Last April, Steve Lucas walked into Marketo’s new temporary space in the Denver City Center and saw the head of human resources sitting at a desk next to the company’s only other Denver employee. “They were at two desks and that was it, just staring at each other,” said Lucas, who became CEO of the San Mateo, Calif.-based marketing technology company in November 2016. “I just went ‘OK, we can do this.’ We were hoping to get up to 150 employees by the end of the year.” Fast forward only nine months, and Marketo is now on two floors, which its nearly 200 employees moved into over the past two months. The company is adding engineers in Denver. And by the end of next year, it plans to expand to another two floors and more than double its staff to 500 people, making it the same size as its Silicon Valley headquarters. Lucas — a University of Colorado graduate and longtime Colorado resident who is entrenched in the local tech scene and sat on the board of SendGrid before joining Marketo — will work from Denver. Silicon Valley’s Marketo plants office in Denver to help develop marketing messages people want to hear

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