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September 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Seattle startup with Microsoft ties invents automatic brewing machine

If you were one of the top guys who spent much of the 2000s trying to get Microsoft to develop tablet computers, you might be ready for a drink.

Or two.

Fortunately, that guy — Bill Mitchell — has figured out how to easily produce a never-ending supply of absolutely top-notch beer, in any style and flavor you can imagine.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.

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August 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Opscode promotes Crist to CEO, expects sales to double

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…

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