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Jive set to jump to new HQ, add 200 employees

OREM — Utah cloud communications company Jive managed to keep some big news under wraps until its annual employee appreciation gathering at Snowbird last weekend, where it announced a new headquarters that's already under construction in Utah County.

Since 2006, Jive has been building market presence, offering high-tech, cloud-based business telephone, conferencing and contact-management services, growing from just a handful of founders 11 years ago to over 500 employees now.

That growth, which compelled the company to spread its staff around five Utah offices, will be accommodated much better in a new, 52,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Grove. And, the company is in the midst of adding 200 additional employees this year as its success, and expansion, continues.

Jive co-founder and CEO John Pope said the decision to stay in Utah was never in question.

"Jive is one of the largest, privately held, cloud communications companies in the nation, and we're proud to be based in Utah County," Pope said. "Our employees are hard-working, dedicated, long-term focused, and caring — all of which are reflections of the local culture.

"We're excited to bring our teams back together again at a new Utah County home where we can continue to expand," he said.

The company is somewhat unusual in the tech realm as it has maintained a commitment to self-financing growth. This bootstrapping mentality tracks back to the launch of the company, when the six founders worked for free for the first three years of business. That approach appears to be paying dividends as Jive continues to make inroads into the $30 billion-a-year business communications industry.

"A huge part of Jive's success is the bootstrap mentality we have taken in everything we've done, including office space," said Don Pratt, Jive's chief financial officer. "As we approach $100 million in revenue and greater than 700 employees worldwide, with 60 percent of those in Utah, the time has come for us to establish a permanent, long-term home for all of our HQ team with a state-of-the-art, newly constructed office building."

The company's chief marketing officer and co-founder, Matt Peterson, said having all the Utah employees under one roof will serve to enhance Jive's forward momentum.

"Bringing everyone together again will be a big moment for us, and help us raise our trajectory and increase our velocity," Peterson said.

The company expects to move into the facility next spring.