If you were relieved by last year’s announcement that Amazon’s HQ2 would go elsewhere – along with its potential 50,000 employees over 15 years – know this: Expansion efforts by Amazon, Apple and Google could produce a near-equivalent wave of folks coming to Austin – and sooner than any HQ2.
The influx could come so quick, it surprised some of the tech companies’ own employees. Kristina Raspe, Apple’s vice president of global real estate, drew gasps in December when she announced a new North Austin campus would have its first employees within 36 months.
Apple is planning to bring 5,000 employees by the end of 2021. When complete by the middle of the next decade, the cam