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01.29.10

Marketfish Gets CTO from Microsoft, Update on Microsoft-Filled Juniper

Posted in Marketing, Microsoft at 10:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Andrew Thomas (the Microsoft employee, not the TG Daily shill) is joining Marketfish

SEVERAL days ago we wrote about the impact of Microsoft implosion on other companies. People with loyalty to Microsoft are joining other companies and the latest example is Marketfish, which hires Andrew Thomas (not to be confused with the rude Microsoft shill who is also called Andrew Thomas). TechFlash writes:

We’ve been intrigued by the flow of aQuantive talent out of Microsoft over the past few months — tracking folks such as Brian McAndrews, Karl Siebrecht, Brent Turner and others as they land new gigs at companies around the Seattle area. Now, tiny Marketfish has hooked a former aQuantive manager who comes to the Seattle startup via Microsoft.

Andrew Thomas, who served as software development director at aQuantive for more than a decade, has joined Marketfish as chief technology officer. Thomas joined Microsoft after it acquired aQuantive in a $6 billion deal more than two years ago, managing the development of reporting applications across the Microsoft ad platform.

We wrote about McAndrews [1, 2, 3, 4] and Siebrecht [1, 2] before. In their defense, they didn’t quite choose to work for the convicted monopolist, they were paid a lot of money be acquired and they fled Microsoft not so long afterwards. Still, their obligations to their former employer may lead companies they join to striking advertising deals with Microsoft.

Another company to watch out for is Juniper, which keeps getting filled with former Microsoft executives [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. It is somewhat weird seeing longtime Microsoft executives speaking about the company’s results in yesterday’s news (Juniper's CEO is Microsoft's Kevin Johnson).

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