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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

November 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Innovation Summit: Isilon tripled, tech coalition formed

Isilon has nearly tripled its headcount and revenue has more than tripled in the two years since the Seattle data storage company was acquired by tech giant EMC.

The udpate was provided at the Technology Alliance’s Innovation Summit by Bill Richter, president of what’s now EMC’s Isilon Storage Division.

Richter said his division has expanded from 500 to 1,300 people, including 500 based here.

Isilon was presented as evidence of the success of Washington’s tech ecosystem. The company’s a “grandchild” of Microsoft, Richter said, explaining that it was started by veterans of RealNetworks which was started by a veteran of Microsoft.

Richter is the former chief financial officer of Isilon, which was started in 2001. It was sold in 2010 for $2.25 billion.

Isilon’s success story was the opening anecdote for Richter’s call for the tech industry to support a new lobbying coalition in Washington state that will push for education investments, incentives and a tech-friendly business climate.

Called the “Information Technology Coalition,” the new organization is an offshoot of the Washington Technology Industry Association. The coalition has raised more than $100,000 so far for lobbying efforts that will be managed by the WTIA.

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