Hudl, a sports video editing software company based in Lincoln, plans to open an office in Omaha’s Old Market — and hopes to help staff it by offering $10,000 bonuses to new hires in May.
Hudl co-founder David Graff said the expansion to Omaha was all about recruiting talent. The company hopes to double its product team of about 52 Web developers, designers, quality assurance analysts and project managers by the end of the year. The company employs about 127 full-time people and 21 interns, Graff said, including remote employees in New York, California and Texas.
“Whether that growth occurs in Lincoln or Omaha doesn’t really matter to us,” Graff said, adding that he sees a lot of potential for recruiting in Omaha, with a larger talent pool, universities and established businesses.
Hudl, launched in 2006, provides Web-based video editing and other services for high school, college and professional sports teams.
The company’s football clients include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and it plans to expand in the basketball market. It also plans to develop more tools specific to the needs of soccer and volleyball programs and individual sports like diving and golf, a press release said.
Last fall, Hudl held its first hiring event in Omaha, saying it was recruiting here because about 10 percent of its workforce commutes from Omaha.
The new office, about 8,000 square feet at 1013 Jones St., initially will be staffed by a handful of those Omaha employees, Graff said.
Construction on the new space, formerly occupied by Nomad Lounge, will begin later this month with a goal of completing by August. “The shell of it was what we were most attracted to, and the flexibility for us to build out,” Graff said.
He said the company was attracted to the Old Market because it had a similar feel to its office in Lincoln’s Haymarket.
An open house will be held in the new space May 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.