Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin

LightspeedLightspeed Systems, which makes education software, announced plans to relocate all of its operations and employees from Bakersfield, Calif. to Austin.

Lightspeed originally moved its corporate headquarters to Austin in 2013 and the company’s founder, Rob McCarthy, moved to Austin a year later. The Bakersfield Californian reports Lightspeed has about 80 employees and most of them will join the company’s 29 employees in Austin. A few employees will remain in Bakersfield and work remotely and the company expects the transition to be complete by late next year, according to a news release.

The company makes web filtering software, mobile device and classroom management products used in 5,500 schools districts in the U.S. and 25,000 schools globally.

The Austin location is centrally located and is close to customers, partners and other key technology companies, according to a news release.

“Right now, Austin is the most innovative and dynamic place in the country for technology,” Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas, said in a news release. “Bakersfield was an incredible place to found and build our business, and we will always have ties to the community. But we’re excited about our future in Austin so we can continue growing and achieving new goals.”

Austin’s “thriving start-up scene, culture of innovation and excellent barbecue make Austin an ideal home for Lightspeed Systems’ staff,” according to a news release.

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