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Growing tech company to open up shop in Schenectady

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An exciting announcement Thursday morning in Schenectady. The New York City-based Quirky will be opening an office in Center City, and plans to hire 180 people. Barry Wygel spoke with the CEO of the company to see just what his plans are.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- For elected officials this is the type of news they love to give.

"It's bringing young, well educated, energetic people to downtown and into the region, so we are excited about it," said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

A massive crowd on hand Thursday morning as Schenectady officials announced Quirky, a New York City based company, is opening an office downtown.

"Our goal is plain and simple. It's to make invention accessible," said Ben Kaufman, CEO and founder of Quirky.

Want-to-be inventors can pitch their product to Quirky, and the company will help craft a prototype and get it on shelves. The new Schenectady office will have two functions, one being customer service.

"Also, we're going to use it as the main quality assurance lab for every single quirky product, three per week," said Kaufman.

When the company begins working here on May 1, they hope to have 20 employees here and they hope that number grows to about 180 in just a couple years.

"The types of people we are looking for are well-spoken folks that can think on their feet, troubleshoot people's dilemmas," said Kaufman.

And if you decide you want to pitch a product to the company, you may not be alone.

"I was just talking to my colleague, the chair of the county legislature, we may have to come up with some ideas," said McCarthy.

The new location will also help Quirky continue its partnership with GE, which now just happens to be a couple blocks away.

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