Facebook won't talk about its IPO, but it will tell you that it's opening an engineering office in New York City-its first outside the left coast.
The site, with 800 million bookers worldwide is looking to the city for talent. In a company release, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's Vice President of Engineering noted, New York has thousands of talented technical people, and we want them to help us solve the challenges of designing and building the next generation of Facebook.
According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, New York's elected leaders helped to seal the deal. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made the point that one of his pet projects showed how committed the city is to technology businesses, The growth in the tech sector is creating jobs and further diversifying our economy. That's why we are invested in expanding our engineering workforce by building a new applied sciences school in the city. We want to do everything we can to make sure that Facebook can grow here, and that the next Facebook will be founded here.
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, fresh from beating down Sen. John McCain over the latter's Long Island insult, noted that New York is pleased to call Facebook a 'friend.'
The Facility will be located on Manhattan's toney East Side, which thrilled, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
Serkan Piantino, an engineering manager at Facebook who previously managed the engineering team behind Facebook's News Feed and built the infrastructure behind Timeline, will be the driving force at the helm of the New York team.
Want to be a Facebooker? Check out the jobs in New York here: http://www.facebook.com/nycjobs. It is opening in early 2012 it is accepting applications now. And here's its, uhm, facebook page: Facebook NY engineer page