GeekWork: Great jobs at F5, Zillow, Avalara, and more

F5 Networks is a quiet tech giant, but many of us rely on its infrastructure every day. The company, which helps online services and cloud applications run smoothly, employs over 3,300 people, pulls in $1.5 billion in annual revenue and has a market value of more than $8.6 billion. Despite competition from cloud services, F5 is going strong,… Read More


Former F5 Networks and Isilon technology executive Brett Helsel passes away at the age of 54

Brett Helsel, who played a key role in shaping the Seattle technology community through senior engineering roles at F5 Networks and Isilon Systems, died last week after suffering a cardiac arrest while paddle boarding on Lake Washington. He was 54. Three teenage girls recovered Helsel from the water, administered CPR and called 911. Helsel was… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Behind the scenes of the Internet with F5 CEO John McAdam

One of the largest tech companies in the Seattle region is one you don’t often hear about: F5 Networks, whose technologies manage Internet traffic — helping online services and cloud applications run smoothly, securely and reliably. F5, based on the Seattle waterfront and traded on the NASDAQ, has more than 3,300 employees, $1.5 billion in annual revenue and a market… Read More


Shares of F5 soar, CEO expresses optimism for year ahead

Seattle-based F5 Networks saw its stock increase more than eight percent in after hours trading following the company’s fiscal first-quarter earnings report, one which showed net income coming in at $68 million on revenues of $406.5 million. That compares to net income of $69.5 million for the same period last year, on revenues of $395.3… Read More


Shares of F5 up 7% in after hours, profits increase by $8M

Shares of F5 Networks were up more than seven percent in after hours trading today following the company’s fourth quarter earnings report, which noted a profit increase of 13 percent from this time last year. F5 saw $395.3 million in revenue and $76.2 million in profits, an increase from $68.2 million last quarter and $67.7 million a year earlier…. Read More


F5 looks to wipe out cybercrime with acquisition of Versafe

F5 Networks is strengthening its Internet security offerings, announcing today that it is buying Tel Aviv-based Versafe in a deal of undisclosed size. Versafe’s 40 employee will remain with the company, operating out of Israel. The company’s three founders also will remain, working on the Versafe technology. Versafe’s development team will report to Ron Talmor,… Read More


Shares of F5 surge after profits reach $68.2 million

Shares of F5 Networks took off in after hours trading following the company’s quarterly earnings announcement. F5, a maker of hardware and software products that speed up the delivery of applications, posted revenue of $370.3 million, up six percent over the previous quarter. Net income came in at $68.2 million, up from $63.4 million in… Read More


F5 Networks opens new technology center in NYC

F5 Networks is expanding its footprint in New York City with the grand opening today of its International Technology Center, a new 10,000 square foot space at 600 Lexington Avenue. That’s an expensive slice of real estate for a spot to test networking equipment and software, ensuring that it is reliable and secure. In fact, the… Read More

John McAdam, right, interviewed by Ed Lazwoska, at the Tech Alliance luncheon in Seattle

F5 CEO John McAdam joins the board of Apptio

John McAdam is a man in high demand. The CEO of F5 Networks, the Seattle networking and software powerhouse, joined the board of Tableau Software two months ago. Now, he’s aligning himself with another of the region’s most promising enterprise software companies: Apptio.  McAdam today was announced as the newest board member of Apptio, a fast-growing… Read More


F5 Networks buys networking startup LineRate Systems

F5 Networks has acquired LineRate Systems, a Colorado startup that’s developing technologies around what’s called software define networking. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is not expected to make a material impact on F5′s results, but F5 noted that the networking technologies will help “bring superior service agility, application intelligence, and… Read More


Shares of F5 jump as profits rise

F5 Networks, the Seattle maker of networking equipment and software, today posted a revenue increase of 13 percent for its fiscal first quarter as profits also rose. The company tabulated $365.5 million in revenue, up from $322.4 million for the same period last year. Net income increased to $69.5 million, up from $66.5 million. Shares… Read More

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F5 names two new board members

F5 Networks has named Sandra Bergeron — a former executive at McAfee — and Steve Smith — the CEO of Equinix — to its board. Former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson resigned from the F5 board last year, and the board consisted of six members prior to today’s appointments. F5 Networks CEO John McAdam noted in a… Read More


F5′s McAdam joins board of Tableau: IPO chatter continues

F5 Networks CEO John McAdam has joined the board of Tableau Software, the fast-growing Seattle data visualization company. The appointment — the third to Tableau’s board this year — may signal that the 9-year-old company is prepping for a 2013 initial public offering. (Tableau was one of five that I suggested could make the IPO… Read More


Shares of F5 Networks take a big hit after earnings miss

Shares of F5 Networks tumbled more than 10 percent in after hours trading today after the Seattle maker of networking equipment and software missed its fourth quarter numbers and scaled back its projections for the current quarter. The company posted revenue of $362.6 million for the fourth quarter, up 3 percent from the prior quarter and… Read More


Amid ‘cautious spending environment’ revenue growth slows at F5 Networks

F5 Networks said that revenue slowed during its fiscal third quarter amid what CEO John McAdam dubbed a “more cautious spending environment.” Nonetheless, the maker of software and hardware to securely delivery applications over the Internet boosted revenues during the quarter $352.6 million, a 3.8 percent increase over the prior quarter and a 21.3 percent… Read More


Tech Moves: Uber’s Broderick on the move; Qliance names COO; F5 execs get new gigs; etc.

Michelle Broderick has been promoted to lead the global marketing efforts for Uber, the fast-growing private driver service backed by founder Jeff Bezos, Menlo Ventures, Goldman Sachs and others. Broderick had served as general manager of the Seattle region, and the company is currently looking to hire her replacement. Broderick said she’ll remain in Seattle…. Read More


F5 buying Traffix Systems to support spike in mobile data

F5 Networks has agreed to buy Traffix Systems, an Israeli company whose behind-the-scenes signaling technology helps mobile operators manage all that data flowing across their networks, thanks to all those smartphones, tablets and other devices we’re using these days. Traffix specializes in what’s known as the Diameter signaling protocol, which has emerged as the standard… Read More


F5 shares jump after revenues surge 19.9% to $322 million

F5 Networks, whose software and hardware products speed the delivery of applications over the Internet, jumped more than five percent in after hours trading following the release of the Seattle company’s first quarter earnings report. F5 posted revenue of $322.4 million, up 2.5 percent over the previous quarter and a 19.9 percent increase over revenue… Read More