ActiveState Building Critical Mass

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – June 19, 2000 – ActiveState, a leading supplier of Internet programming software and services, has substantially increased its staff. The company has attracted top talent from across North America and Europe including: new senior management, development and marketing team members, as well as the appointment of Dr. Paul Kedrosky to the Board of Directors.

“I’m delighted to have Paul join the Board, given his substantive background in the technology business”, said Dick Hardt, CEO, ActiveState. “And with the addition of Gisle Aas, Eric Promislow and Greg Stein, we have really fleshed out our development resources. I feel lucky to work with such bright people.”

“I look forward to helping Dick and his team at ActiveState in the company’s rapid growth”, said Dr. Kedrosky. “ActiveState is at the technology sweet spot, with tools that promise to make Internet application development simpler, faster, and more cost-effective.”

ActiveState’s new board member, Dr. Paul Kedrosky, is a Professor of Technology and Strategy at UBC. He is also a technology columnist for the National Post and regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Economist, Industry Standard and Forbes. Paul is a former VP and equity analyst with HSBC Securities. ActiveState’s new VP Operations, Steve Munford is putting the necessary infrastructure in place to support ActiveState’s rapid growth. He is former CIO/VP Operations of Seanix, where he helped grow the company to become the largest PC manufacturer in Canada. Top Perl and Python developers joining ActiveState include:

  • Gisle Aas comes to ActiveState from Norway and is one of the core Perl developers;
  • Eric Promislow joins ActiveState from OmniMark Technologies in Ottawa, Ontario;
  • Greg Stein is a senior Python developer, who will be working out of Palo Alto, CA.

Other new Activators contributing to the local tech ‘brain gain’ are: Andy McKay from England, Dmitry Samosseiko from Russia, Victor Sira from Venezuela, and Adam Turoff from Pennsylvania.

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