Fertile Ground for Smart Data
Who They Are & What They Do
eAlchemy builds custom software solutions that help businesses to effectively and efficiently use data to make better decisions. The company’s clients include Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses in many industries, including retail clothing and electronics.
By the Numbers
Founder Chris Farkas officially launched eAlchemy in 2009 from a home office in Petaluma. Since then, the company has added employees more than a dozen and moved into bigger office space three times—first to a conference room at a local co-working space, then to 1,000 square feet in the historic Mill Building, and most recently to a 2,000 square foot office in a renovated downtown Victorian era building.
eAlchemy’s software solutions have supported over one billion units sold over the last five years—highlighting opportunities for clients to improve their profits by tens of millions of dollars.
Farkas grew up in Rohnert Park, and then left the area for college and early career opportunities. He returned to Petaluma to raise a family and is delighted to be building his company here as well.
“Petaluma is more than just somewhere to live–it’s a vibrant community of people helping one another,” says Farkas. “I’m growing eAlchemy as an expression of those values.”
This approach makes all the difference when it comes to attracting top-tier employees, especially in the ultra-competitive San Francisco Bay Area job market.
“eAlchemy appeals to people who want a personal life as well as interesting work,” observes Farkas.
“They want employment that’s collaborative with their lifestyle—a place that offers challenging work along with the flexibility to pick up the kids from school or go for an afternoon bike ride. These people can be more challenging to find, but they’re more dedicated and less transient.”
Among the employee-friendly benefits at eAlchemy are team-building events, paid time for professional development and philanthropy, and really smart co-workers who also really care.
Notes Farkas, “Our community and our team are like Legos that fit together. We’re all trying to do well while also doing good.”