US Embassy Officials Visit New Tbilisi-Based Operations of US Company “Shift Auto” (October 29)

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Shift Auto, an American company that has built a new marketplace for buying and selling used cars, opened an office in Tbilisi to support its rapidly growing U.S.-based operation.  An example of the new IT-based economy in the U.S. creating opportunities in Georgia, Shift currently employs 101 people in Tbilisi, and founder George Arison says the number could soon double.  Along with new job opportunities, Shift has brought with it the culture of so many cutting-edge IT companies coming from the Silicon Valley – a casual dress code, open office layouts, and an emphasis on youth.   With Shift Tbilisi’s success and the rising costs in other locations, Shift says Tbilisi is catching the eye of an increasing number of IT professionals in Silicon Valley.