3Seventy, a company that provides cloud-based, mobile client relations software, is moving into downtown Austin. The company, formerly called “TXT4CRM” until it changed its name last year, said it plans to hire 30 to 40 people over the next 12 months in downtown and an office in Lithuania.
While it might seem old hat to a lot of Austinites, it’s worth reminding that downtown communities across country roll out a red carpet for any business that invests in downtown and 3Seventy’s downtown Austin investment is something to be celebrated, not be taken for granted.
The company added three new people in the past week, Carrie Chitsey, the founder and CEO, who is also a downtown Austin resident, told me this morning. The Austin office will house mostly sales and marketing people, with a minority of tech developers.
Right now, the company lists their office location near the 360 Bridge and FM 2222. They will move next month into the entire first floor of 707 Rio Grande, which is next to where Katz’s Deli used to be.
“We are a creative mobile company, we have a lot of young, innovating employees who like the urban downtown lifestyle,” Chitsey said.
The $2 million is thanks to Mark Jennings, a serial investor who will join 3Seventy’s board of directors.
New employers and employees in downtown Austin are something to celebrate. They spend money at retailers and restaurants, which helps keep shops in business or encourages competition, which in turn creates a more vibrant community for people to live in.
We’ve seen companies continue to favor the downtown market over the suburbs. Xtreme Power, for example, moved into 111 Congress Ave. from the Kyle area and tech manufacturer Cirrus Logic is also investing in downtown space.