Software company plugs in downtown, basketball hoop included

From left: AvePoint CTO Dux Raymond Sy, Mayor Levar Stoney and AvePoint general counsel Brian Brown. (Mike Platania)

From left: AvePoint CTO Dux Raymond Sy, Mayor Levar Stoney and AvePoint general counsel Brian Brown. (Mike Platania)

A new-to-Richmond tech firm unveiled its downtown office this week, doing its best to conjure a Silicon Valley aesthetic along the James River.

New Jersey-based AvePoint, a software company specializing in Microsoft Cloud services, cut the ribbon on its new 12,000-square-foot office on the ninth floor of Riverfront Plaza.

AvePoint general counsel Brian Brown said the company spent nearly $1 million to outfit the space, which was designed by Baskervill.

The new digs come complete with a basketball hoop, ping-pong table, gaming consoles and yoga studio. The center of the office features a mural by local artist Earl Mack.

Brown said AvePoint is “doubling down on Richmond” and plans to expand into the remaining 30,000 square feet on the ninth floor of the Plaza, which will house its operational headquarters.

Baskervill designed the 12,000-square-foot AvePoint office. (Mike Platania)

Baskervill designed the 12,000-square-foot AvePoint office. (Mike Platania)

AvePoint had a goal of adding 100 jobs within a year of opening the new office. Brown said it has hit 70, and will reach 100 by July, plus an additional 100 with the incoming operational headquarters.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Lieutenant Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam also attended.

“We need special businesses like AvePoint here in Richmond … I want to create a technology hub here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, right here in Richmond,” Stoney said to the crowd.

“I hope you become a lynchpin for tech in Richmond. And yes, that is a wink-wink to our friends at Microsoft who are here,” Stoney joked.

Brown also announced that AvePoint is donating $1 million in software to the City of Richmond. Dubbed AvePoint Citizen Services, the new tech allows citizens to report things like broken streetlights to the city through a mobile app.

AvePoint announced in early 2016 it would open a new Richmond office, and announced its formal plans late last year.

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