Moving Menlo Technologies Inc. from Santa Clara to downtown Los Altos has enabled CEO and founder Gary Prioste to shorten his commute and expand his company.
“I can’t say it’s centrally located for all of our employees – a lot of them are in the South Bay or Santa Cruz,” said the Menlo Park resident, who grew up in Los Altos. “But for a few of us living farther up north, this is a better location.”
Menlo Technologies opened Nov. 15 on Whitney Street in a building with more space (3,000 square feet) and room to grow. The company’s global staff count is approximately 200 – which includes offices in India, South America and Washington, D.C. – and Prioste said he plans to hire up to 10 more employees for the Los Altos office in 2019.
Another advantage to moving to Los Altos, according to Prioste, is the downtown’s ambience.
“A lot of the time our clients come into the office,” he said. “We love the availability of restaurants, bars and coffee shops here.”
Prioste launched Menlo Technologies in 2010, a global computer technology services company that specializes in cloud integration, data analytics and mobile technology. In short, it’s a business-to-business company, managing information and strategy optimization for startups and businesses looking for internal growth. In a way, Prioste’s company is the guinea pig for his product, ensuring that employees at his four locations are integrated and informed.
“To work with these individuals who are part of our team spread out globally creates challenges like communication,” he said. “But we have a lot of collaboration tools that we use in-house to help bring the team together and get the most productivity.”
This is the fourth company Prioste has launched since the late 1980s. When asked if he was going to venture off to start another one, he responded: “This is it!”
With eight years tied to Menlo Technologies and a recorded 100 percent increase in revenue in the last year, it’s understandable. He has found his ground.
That ground now includes Los Altos – the place he grew up. Prioste graduated from St. Simon School and St. Francis High School. He entered the working world at age 11 as a paper boy for the Town Crier in the 1970s. Prioste recalled making $2.50 an hour, which kick-started his savings.
He left Los Altos for college – first to Cal State Hayward, where he earned a degree in sociology, then to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business after a stint working at Citibank.
“I’m personally really happy to be back in Los Altos,” Prioste said. “I’ve always loved Los Altos and am happy to be here to support the local economy.”
Menlo Technologies is located at 30 Whitney St., Suite 1. For more information, visit menlo-technologies.com.