A new tech headquarters will soon be coming to DFW. On Wednesday, Danish security firm Keepit announced it will open its U.S. headquarters in Fort Worth.
Keepit was co-founded in 2007 by Frederik Schouboe and Morten Felsvang and offers SaaS data and file security by using blockchain technology to store data in decentralized networks. Blockchain technology has become synonymous with cryptocurrencies and NFTs, however, the technology has other uses — one of them being data security.
News of the new headquarters comes just months after Keepit secured a $30 million investment from U.K. VC firm One Peak. Following the investment, the company said it was looking to expand awareness of its product globally and would be doubling its headcount.
“Keepit is excited to formally establish a presence in the United States and to broaden its customer base among U.S. information technology enterprises. With the rise in and prevalence of ransomware, businesses are seeing that it’s important now, more than ever, to ensure that their data is properly backed up,” Chris Braden, Keepit’s VP of channel and sales, said in a prepared statement.
Braden told Built In that Keepit chose DFW for its U.S. headquarters due to its talented labor force and because it is a central spot between its headquarters in Denmark and other regional offices.
“[Fort Worth] is centrally located in the U.S. for ease of pulling together national meetings. It also offers a large pool of available talent, agreeable cost of living and it’s hard not to factor in the obvious tax advantages of working in a state like Texas,” Braden told Built In via email.
Currently, there are a handful of job listings on the company’s website for Fort Worth-based positions in the sales, HR and management fields. According to Keepit, the company is looking to bring on between 20 to 25 new employees for U.S. headquarters over the course of the year.
Keepit is the second tech startup to open a new headquarters in the DFW metro since the start of 2022. In early January, California software startup Review Wave relocated to McKinney and announced the addition of 73 tech and executive roles. The previous year was also a big one for company relocations with a flurry of tech enterprises moving to DFW, including BackBox and Origina, two overseas startups that launched their U.S. headquarters in DFW.
If this trend holds, DFW can see many more tech companies relocate to the area in 2022.