The 3-minute interview with Aber Whitcomb

Whitcomb is the chief technology officer of social-networking giant MySpace.com. The Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is holding a party today to celebrate its new San Francisco offices. MySpace is planning to move into The City this week and will hire as many 200 employees over the next few years.

Why is MySpace opening a San Francisco office? MySpace has some of the toughest technical problems because of our scale, so we’re looking for some of the top engineers in the world and a lot of them are in San Francisco. A lot of the engineers I talked to really prefer working in The City.

Where is the new office? In SoMa, Second and Brannan.

Can you tell me about your celebratory party? Who’s invited? The party is after [the] Web 2.0 [conference]. I’ll be giving a technical talk. The party is at the Museum of Modern Art at 9:30 p.m. It’s mainly leaders in the industry from all over the country, but primarily in the Bay Area.

How big is the office? The office will be able to handle 200 people. We intend to have about 50 engineers in the next few months and scaling that up to 200 in the next few years.

What types of employees are you hiring for the new office? It will primarily be developers, but there will also be representatives from our product team and from our sales team.

What are some technical projects MySpace is working on now? What I can say is that a lot of these engineers will be working on a lot of new features on the front end. A huge site redesign … there will be a lot of new features on the site.


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