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


Tech Moves: Xbox vet joins 9Slides; Blessington lands at ExtraHop; Mixpo bolsters team

Aaron Khoo has joined Redmond online presentation startup 9Slides as director of engineering. Khoo is the former CTO at PaidPunch, and before that held numerous engineering roles at Microsoft, primarily working on Xbox. Khoo holds a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University. “Aaron brings in vast experience working with large companies like Microsoft where he managed… Read More

Peter Godman

Ex-Isilon, Amazon engineers start stealthy Qumulo

Isilon System is one of the biggest startup success stories of the past 10 years, with the Seattle storage company rebounding from tough times to sell for a whopping $2.25 billion to EMC in late 2010. The company has continued to grow in its new Pioneer Square headquarters, even gobbling up Bellevue-based Likewise Software last month…. Read More


Isilon adding 200 jobs as it settles into Pioneer Square HQ

Isilon Systems, getting comfortable in its new digs in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, said today that it plans to add 200 more workers locally over the next 15 months. The company has 430 people in Seattle currently, and 800 companywide. The data storage company says the growth will represent a 75 percent increase in employment… Read More

Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel at TechNW

Sujal Patel’s call to action for the Seattle tech industry

There’s nothing quite like a comeback story. And there’s perhaps no better example of one in Seattle’s tech industry than that of Isilon Systems. Co-founder Sujal Patel retold that tale today at the WTIA’s TechNW event, reliving how the online storage company emerged from a near death experience to be sold to EMC for $2.25… Read More