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MetaCommunications opens Texas office

Software firm looks to accelerate growth

MetaCommunications in downtown Iowa City. (Brian Morelli/The Gazette)
MetaCommunications in downtown Iowa City. (Brian Morelli/The Gazette)

An Iowa City software company is looking to accelerate its growth by opening a sales office in Austin, Texas.

Mata Communications develops and markets productivity and workflow software for creative and marketing teams. The company expects to initially hire five people by the end of February, with the workforce expanding to 10 by the end of 2016.

“With its thriving tech scene and well-known creative culture, Austin is a great place for us to be,” said Bob Long, CEO of Meta in a news release. “We’re thrilled to be joining the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook by expanding Meta’s footprint there.”

Meta, founded in 1991, also has satellite offices in Prague, Czech Republic, and St. Petersburg, Russia,a s well as a customer support office in New York City. The company’s flagship product, Workgroups DaVinci, is an award-winning all-in-one software solution used by thousands of businesses.

Chief Sales Officer Chris Turnley will direct the Austin office, which Long said will pay dividends in Iowa.

“The revenue we expect to generate from this new sales office will pave the way to expand operations locally and continue to invest in growing our brand as a Midwest tech leader,” he said.

In September, Meta closed an $8 million Series A round of funding led by Des Moines-based Next Level Ventures and St. Martin Land Company, a Cedar Rapids-based investment firm. The investment was the largest to date for Next Level Ventures.

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The Iowa City company’s products are used by more than 3,000 customers, including Allstate, American Airlines, Crate & Barrel, Eddie Bauer, IKEA, Pfizer, Sony and 3M.

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