A couple of years ago, Lincoln wasn't even on the radar of Glint, a Silicon Valley-area tech company.
But in early 2017, the company was searching for an engineer and got a lead on a highly recommended candidate here.
That candidate, Angela Shoemaker, wound up joining the company and working out of temporary space in Fuse Coworking that spring.
Glint liked Shoemaker's work so much, it decided to hire more people in Lincoln, and by the time the company moved into office space in The Railyard a few months later, it had eight employees staffing its first office outside of its headquarters in Redwood City, California.
It's now up to 30 employees in a space that was designed to hold 20, which is why the company will be moving soon to the new Hudl building at 600 P St., joining Hudl and Nelnet, which together occupy five of the seven floors.
Glint, which has an employee engagement platform that allows companies to do real-time surveys of their employees, will be taking up nearly 8,000 square feet on the vacant third floor the building, which opened in December.
"Moving into the Hudl building made a lot of sense," said Dennis Jang, Glint's chief financial officer.
Jang said getting to build out space in a new building means the company can make everything the way it wants it.
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Also, he said the company wanted to stay in the West Haymarket because it's a "great area for recruiting."
The new space has room for up to 80 employees, a number Jang feels certain Glint eventually will hit in Lincoln. And the company also has first right of refusal for additional space on the third floor, giving it the option to expand further if it needs to.
In addition to engineers, Glint also employs customer service representatives and salespeople in Lincoln. Its website as of last week listed four job openings in Lincoln.
Jang said he hopes to be able to move Lincoln employees into the new space by mid-June.
For a company whose product is all about "making employees happy," as Jang puts it, it is pretty happy with how its expansion to Lincoln has worked out.
"What's cool about Lincoln is it's such a family community," he said. "We're really happy that we made the decision to move."
The decision to open the Lincoln office showed Glint that it could successfully staff satellite offices, and now it has plans to expand its physical footprint further.
The company recently opened an office in London, and Jang said it has plans to open offices in Texas and somewhere on the East Coast.