Q&A: Lightspeed POS closing Santa Cruz office
By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat
April 28, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA
In July 2013, a Santa Cruz startup, MerchantOS, was acquired by Lightspeed. As reported in TechCrunch (7/24/13):
LightSpeed, an Accel-backed company offering tools for physical retailers to both manage their business and engage their customers, is aiming at a new audience today. It’s launching LightSpeed Cloud, a new product powered by LightSpeed-acquired point-of-sales software maker MerchantOS.
Lightspeed POS, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is now closing their Santa Cruz office, located on Pacific Avenue.
I had the opportunity to get the scoop directly from local Lightspeed development manager, Stephen Bartlett.
SCTB: What does/did Lightspeed do in Santa Cruz?
SB: Lightspeed has four main products in the area of: retail store management, both (1) web-based and (2) Mac OSX native app, (3) eCom (web storefronts for retailers), and (4) Hospitality (restaurant/bar management). Each of these product lines support multiple stores and registers, track inventory, perform employee management, and provide reporting of all data. The SC office was a development team focused on the “Retail” product line (item 1).
SCTB: Is there a reason why the company is closing the Santa Cruz office?
SB: Development costs were unsustainable. It’s much more cost-effective to hire people in Montreal.
SCTB: How many people work/worked in the Santa Cruz office?
SB: At its peak, 15. More recently, 9.
SCTB: Are they all looking for new work? What are their skill sets?
SCTB: Is there anything else you’d like to share w/ Santa Cruz Tech Beat readers?
SB: It’s been great working in Santa Cruz. I hope that more companies locate here so we have a vibrant tech community, and we won’t have to commute over the hill.
[Editor’s note: If local hiring managers would like to reach out to the Lightspeed POS folks who are looking for work, contact Stephen Bartlett.]
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