ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Nexient, the Agile development firm specialized in 100% US-based software product teams, is ramping its aggressive local hiring this month after surpassing its 2018 Michigan hiring commitments.
Last year, Nexient pledged to create 300 new Michigan jobs by 2020, with the first 60 planned for 2018. But company growth nearly doubled that pace, with over 100 new hires in the first year since receiving a $1.5M performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Nexient has chosen to base its primary delivery center in Ann Arbor, supporting hundreds of local jobs in digital product design, development and quality engineering. The company also maintains smaller tech hubs in Lansing and Kokomo, Indiana, as well as consulting teams on client sites across the United States.
Demand is coming primarily from Nexient’s corporate clients outside Michigan, as both tech companies and large enterprises look to scale software product development faster and more responsively to users.
“Our work bringing the new category of digital medicines to market continues to accelerate,” said Sean Handel, Senior Vice President of Product for Proteus Digital Health. “Nexient is helping us ramp up, tapping mobile and web software teams in Michigan to keep up with the demands of our Silicon Valley product development.”
“Our clients need to get to market fast and deliver great customer experiences,” said Nexient CEO Mark Orttung. “Our Ann Arbor presence is helping us assemble nimble ‘product teams on tap,’ combining engineers, designers and strategists to build software people love to use.”
Orttung said Ann Arbor has proved an appealing location for recruitment, noting the city consistently ranks as one of the Best College Towns, Best Places to Live, and Most Educated Cities in America.
“Michigan’s vibrant tech economy is attractive for fast-growing companies like Nexient,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which administers incentives and programs on behalf of the MSF. “Michigan is the place where high-tech talent demands can be met, and tech companies can grow. With a strong culture of innovation and learning, our state is a magnet for the software talent they need.”
Nexient will host a software professional networking event at its Ann Arbor office on January 22, 2019, in partnership with HackerX.