Small Town, Big Tech: 11 Kirkland Tech Companies You Should Know

Kirkland’s tech companies lack the name recognition of other Puget Sound cities, and tend to work in the background as a foundational platform upon which more recognized brands are built. Here are tech companies doing business in the Eastside’s little beach town.

Written by Quinten Dol
Published on Aug. 29, 2023
Small Town, Big Tech: 11 Kirkland Tech Companies You Should Know
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Spread across a series of hills overlooking the northeastern shore of Lake Washington, Kirkland’s tech scene is often overshadowed by its neighbors on the Eastside and across Lake Washington. Still, there is plenty of innovation throughout the growing city, with a number of large construction projects looming over the eastern edge of downtown.

Where Is Kirkland?

First and foremost, Kirkland is a beach town. The city’s small downtown district and array of lakeside parks fill to bursting throughout the summer months, while nature reserves provide a tranquil home for beavers, otters, turtles and birds in the heart of a bustling urban landscape. Kirkland is bordered by State Route 520 in the south and hilly Saint Edward State Park in the north, stretching east for a mile or so past Interstate 405. Many of the companies featured here reside in office buildings speckled throughout the city, along with the swanky waterside development at Carillon Point.


Companies in Kirkland, WA

Some of Kirkland’s tech companies and startups lack the name recognition of other Puget Sound cities, and tend to work in the background as a foundational platform upon which more recognized brands are built. Here are 11 to keep an eye on.

Top Companies in Kirkland, WA

  • ServiceNow
  • Google Pivotal
  • Commware
  • Identity Digital
  • Nortal
  • GoDaddy
  • Wyze


ServiceNow’s suite of cloud-based solutions aim to maximize efficiency across IT, HR, security and customer service departments. The company was founded in San Diego, went public in 2012 and has its headquarters in Silicon Valley. ServiceNow opened its Carillon Point office in 2014. The company beat out Workday, Salesforce, Tesla, Amazon, Netflix and a bevy of other household names to become Forbes’ “World’s most innovative company” for 2018, and their client list includes the likes of GE Digital, Siemens and Magellan Health.


Google’s second Puget Sound base opened in 2016, a peaceful hillside campus bisected by the Cross Kirkland Corridor rail trail and a small community park. The campus features all the usual Google perks, including a kitchen producing free employee meals and beach volleyball courts accessible to the public. The site once housed a chemical plant, and underwent two separate environmental cleanups before construction began.


yze’s signature product, the Wyze Cam, was born when co-founder Dave Crosby wanted to stay in touch with his family while traveling for work. Crosby and his three co-founders are Amazon alumni, and founded Wyze to make smart home technology accessible for all. They’re off to a great start, too, with the Wyze Cam selling for just $20 and coming complete with an Alexa integration. The company keeps costs low by partnering with efficient manufacturers, selling directly from their own e-commerce website and aiming for quantity over high profit margins.


Identity Digital is a purveyor of fresh, relevant domain names that enable individuals and businesses to amplify their digital footprint. With premium domain names like “” and “,” It helps businesses — from real estate to restaurants — reach a much wider search audience. The company also provides other highly coveted TLDs like “.agency,” “.world,” “.business” and “.shopping”.


Pivotal Commware’s software-defined antennas leverage their Holographic Beam Forming technology to help network operators focus radio energy to devices as they move by maximizing spectrum efficiency, capacity and throughput, essentially beaming broadband at devices as they move through a landscape, paving the way for widespread 5G connectivity. The company says its technology outperforms competitors on the key metrics of cost, size, weight and power consumption, and is currently in the process of raising a $20 million Series B.


INRIX creates and leverages a range of technologies — like roadway analytics, GPS data and an extensive connected device traffic and parking network — to help their clients better understand the movement of people and vehicles. Those clients include governments, consultants, automakers and businesses from around the world. Their product offerings include a platform for cities to digitize their local road rules — which can vary between jurisdictions — in a way that autonomous vehicles can easily understand; a cloud-based analytics platform that allows users to access traffic data from around the globe; a suite of in-vehicle software solutions used by automakers to tailor their user experience; and a range of parking solutions to help reduce traffic, congestion and pollution in crowded cities.


Dev9 offers a range of cloud computing, software and digital transformation services to business clients. The company’s cloud architects are experts across most major cloud platforms, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform, while its software offerings focus on Java and JavaScript technologies. Dev9’s software development services are centered around continuous delivery, platform modernization and test automation, and the team specializes in building and simplifying content management and e-commerce systems. Dev9 was acquired by Estonian technology services provider Nortal earlier this month.


The back-and-forth of paying for a restaurant meal is a dance as old as time. The check arrives, the waiter discretely excuses himself while the diners debate the tip. Once they’ve settled on a fair figure, the check then waits until the server returns, performs some wizardry at the register, then returns with a smile and, at last, everyone can leave. TableSafe seeks to put an end to all that with RAIL, a handheld device that allows diners to pay and tip directly from the table and servers to spend their time on more productive tasks than ferrying slips of receipt paper back and forth.


Not only are they the world’s largest domain registrar, but GoDaddy is also the world’s largest cloud-based platform for small, independent ventures. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company hosts some 77 million domain names. Their Kirkland office opened in 2013, and comes complete with an Xbox lounge, a stocked bar and those trademark Carillon Point views over Lake Washington.


Adaptiva seeks to cut costs and simplify processes associated with enterprise IT management and security. It does this with a handful of groundbreaking tools, the first of which is called OneSite, a platform for distributing software across enterprise organizations from onsite or cloud-based servers. OneSite replaces the traditional “one-to-many” software distribution model — which can clog and overwhelm systems — with a peer-to-peer sharing pipeline. The company’s other main tool is Client Health, an endpoint security engine that comes with 75 automated pre-packaged checks for vulnerable points in an enterprise network, and can automatically diagnose and resolve a wide range of issues. The last is a program to provide enterprise networks with the products, tools and training needed to adopt Windows 10 at scale.


CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform provides analytics, intelligence and real-time protection for endpoints across enterprise systems. The company uses signature-less artificial intelligence algorithms and indicators of attack-based threat prevention, and can correlate over 78 billion security events worldwide per day to detect and prevent possible threats. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, CrowdStrike has raised almost $500 million in six rounds of funding since 2012.

This article was originally published in 2018.

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