Mayor Bloomberg today joined Seamless, the nation’s leading digital service for ordering delivery and takeout food from thousands of top restaurants, to announce the opening of its New York City headquarters. The 28,000-square-foot office, located at 1065 Avenue of the Americas at 40th Street overlooking Bryant Park, is home to more than 140 of the company’s 240 total employees including the executive team, engineers, the marketing team, customer support and sales. Seamless is a comprehensive source for local restaurant information and ordering. In 2011, the company facilitated more than $400 million in food orders from its more than 8,000 restaurant partners. Mayor Bloomberg was joined by Seamless CEO Jonathan Zabusky and New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne.
"If you love food, there’s nowhere better than New York City," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "And if you want to start a technology business, it’s the place to be. So it’s no surprise that Seamless is one of our city’s most successful digital startups. They are another great success story from our thriving startup scene, which is creating jobs and expanding the city’s economy."
"New York is our home and continues to be a flagship city for Seamless. Moving into our new, fully integrated headquarters enables us to further our leadership position, attract and retain the best talent, drive innovation and change from a product and servicing perspective while allowing us to welcome the MenuPages team into our fold," said Seamless CEO Jonathan Zabusky. "Similar to what the Mayor pioneered when starting his own technology company, we’ve created an open concept office where collaboration with team members and unfettered creativity is encouraged with all of the advanced capabilities that a leading technology company could ask for. We expect that this new space will be home for a long time and will allow us to continue to make over one million hungry people happy while simultaneously benefiting our thousands of restaurant partners."
Seamless was founded in New York City in 1999. Since then, it has expanded from a website for corporate food ordering in NYC to a national service that facilitates ordering and restaurant decisioning via web and mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. Seamless offers full menus, ratings, reviews, and exclusive discounts from an extensive network of restaurants in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, and other US cities. For more information, visit www.seamless.com.
"New York City is home to a robust start-up culture where entrepreneurs are applying new technology to existing business models," Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said. "Businesses like Seamless and other home-grown success stories are helping to diversify New York’s economy and make us a magnet for talent."
"This announcement is further evidence that innovative technology companies such as Seamless are looking to call New York City home," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. "Since 2005, the City has seen significant employment growth within the technology sector. With its comprehensive suite of initiatives designed to capitalize and expand on this steady growth, the Bloomberg Administration remains committed to helping companies such as Seamless to achieve their long-term business objectives, right here in the five boroughs."
"It is a pleasure to congratulate Seamless on their new office space and exciting company growth. Not only are they making life more convenient – and delicious – for New Yorkers, but Seamless has over 200 employees and enables thousands of restaurants to serve customers online. As an innovative startup contributing to our City’s digital future, Seamless provides a key service as it helps businesses in New York’s world-class restaurant industry grow. The innovation on display at Seamless is an important part of Mayor Bloomberg’s digital roadmap, and it’s no surprise that a company like Seamless was born here in New York."
This past May, Mayor Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Sterne unveiled the City’s digital roadmap, a compressive strategy that laid the groundwork for tech companies to come to the City, hire New Yorkers and thrive. The report, created in collaboration with numerous City agencies, stakeholders in both the public and private sector and citizens from all five boroughs, unveiled partnerships with a range of social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr that would allow the City to engage with residents in a more efficient and unified manner and provide New Yorkers the opportunity to connect with their government using the latest advances in digital communication.