building, where Communitech—now a member of Google's new Tech Hub Network for entrepreneurs—also resides.

According to the company, the office will be called Motorola Kitchener-Waterloo and will be engineer-focused. The smartphone maker has "big plans" for the office, according to one employee. However, there is currently only a few employees working there.

Motorola, which Google acquired in 2011 for $12 billion, has been planning to open an office in the region for several months, sources suggest.

Company:
Motorola Canada
Website:
http://www.motorola.com/careers
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Department Description: Business Unit Description: Motorola Canada Software Center The Motorola Canada Software Center (MCSC) is part of Motorola’s Global Software Group (GSG). GSG’s mandate is to provide software development services to all the Motorola product groups. MCSC develops software on a wide range of products and platforms. MCSC adheres to a well defined software development process and has... more

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a... more

Company:
Communitech
Website:
http://www.communitech.ca
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech is located in Waterloo Region, 110 kilometres (66 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in an area that includes the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue. A member of the Ontario Network... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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