Raygun software business expands into United States but HQ stays in Wellington
The owners of a Wellington software development business are setting up in the United States, but have vowed to remain headquartered in the capital.
In February year Raygun set up a subsidiary company in the US.
Co- founder and chief executive John-Daniel Trask will move to the Seattle in March, where he plans to recruit managers to run the software bug-fixing business.
Raygun has helped clients such as Nordstorm, Microsoft and Apple identify the cause of more than 10 billion software crashes.
Raygun, formally known as Mindscape, started in 2007 was and was rebranded in September.
"We launched Raygun as a product in 2013 and it was a real hit," Trask said.
Raygun sales were 10 times those of all Mindscape's other products combined, "so we rebranded to simplify things for customers."
Trask plans to hire about 20 staff in the US withintwo years and will stay until the business is self-sustaining.
The business has an office in San Francisco, which would remain with one employee, but its US base will be in Seattle.
"We have a good relationship with Microsoft, which is headquartered there and it's a tech hub with businesses such as Amazon and Google also operating from there.
"Seattle was also a lot cheaper than San Francisco."
Trask said he had benefited from advice and referrals given to him by other Kiwi businesses in the US and found it more straightforward to set up than he expected.
Despite offers from potential investors to headquarter Raygun in the US, he was not interested.
"We are a patriotic team and have benefited immensely from the support of the community and government agencies such as NZTE and Callaghan Innovation."
He believed that technology would become the biggest export for New Zealand over the next 15 years.
"I want us to be a substantial part of that."
After raising $1.4 million from investors last year, the company, which employs 22 staff, was yet to spend it.
"There is a lot of opportunity that we may want to capitalise on. We are fortunate to have a supportive investment seed, who are all local players."
The profitable business was not aggressively adding people to expand, Trask said.
"We build software products, which means we don't have to correlate size to bums on seats."
Six weeks ago the business launched Raygun Pulse - which monitors the user experience of a website.
Raygun engineers would continue to help customers build better software, he said.
"Raygun crash reporting tells customers when things don't work, and Raygun pulse records every interaction people have with their system to understand the performance."