Sil­i­con Val­ley giants are set­ting up shop in Toronto

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Okta

The com­pany: A cloud-based iden­ti­fi­ca­tion soft­ware that al­lows scat­ter­brained mul­ti­taskers to se­curely log into all of their plat­forms with just one pass­word.

The place: A 7,500-square­foot of­fice in an old tex­tiles build­ing at Queen and John. The sTaff: 60 peo­ple. The perks: The of­fice has Ping-Pong ta­bles, beer on tap and video games. Em­ploy­ees can work from home every Thurs­day and feast on comped catered lunches three days a week.

Slack

The com­pany: A web-based plat­form where col­leagues can talk and brain­storm.

The place: A three-storey, 22,000-square-foot com­plex in a for­mer knit­ting fac­tory at Queen and John.

The sTaff: 20 peo­ple, with plans to hire 125 more em­ploy­ees this year.

The perks: Staff get weekly mas­sage ther­apy, sub­si­dized monthly gym mem­ber­ships and up to $2,500 per year to spend on pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. Every af­ter­noon, a gong sounds to sig­nal that it’s time for a cof­fee break.

Ama­zon

The com­pany: The global mar­ket­place for ev­ery­thing from dog toys to dystopian YA nov­els.

The place: Five glit­ter­ing storeys of water­front of­fice space at 120 Brem­ner. The decor is quintessen­tially Cana­dian, with a mas­sive wooden moose sculp­ture and hall­ways lined with vintage Toronto maps. The sTaff: 600 peo­ple. The perks: All of the glass walls are writable.

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The com­pany: The mam­moth in­for­ma­tion and me­dia con­glom­er­ate chaired by Toronto bil­lion­aire David Thom­son.

The place: A 50,000-square­foot tech­nol­ogy cen­tre in the South Core de­voted to cog­ni­tive com­put­ing and cloud devel­op­ment.

The sTaff: 400 peo­ple, with plans to hire 800 more in the next few years.

The perks: The airy, open­con­cept space has floor-to­ceil­ing lake­front views, a staff lounge, a fully stocked games room and a life­time sup­ply of Diet Coke.

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