San Francisco startup Womply plans to double Portland outpost (OREGON LIVE)

OREGON LIVE: San Francisco startup Womply plans to double Portland outpost

Womply, a San Francisco startup that helps small retailers and service businesses manage their marketing, plans to double the size of its small Portland outpost in 2017 after raising $30 million in new funding last month.

The five-year-old company has now raised $50 million altogether. Womply employs 20 in an office on Portland's downtown transit mall, plus 70 at its San Francisco headquarters. It has another 70 workers at a sales office in Utah, where it is slated to expand to 175 with the help of local subsidies.

The Portland office focuses on product management, software engineering and project management, according to Nathan Scripps, Womply's director of special projects.

"The combination of a vibrant local community and top-tier talent make Portland an ideal fit for Womply," Scripps wrote in an email.

Oregon has no large tech companies of its own but its comparatively low operating costs have attracted substantial outposts from many of out-of-state companies, including Intel, New Relic, eBay, Airbnb, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Salesforce and Amazon.

Portland has recently become a destination for younger tech and service businesses, too. Like the big companies, they're looking to avoid the expense and intense competition for workers they would endure in the Bay Area or other large markets.

Companies with newer outposts include online security company Cylance, marketing software company Showpad, small-business accounting specialist inDinero, Danish accounting software company Billy, and ticket search aggregator SeatGeek.