Amazon, Expedia, Redfin, and Zillow may want to hold an employee appreciation day in the near future. Hulu announced today that it will open a development center in Seattle - which is where those organizations are headquartered - and the company is also looking to increase its headcount.
Hulu's moving fast on both fronts. The development center is supposed to be ready by the end of this year, and Richard Tom, Vice President of Platform Technology, made his email address (richard at hulu dot com) public if any software developers want to apply.
In a post on the Hulu Blog, Tom also pointed out that Hulu has a solid track record in terms of moving quickly. He noted, "Over the last year, we've scaled our service to handle over 30 million users and over 1 billion streams per month."
As for the future, Tom hinted at lots and lots more growth, adding, "The online video experience today is only a fraction of what we think it can and should be . . ."
Anyway, Hulu's move to Seattle seems solid due to the area's strong tech credentials. Also, since Hulu has already has offices in Beijing, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, Seattle represents a natural fit in terms of geographic distribution.
Unfortunately, Hulu didn't share any details about size or price in connection with the new development center.