SAN FRANCISCO and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), the community-led local search site, today announced it is opening an office in Scottsdale, Arizona, as it increases hiring to support the company's U.S. and international expansion.
The San Francisco-based technology company plans to hire more than 200 people this year for the office, which will be located in the Scottsdale Corporate Galleria, and is looking to fill positions across numerous departments, in particular sales and account management.
Yelp, which connects consumers with great local businesses through user-written reviews and ratings on its site, has seen rapid growth in recent years. More than 29 million people used the site last month and review content has doubled in the last year to more than 9 million. Started in San Francisco in 2004, Yelp is available throughout the U.S. and Canada, and expanded to the U.K. and Ireland last year.
"Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area have a vibrant and growing Yelp community," said Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and co-founder of Yelp. "The region is also a great place to locate a technology business, having a strong infrastructure and an educated talent pool of potential employees. We are excited to make Scottsdale home to our third Yelp office and the hundreds of future Yelp employees who will live, work and play in this great area."
"Yelp is a wonderful addition to Scottsdale's business community," said City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. "This company is a leader in their industry and we are excited that they are bringing a young, talented workforce to the heart of our vibrant downtown community."
"Yelp demonstrates a key trend in a web-based objective," said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "Young, dynamic and trend-setting, it is a company of the future."
"Yelp's decision to grow and expand here showcases why Arizona is the ideal base for companies who need to reach out to the world," said Donald Cardon, Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. "They now join the growing number of companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to high-techs to start-ups who enjoy a dynamic business climate, wonderful quality of life and talented workforce."
Besides the company's website offering, Yelp is available across numerous mobile platforms, including its widely lauded iPhone application, BlackBerry, Palm, Android, and WAP-enabled devices. The company, which earns revenues through search and display advertising, also offers free tools for local businesses to market to the Yelp consumer community, or yelpers, as they are sometimes called.
Yelp currently has more than 340 employees, most of whom are located at the company's San Francisco headquarters and its New York City office.
About Yelp, Inc.
Yelp (www.yelp.com) is a website that connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, U.K. and Ireland; Yelp drew an audience of more than 29 million unique visitors in January 2010. Yelpers have written more than 9 million local reviews, making Yelp the leading US local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. For more information, please visit www.yelp.com/press or send an email to email@example.com.
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SOURCE Yelp! Inc.