Software Company Acquisitions Fuel Saratoga’s Strong Tech Presence

Jul 19th, 2018

Standing on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York there are ample reminders that horse racing largely defines this quaint town. What you may not realize is that there is a burgeoning software technology scene that has produced a string of recent acquisitions and a merger.

Chris Thompson, Co-Founder of the New York Tech Loop and Founder of WorkOrder.es, is proud to know several fellow software tech entrepreneurs in Saratoga who have had their businesses acquired. “People are very approachable in the Saratoga tech scene -- it's not giant. We all know each other,” Thompson explains.

The Spa City’s first software acquisition happened in 2015 when Time Inc. purchased SportsSignup, which provides online management solutions for youth sports leagues. SportsSignup was founded in 2003 by John Haller, who was also the Co-Founder of MapInfo (located in North Greenbush), which was acquired by PitneyBowes.


In 2017, Informz, a leading email service provider for associations and non-profits became the next success story when it was acquired by Higher Logic, a leader in cloud-based community platforms. Informz was founded in 1997 by then-CEO Joe Tyler. Located above the Bow Tie Cinema in downtown Saratoga Springs on Railroad Avenue, you can occasionally feel vibrations in the Informz suite coming from the movies being played in the theaters directly below. 


Just a few blocks away from Informz on Federal Street is Happy Software, a provider of property management solutions for more than 465 U.S. public housing authorities. The company was founded in 1997 by then-CEO Joe Mastrianni. In March of 2018, MRI Software, a leader in real estate solutions, acquired Happy Software to more effectively manage tasks such as applicant tracking, tenant screening, and online payments. 


Recently, Saratoga-based gaming company MadGlory merged with Seoul, Korea-based company PUBG Corporation, which focuses solely on the development and business opportunities for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a popular video game with millions of fans worldwide. 


The agreement with MadGlory will enable the business to offer powerful network features for PUBG like matchmaking and game chat. MadGlory was launched by CEO Brian Corrigan in 2012. 


“MadGlory is doing the same thing they did before, but on a larger scale. That's a success in itself,“ says Thompson.

And now Chris Thompson can add WorkOrder.es as the most recent software company in Saratoga to join the towns' growing list of software acquisitions. WorkOrder.es is a mobile ticketing platform that seamlessly connects landlords to contractors. The company was acquired by Bixby, a leading provider of digital tenant and resident management solutions.


Sure, Saratoga is known for its world-class horse racing and fine dining, but the software technology scene here is clearly stronger than ever. In a city consistently recognized as being one of the top places in the country to live, it’s no wonder the area is a hub for entrepreneurs and software professionals who are looking to grow in their careers. 

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