AUSTIN, Texas—Opportunity Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber’s five-county prosperity initiative, today announced Lakeba, a leading global tech company headquartered in Australia, has chosen Austin for its first expansion in North America following the company’s most successful year to date.
“We are pleased that Lakeba has chosen Austin for its North American headquarters,” Charisse Bodisch, Austin Chamber senior vice president, economic development, said. “Lakeba will be an excellent partner to our innovative tech companies. This decision is yet another marker demonstrating the strength of our region’s talent pipeline.”
Lakeba’s chief commercialization officer Thomas Bender and chief revenue officer Ed Golod will spearhead the expansion. The North American operations will initially focus on document verification platform Ezidox, which already boasts an impressive list of clients in the region followed closely by in-app security offering Quixxi. The growth opportunity will also be fueled by Lakeba’s Microsoft gold partnership, with the enterprise tech giant providing sales and product support across a range of blue-chip clients in the region.
Lakeba’s corporate office is located at 701 Brazos St. Over the next five years, Lakeba expects to hire more than 20 employees in the Austin region. The company currently employs over 150 global team members from its Sydney headquarters and its portfolio includes 15 enterprise technology businesses. As the global commerce landscape continued to shift, powered by the extraordinary changes brought on by the global pandemic, Lakeba’s innovative model continued to thrive so much that the Financial Times recently recognized Lakeba as an Asia Pacific High Growth Company in 2020 and 2021.
“The last few years have seen us witness unique changes in financial services, retail and real estate mobility amongst others. This has created exciting opportunities for Lakeba’s market disrupting product base on a global scale, particularly in a North American market primed for an innovation led recovery,” Giuseppe Porcelli, Lakeba founder and chief executive officer said. “I’m confident under Thomas’s leadership this move will mark only the beginning of our ambitious global expansion plans, as Lakeba continues to shine even brighter on a global scale.”
About Opportunity Austin
Opportunity Austin is the economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the five-county Central Texas region. Top priorities include boosting economic diversification to proactively strengthen the economy, deepening the talent pool through development and attraction, and keeping the Greater Austin region attractive to entrepreneurs, business leaders and site selectors through advocacy on issues such as comprehensive regional transportation system and regional collaboration. Since 2004, Opportunity Austin has helped bring more than 400,000 total jobs to the Austin region. Learn more about Opportunity Austin here.
Lakeba engineers’ future technologies that accelerate businesses towards a better tomorrow. Lakeba’s portfolio consists of 15 businesses and their specialist technologies. Twelve are being built, three have already exited. By conceiving these businesses and their technologies from the ground up, creating their operational models and commercializing them into mature revenue and profit-generating businesses. Founded in 2013 and awarded Microsoft Gold Partnership status in 2018, The Financial Times recognized Lakeba as an Asia Pacific High Growth Company for two years in 2020 and 2021. Lakeba is also ranked as one of Australia’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Lakeba develops technologies from headquarters in Sydney, Australia and is supported by offices in India, Italy, the UK and the US. With a team of 160 specialists in capital funding, coding, financial management, marketing, operations, public relations, risk management and, of course, technology.