A cyber security firm has moved out of the Emerging Technology Center incubator space to its own new digs in Canton as it grows its client base.
Lookingglass Cyber Solutions LLC
moved last month to 1001 S. Kenwood Ave., on the second floor of a townhouse. After three years in Canton's ETC, the company thought it was time to get its own space where it can bring clients, Lookingglass CEO Derek Gabbard says.
The company's contract with the Department of Homeland Security will double this year, to $2 million.
"We've evolved to the point where you want to spread your wings and do your own thing," Gabbard says.
It also won a contract last month with an intelligence organization, which it can't name for security reasons. Two banks will also pilot their products next year.
The company expects to hire two employees by the end of the year and another three to four by next summer in the areas of software development and operational support.
The 2,000-square-foot office puts the seven-person firm two blocks closer to the bustling Canton Square, Gabbard says.
Working in the waterfront Canton
neighborhood, chock full of bars and restaurants, is a good job perk for young new employees, Gabbard says.
"It's a great spot to move to if you're in your 20s," Gabbard says. Being in a "hip, young area" is good for a growing software company.
Writer: Julekha Dash
Source: Derek Gabbard