Bridgestone’s plant in Belén de Heredia is focused on the production of tires for passenger vehicles, vans, and trucks for domestic and export markets and employs around 1,000 people. In addition to the tire plant, Bridgestone maintains the operation of its Bridgestone Business Services in Heredia with more than 500 employees; the Firestone Industrial Products manufacturing plant in Turrialba, which employs around 250 people; and a new business unit for trading activities that operates under the Free Trade Zone and employs around 100 people.
Arkose Labs Opens Office In San Jose
Drawn to Costa Rica’s strong pool of technology talent, Arkose Labs recently opened a new office in San Jose. The new location gives the California-based bot management and account security firm a strategic entry point from which it can service the broader Latin American market and customers globally.
“I am delighted to share the news that our Costa Rica office is up and running,” said Arkose Labs founder and CEO Kevin Gosschalk. “This office is a dedicated operations hub for our customer success, product, marketing and sales teams who, ultimately, focus daily on fortifying the online environments our customers create for their consumers. We’re hiring. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside experienced cybersecurity pros at the most recognized global brands in the world.”
Costa Rica is a natural choice to expand operations because of its proximity to the U.S. and the large pool of highly proficient professionals. The company expects to end 2022 with more than 30 employees in Costa Rica, focused on security operations, customer success, professional services, and business and technical operations.
“Costa Rica and I have a long-standing, personal connection,” said Arkose Labs Chief Customer Officer Patrice Boffa, who led the development of this office. “About a decade ago, I helped a tech company scale its local presence here from an employee count of 5 to 350. This past experience proved significantly helpful in quickly building a presence for Arkose Labs in Costa Rica, as did the familiarity with the country, its culture, and the education system.”
“Arkose Labs is one of the very few Silicon Valley startups with a presence in Costa Rica, which makes joining the local team very attractive,” commented Arkose Labs Director of Customer Success Candy Rivera. “The opportunity to use my experience and skill set to create a tangible impact in the way our organization operates and in the success of our customers, is a huge boost to my career and personal growth.”
Arkose Labs also has offices in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia and London, UK.