Salesforce.com Officially Opens Bigger Seattle Office, Says Aggressive Hiring of Top Talent Will Continue

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Salesforce.com, the cloud-computing provider that has been in an extended battle with Microsoft for market share and talent, plans to hire as aggressively as possible to fill its new 11,000 square-foot space in South Lake Union.

And the pace apparently won’t be slowed by a recent court battle over Salesforce.com’s (NYSE: CRM) hiring of a manager from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

“We’re after the best talent in the industry, wherever we can find them—and not all of those people are at one company,” Salesforce.com’s Woodson Martin says. “The truth of the matter is, a lot of people want to work on the next generation of technology. They want to be out on the cutting edge and innovating, and not maintaining the status quo.”

Martin, a senior vice president for San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, spoke to reporters this morning while joining some colleagues at an event to celebrate the official opening of the company’s new Seattle office.

Salesforce.com’s Seattle team—which includes new and existing employees working on its major products—moved into the new office over the weekend and had a little shindig Monday night, Martin says.

It must not have been too crazy, because several people made the 9 a.m. call at Operation Sack Lunch, a local charity.

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Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @curtwoodward

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