Business startup moves from Silicon Valley to Beaverton
GrowthPlug Inc., a software company that works with health-care practitioners to improve their service to patients, is moving from Silicon Valley to Beaverton.
Over the next 12 months, GrowthPlug — which just received a $1 million investment from Elevated Capital in Portland — will hire between 20 and 25 people for customer support, business development, operations, and sales and marketing.
For now, GrowthPlug will occupy a third-floor space in The Beaverton Building/City Hall with a view of BG's Food Cartel, the food-cart pod across Southwest Millikan Way.
Bill Berg, an economic development manager with the city, said he was approached by Nitin Rai, Elevated Capital managing director and a key investor in the 3-year-old startup.
"I showed him some options in Beaverton and talked to him about the city," Berg said. "As a result, they decided to move here, so we were happy about that."
Chief executive officer Sudhir Bhatti said GrowthPlug's software platform helps smaller practitioners — mostly in medical specialties — schedule appointments, run analytics and figure out how they can serve their patients better.
"These small practitioners are struggling to find the right technology that can help them organize their practices and have decent management," he said in a phone interview from San Jose, Calif.
GrowthPlug's engineering work will continue to be done mostly in India. But Bhatti said his company sought a new place to carry out other functions.
"Beaverton stood out in our search," he said.
"The first is access to a decent-sized talent pool. The second is the proximity of Beaverton to downtown Portland. Our team wants to have easy access to food options and lifestyle activities. Beaverton is a nice blend. That drove our decision moving the company.
"We are excited to be part of a fast-growing economy that provides us access to a talent pool with the right culture, and a city that is fun and provides lots of activities to do."
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