Grammarly the newest Bay Area company to set sights on Vancouver


San Francisco-based Grammarly, which has developed an AI-powered digital writing assistant, is opening its newest office in Vancouver. The office will be Grammarly’s fourth and will be dedicated to expanding Grammarly’s team.

“I’ve seen Vancouver’s technology scene develop at an inspiring pace.”
– Max Lytvyn, Grammarly

Grammarly, whose digital writing assistant aimed at helping English speakers write more clearly and effectively, said it chose Vancouver because BC’s tech scene offers a strong pool of talent that continues to grow. The company said it plans to explore opportunities within the city to continue building its culture and adding new key hires.

“Living in Vancouver while developing a company in multiple locations around the world has been a pleasure,” said Grammarly co-founder Max Lytvyn, who has long been based in the city. “I’ve seen Vancouver’s technology scene develop at an inspiring pace and am delighted to have the opportunity to expand our team in this amazing city.”

Grammarly’s product can be accessed across multiple platforms and devices, it uses natural language processing to improve the grammar and clarity of emails, messages, posts, and documents. The company’s other office locations include San Francisco, New York, and Kyiv.

Vancouver has recently become a magnet for Bay Area giants looking to expand outside US borders. Some of its biggest include Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, which opened offices in 2016, bringing thousands of new technical jobs with it. The city is also home to local success stories and unicorns like Hootsuite, Avigilon, and Slack, which itself has seen a great deal of success in the Valley, moving its headquarter base to San Francisco in 2017.

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“Vancouver is home to many innovative companies, and today we’re thrilled to officially add Grammarly to the list,” says Lytvyn. “The opening of Grammarly’s Vancouver office will offer the chance to expand our team and bolster our efforts to improve the way people communicate around the world. We’re eager to continue growing our company’s momentum by joining this vibrant tech community.”

While the talent is there, thanks in part to programs like the Global Talent Stream, the tech ecosystem in Vancouver has recently found itself in decline, falling nine points over two years in Startup Genome’s ecosystem rankings. Events like Traction Conference, which took place last month, seek to bolster the city’s reputation as a tech hub, by connecting Vancouver startups with the know-how of Silicon Valley veterans.

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Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle is a Vancouver-based writer with 5+ years of experience in communications and journalism and a lifelong passion for telling stories. For over two years, she has reported on all sides of the Canadian startup ecosystem, from landmark venture deals to public policy, telling the stories of the founders putting Canadian tech on the map.

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