Over the last couple of years, West Virginia has seen steady growth in technology companies calling the Mountain State home, creating a new kind of Mountaineer explorer.
Most recently, Boston-based DataRobot announced an expansion into West Virginia. The “Augmented Intelligence” company is opening an office at Vantage Ventures in Morgantown.
In a phone interview, DataRobot CEO Dan Wright said he was convinced to open a DataRobot office in West Virginia after conversations with John Chambers, the former chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems and the namesake for the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.
Vantage Venture, which also grew out of conversations with Chambers, is a business and technology incubator designed to foster entrepreneurs and innovators. The organization works to recruit talent and businesses, such as DataRobot.
“John obviously is from West Virginia,” Wright said. “He’s a big, big advocate for the state and we were catching up and he told me about the opportunity that he saw with West Virginia to create a real hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.”
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