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Posted on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

Why the CEO of Barracuda Networks likes Ann Arbor's talent pool

By Lizzy Alfs


Inside the Barracuda Networks office in Ann Arbor.

Melanie Maxwell | file photo

Network security firm Barracuda Networks is based in California, but CEO William Jenkins likes to recruit talent right here in Ann Arbor, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports.

Jenkins, who projects Barracuda could top $300 million in revenue this year, said it’s easier — and less expensive — to hire in the Ann Arbor market.

"It is much easier for us to find the type of people we need there," Jenkins told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. "We are a relatively small fish in a big pond in Silicon Valley. In Michigan we are one of the only fish in that pond."

Barracuda recently completed a major expansion when it relocated from Depot Street to Maynard Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The company has been hiring several employees each month and now employs more than 200 people in Ann Arbor. Jenkins is also looking for a larger office in Silicon Valley.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Basic Bob

Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 4:38 a.m.

It's easier to find a better job in Silicon Valley without moving. In Ann Arbor, you're at the top of the food chain, which leads to employment security for the employer.

Kai Petainen

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

this is a really good point in the article... ""It costs 1.5 to 2 times more per employee in Silicon valley than in Ann Arbor.""

Kai Petainen

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 4:52 a.m.

is the photo from the 2nd floor of the old borders?

Linda Peck

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 11:17 p.m.

This is great news for the talented people of Ann Arbor looking for a job in this industry.