Here’s a new way to get a plum job in the software business: Fly a company founder to space and back, twice.
That’s how Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Virginia-based space tourism company Space Adventures, got to know software pioneer and Microsoft veteran Charles Simonyi.
Anderson’s venture flew Simonyi to the International Space Station in 2007 and 2009.
Today Simonyi announced that he’s hired Anderson (pictured) as president of Intentional Software, a Bellevue company that Simonyi started in 2002. Intentional is developing a new approach to developing software that presents the designer’s intent in the code.
Intentional’s release said Anderson, “who pioneered and was the first to monetize the business of human spaceflight, has responsibility for bringing Intentional’s transformative technology to the worldwide marketplace.”
Simonyi said in the release that Anderson is “one of very few who can take futuristic ideas and make them real.” The rest of his quote:
“I founded Intentional Software with the idea of transforming the way software is built and knowledge is used, by allowing the true intentions of today’s knowledge workers and business experts to be precisely expressed in the software they need. This remains an audacious goal, and the magnitude of its difficulty is exceeded only by its importance to the future. Software as we know it is the bottleneck in the digital horn of plenty. With Eric joining me in our business, I am confident that Intentional will unstop the bottleneck and change the world.”
Anderson, 36, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with degrees in aerospace engineering and computer science. He was named a 2010 Ernst & Young “entrepreneur of the year.”
He’s moving from Virginia to the Seattle area, where he’ll be leading about 20 employees at Intentional.