Today, the entire Twistlock Team is thrilled to announce the unveiling of a new office in Baton Rouge, LA. This addition brings our total number of offices up to 5, including already established headquarters in Portland, Oregon and additional operations in New York, London, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The new Baton Rouge office, which is distinguished by a partnership with LSU’s Innovation Park enables direct connections to LSU’s Information Systems and Computer Science programs, and has a special significance for our Louisiana born-and-raised CTO, John Morello, who shares his take on the new office here.

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Why Louisiana?

I was born in Louisiana, grew up here, and have spent most of my life here. I have family roots that go back to the original Acadian farmers and to the Sicilian lumberjacks that came here hundreds of years ago. I’ve watched countless sunrises in the bayous and marshes with a rod or shotgun in hand. As I’ve worked all over the world, I’ve always found Louisiana to be a special place – imperfect, but beautiful and unique.

Today we announced that Baton Rouge would be the home of our new Global Solution Engineering Center – the teams that help customers around the world plan, deploy, and integrate Twistlock into their environments. This was one of the proudest Twistlock moments for me but we chose this state not for personal pride or preference but because we can build a truly great engineering capacity here with smart, hard working people. Within the tech world, we have a tendency to assume that certain places like the Bay Area or Seattle have a monopoly on talent but the reality is that there are great people all over the world and there’s competitive advantage to be had by cultivating these opportunities outside the typical hubs.

Louisiana has long had a strong engineering culture – there are few places in the world with a greater number of chemical and petroleum engineers per capita – but in recent years the state has expanded its digital capabilities as well. From the new IBM and DXC campuses in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, to the CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe, we have a growing base of cloud jobs in places with great people, culture, and quality of life.

Tapping into the Future of Cloud and Cybersecurity Talent via LSU Innovation Park

One of the real differentiators for us was the partnership we’ve developed with LSU. LSU’s Innovation Park provides a great facility for us to operate from but more important are the direct connections to LSU’s Information Systems and Computer Science programs. In addition to hiring experienced local talent, these connections are helping us create a pipeline of new graduates with cloud and cyber skills that can help us grow and deliver great customer experiences.

We’re proud to now call Louisiana one of our homes and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to build something special here.

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