Japan’s Softbank is aggressively expanding a newly opened office in Brickell which oversees the company’s Latin America investments.
The company opened an office at 600 Brickell in June, and has already filled a full floor there with employees. A second and third floor may soon be needed, SoftBank Group International CEO Marcelo Claure told the Herald.
In total, the company wants to hire up to 100 employees in Brickell, Claure said.
Most of the employees will be high-pay workers, including investments managers and tech professionals who will help manage Softbank investments in Latin America.
The type of workers being targeted by Softbank for Miami are difficult to recruit – even though Miami has the advantage of being in a beautiful location, according to Claure. The company’s strategy is to make offers to students a year before they graduate.
Some of the Softbank investments that are being overseen from Brickell include a delivery startup in Colombia called Rappi and a Brazilian fitness startup called Gympass. Existing Softbank investments including Wework and Uber are also being overseen from Brickell.
Claure splits his time between Tokyo and Miami, where he has a home.