Wednesday, March 8, 2017
NAI Partners arranges new HQ lease for Houston's Fastest-Growing Tech Company
[per The HBJ]
Houston-based Poetic Systems Inc. expects to move into its new headquarters in the coming weeks and the company plans to hire at least 15 people by year end.
Poetic Systems, a website and mobile application design company, is moving to the Decorative Center at 5120 Woodway Dr. The move, from 3,000 square feet at 675 Bering Dr. to 5,000 square feet at the Decorative Center, will give Poetic Systems the ability to expand as its growth trajectory continues throughout the year, said CEO and founder Matt Hager.
Additionally, Poetic Systems has the ability to expand into an additional 5,000 square feet on the same floor if needed. Poetic Systems used NAI's Dan Boyles to find the new space, Hager said.
"We're looking to grow (our employee count) hopefully from the mid-30s to 50," Hager said. "…We've hit all of our targets so far, so we'll hit that (growth) right at the end of the year."
The hiring will include new development talent, as well as a CFO, a first for the company.
"We're just growing up," Hager added.
The new space will feature sanded concrete floors and cement pillars with exposed exposed ceilings. The office, which is being built-to-suit by the Decorative Center, will feature a coffee bar with an espresso machine and a nitrogen-tap cold-brew coffee tap. Additionally, roughly 40 can lights throughout the space will be smartlights controlled through popular enterprise messaging software Slack. Users will be able to control the hue and brightness of an individual light by sending a message to a bot on the software. Poetic Systems has also built out a setting for when a client's app or website goes live so that every light in the office will strobe and change colors. Additionally, the ninth-floor office also has a view of downtown Houston.
Poetic Systems originally considered a move to downtown Houston as part of a plan to help foster Houston's tech scene, but ultimately decided not to. The company has been in a hiring spree for nearly two years, and ranked No. 10 on the Houston Business Journal's Fast Tech list with $2.27 million in 2015 revenue.