Bellevue’s boom: City’s tech industry is poised to eat Seattle’s lunch


When Apptio launched in 2007, early employees debated whether the enterprise software startup should establish its headquarters in Seattle or nearby Bellevue.

Even though the five co-founders eventually settled on Bellevue, the location discussion continued on and off for years. But that talk ended long ago.

“There is no debate now,” said Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta, who lauded Bellevue’s downtown and livability. Plus, the tech exec delivers his staff a special perk seldom seen in Seattle: “I offer free parking to my employees,” he said with a laugh. “This is an amazing place.”


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