Calif. Tech Firm Opens Office in KC

Posted: Nov 10, 2013 3:07 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A video-conferencing firm from Silicon Valley is opening its first office outside California in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports Suitable Technologies has space at City Center Square and will employ one person to start, although it's planning to hire more.

Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, said in a statement that the company was attracted to the Kansas City market because of Google Fiber. But he says the impression the city made "sealed the deal."

The firm plans to build an international support center for what it calls the Beam, which enables users to communicate instantly to remote locations using video-conferencing technology over a Wi-Fi or cellular 4G LTE connection. Kansas City competed with Austin, Texas, for the center.

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