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BuzzFeed Opens Minneapolis Engineering Office With Talent Acquisition Of Mobile And Web Development Company Hyper IQ

Company plans to hire 30 engineers to propel BuzzFeed’s mobile app expansion

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New York, December 17, 2014 — BuzzFeed announced today the talent acquisition of Minneapolis-based mobile and web applications development company, Hyper IQ. Joining to grow mobile technology at BuzzFeed, the Hyper IQ team will be the first employees in the new Minneapolis office focused on engineering. Hyper IQ's team of 7 employees including President Phil Wilson will recruit and expand the team to 30 engineers working on iOS, Android, full stack, front end, and QA. Furthering its ongoing plans to incubate and acquire new technologies, this talent acquisition will kickstart the company's mobile app product offerings in new verticals including news and video.

"We're excited for the team from Hyper IQ to join us to help scale our aggressive mobile development plans in news, video and more in 2015," said Ryan Johnson BuzzFeed's VP of Mobile.

BuzzFeed will foster economic growth and innovation in Minneapolis by recruiting some of the best iOS, Android, full stack, front end and QA talent in the Twin Cities.

Hyper IQ Co-Founder and President, Phil Wilson, noted: "we're thrilled to be part of BuzzFeed's plans to build a technology presence in the Twin Cities. More importantly, like so many technology leaders, BuzzFeed recognizes the wealth of top flight talent in Minnesota and can't wait to be a destination for all that talent to flourish."

BuzzFeed will not be disclosing financial details of the deal.

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Contact:

Christina DiRusso

Senior Communications Manager

christina.dirusso@buzzfeed.com

914-646-7078

About BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 200M.

About Hyper IQ

Founded in the summer of 2014 by Phil Wilson, Graham Wood and Josh Walker, Hyper IQ is a mobile and related web development company serving clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Its headquarters and dedicated team are based at CoCo, a collaborative workspace in the historic Grain Exchange building in downtown Minneapolis.

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