MindTouch debuts new Global Headquarters

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Ari Hoffman (left) and Aaron Fulkerson in MindTouch's engineering section. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Ari Hoffman (left) and Aaron Fulkerson in MindTouch’s engineering section. Photo by Chris Jennewein

One of San Diego’s fastest growing software companies showed off a 15th floor workspace Thursday that exemplifies the industry’s increasing downtown focus.

MindTouch, which provides online customer support and engagement software for large companies like Samsung and IBM, now has over 100 employees working in the Irvine Company‘s building at 101 Broadway.

“We’re very happy to see the growth in MindTouch,” said Jesse Gipe of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, noting that more than half of San Diego’s software startups are located downtown.

MindTouch was founded downtown in 2005 with four employees in an unheated, unairconditioned office in the Spreckels Building. The new office is their fourth in the downtown area.

“Irvine’s done an amazing job,” said CEO Aaron Fulkerson as he led visitors on a tour of the new space, which can accommodate up to 180 employees as the company grows.

John Turner, Irvine’s regional vice president, said his company is trying to create vibrant innovation communities in the high-rise, downtown buildings that it owns.

With some 40,000 now employed in software across San Diego County, co-working and startup workspaces are a growing presence downtown.

“The interesting thing for us is to see is how much this clustering breeds innovation,” Gipe said.