The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Nov. 1 and included Congressman Scott Peters as well as representatives of World Trade Center San Diego. | All images courtesy a representative of San Diego Regional EDC

Event Coverage: SD MetroConnect Startup Debuts HQ (SLIDESHOW)

Carrie Rossenfeld Office

As part of the MetroConnect program launched by World Trade Center San Diego (WTC), software startup Cloudbeds has revealed its new San Diego headquarters, according to a release from a representative of San Diego Regional EDC.

The statement says Cloudbeds was recently selected to take part in MetroConnect 2018, an export-assistance program run by WTC — an affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC — and designed to help San Diego companies accelerate their global growth. According to the release, over the next year, Cloudbeds will work directly with WTC and EDC to expand into more global markets — specifically targeting India and Southeast Asia. The company currently supports 200 jobs across 28 countries.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the debut took place on Nov. 1 at the new headquarters, located at 3033 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100, in Downtown San Diego, with Congressman Scott Peters and San Diego Regional EDC present, according to the rep. The space features art, a game room, an outdoor working space and picnic area, and a 12-foot willow tree and turf in its common area.

The statement says Cloudbeds was founded in 2012 by native San Diegans and UC San Diego Rady School of Management MBA graduates Adam Harris and Richard Castle. The company creates cloud-based hospitality-management software and employs nearly 25 people in San Diego, with plans for further growth.

Adam Harris, co-founder and CEO at Cloudbeds, is quoted in the release as saying, “We’re extremely proud of the team across the world for making our growth so far possible, and we plan to continue in a much bigger way. We plan to have grown by 50 percent globally over our current size at the end of 2019.”

Some of that growth will be focused in San Diego, according to the statement, which says Cloudbeds is currently looking to fill technical positions to support the continued development of its hospitality software.

Nikia Clarke, VP of economic development for San Diego Regional EDC, is quoted in the release as saying during the ceremony that Cloudbeds’ new headquarters “is truly reflective of the region’s tech ecosystem — creative, innovative and collaborative. As part of our MetroConnect program, EDC and WTC San Diego look forward to supporting Cloudbeds’ continued growth here and abroad.”

Congressman Peters emphasized during the ceremony, according to the release, that Cloudbeds’ founders were educated at San Diego UCSD’s Rady School of Management. He added that the firm’s new headquarters “fits right in with our top technology sector and thriving hospitality sector. I’m proud to support growing startups, like Cloudbeds, that are changing the way we approach business solutions, and I look forward to celebrating their success.”

See below for a slideshow of photos from the event.