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Silicon Valley startup expanding into Louisiana

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A business software outsourcing startup based in Milpitas, California, plans to open a tech center in Louisiana this summer.

Salaries will average $64,300 a year at the first offices outside Silicon Valley for Enquero Inc., Gov. Bobby Jindal told a news conference Monday in Lafayette.

Hemant Asher said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he and two other men incorporated Enquero four months ago, after about a year of planning, and expect to begin hiring "around September."

He would not say how many employees work in California except that the number is "in the double digits" and growing rapidly.

Asher said he and co-founders, Kabir Singh and Arvinder Pal Singh, had worked together for years for Infosys, India's second-largest technology outsourcer, and each has 20 years of experience in the business.

Enquero expects to have 350 employees in Lafayette by the end of 2017, Jindal said in a news release.

Enquero will start out by subleasing about 2,200 square feet from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority through Lafayette's business accelerator and incubator, The Opportunity Machine. The one-year sublease will include options for three one-year renewals.

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