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December 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Seattle-based Opscode is getting a boost in the race to provide new tools for companies modernizing their tech infrastructure.
November 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Every time I check my email lately there’s another tech company expanding and hiring a bunch of people in Seattle.
Here’s a batch of announcements I’ve received in the last few days:
November 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM
You can tell it’s the silly season when the race for Seattle mayor veers into technology questions a few days before the election.
October 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Seattle should be the crossroads between the U.S. and Asia and encourage more Asian companies to establish U.S. headquarters in the area, according to Microsoft’s top lawyer.
September 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Here’s a video of Allen (in red shirt) and his band, the Underthinkers, who released an album earlier this summer. They’re playing at the event Friday night at the Pacific Science Center.
If the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl, perhaps the Underthinkers should be part of the halftime show.
August 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Bumbershoot isn’t the only outrageously huge entertainment event happening in Seattle this weekend.
August 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Microsoft isn’t the only area software company undergoing a change at the top.
Longtime Seattle tech leader Mitch Hill has resigned as chief executive of Opscode, two years after taking the helm of the enterprise software startup.
Hill stepped down last week to devote his full attention to fighting an illness that he’s been battling.
Barry Crist, the company’s vice president of enterprise, was named chief executive and chairman. Crist (left) joined the company five months ago after working as an entrepreneur in residence at Ignition Partners, the Bellevue-based venture firm backing Opscode.
“We kind of lucked out on that front,” said Ignition’s John Connors. “Usually at this stage of company you don’t have an internal person who is an experienced, CEO-caliber person.”
Crist began his tech career at Apple, working his way up from tech support. Later he was a vice president at Mercury Interactive, an enterprise software firm that spawned several area tech executives after it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006. Crist went on to become chief executive of Likewise, a Bellevue enterprise storage venture acquired by EMC Isilon last year.
Hill was the founding chief executive of Avanade, a Seattle-based consulting firm started in 2000 by Microsoft and Accenture. Before that he spent two decades at Accenture, eventually managing its tech business in the Western U.S.
Hill left Opscode in good standing. The 5-year-old company has moved from primarily serving smaller tech operations to mostly serving Fortune 1000 companies, which use its Chef platform to automate their server infrastructure. Its blue-chip clients include GE, Nordstrom, Target, Boeing and Disney. It’s also working with pretty much every major cloud services vendor to develop its platform.
“We feel great about where we’re at,” Hill said. “Opscode is at a completely different place than it was a couple of year ago in terms of the maturity of the product.”
Crist said Opscode is expected to double sales this year and next and will probably double its headcount over the next year. It now has just more than 100 employees and has outgrown its Pioneer Square office. It may relocate to a larger space in early 2014.
August 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM
Microsoft’s loss may be Seattle basketball fans’ gain.
Steve Ballmer’s going to need to do something in his retirement besides mow the lawn at his Hunts Point mansion. He’s also clearly been bitten by the pro sports bug, after nearly winning an NBA franchise for Seattle over the last year.
August 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Big Fish Games — one of Seattle’s leading game companies and larger tech employers — is undergoing a major restructuring, laying off 49 people at its headquarters and closing its European headquarters in Ireland, which had 89 employees.
August 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Seattle’s elegant symphony hall has been converted into a remarkable stadium for ”The International,” a global video-game showdown with more than $2.8 million on the line.
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