July 22, 2015
Culture, Capacity And Craftsmanship: How To Hire For A Startup
There’s a lot of glory and fun when you’re immersed in the startup experience. Building a team from scratch usually means that everything is fresh and unwritten. Joining a new venture to do something that’s never been done before is exhilarating. And having an impact…
July 01, 2015
100 Best Companies to Work For 2015
Seattle Business magazine honored its 100 Best Companies to Work For at an awards dinner on July 1, 2015, at the Washington State Convention Center. The winners, hailing from cities all across the state of Washington, were chosen based on extensive confidential surveys completed by employees.
March 16, 2015
Seattle's Best Places to Work 2015
The Swingerators are the first thing to greet visitors to the lobby of Ivy Softworks, but they’re more than toys to the employees. The wood swings, made from old bleacher seats, would be at home in a playground, but ...
January 27, 2015
Catching up with Brian Valentine, former Windows and Amazon engineering chief
Brian Valentine was a legendary figure inside Microsoft, as the executive leading the engineering teams for the Windows 2000 and Windows XP releases. He left in 2006 to work as a senior executive at Amazon, and has since...
January 24, 2015
Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter and tech vet Brian Valentine on their new venture
Is there a better way to start and grow startups, and keep the founding team together for the long haul? Our guests on the GeekWire radio show are two well-known members of the tech community who are tackling that challenge.
October 13, 2014
Interview with Bay Area Ventures
Jordan Ritter and Brian Valentine discuss the Innovation Studio on Wharton Business Radio.
October 2, 2014
Former Microsoft and Amazon executive Brian Valentine talks about his new role at Ivy Softworks
For decades, Brian Valentine led big projects at big companies. At Microsoft, where he worked from 1987 to 2006, Valentine led the Exchange, Windows XP and Windows 2000 teams. At Amazon.com, where he…
October 1, 2014
The anti-startup: Former Amazon exec, Napster co-founder try new way to start a company
Jordan Ritter's least-favorite part about running a startup is losing the team he put so much effort into carefully building and growing. The company gets bigger, it goes under, it gets acquired, whatever the…
September 30, 2014
Ex-Microsoft and Amazon exec Brian Valentine joins stealthy startup incubator led by Napster co-founder
Brian Valentine, a former Microsoft exec who most recently served as senior vice president of Amazon.com’s e-commerce platform, has joined Ivy Softworks as a managing principal.
September 30, 2014
Seattle Start-Up Factory Hires Former Amazon and Microsoft Executive
Ivy Softworks is a new start-up factory that has devised what its founder says is a better way to create tech companies. Now the plan has attracted Brian Valentine, a prominent engineer and executive who worked for years at Microsoft and Amazon.
May 29, 2014
Napster co-founder emerges in Seattle with stealth ‘innovation studio,’ calls Silicon Valley unhealthy
Jordan Ritter grew up as an only child, never really putting down roots as his family moved between California, Texas and Florida. That nomadic and sometimes lonely experience impacted Ritter in his later years as...