Mitch Hill

Mitch Hill, 1958-2013: Former Avanade and Opscode CEO was a fierce competitor who led with quiet confidence

Mitch Hill, the former CEO of Avanade and Opscode, passed away Wednesday after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55. A fierce competitor who earned a black belt in karate and raced motorcycles as a kid, Hill participated in bicycling events and water sports throughout the Northwest. In fact, it was that competitive spirit… Read More

Jesse Robbins of Opscode. Photo: John Keatley

Q&A: Ex-Amazon ‘master of disaster’ Jesse Robbins on the power of ‘relentless optimism’ in startups

Former firefighter Jesse Robbins is comfortable under pressure. In fact, he thrives on it. Channeling positive energy and optimism into his growing organization, Robbins and his team at Seattle cloud computing startup Opscode have been changing the game in enterprise software. And Robbins, who once held the title of “Master of Disaster” at, says… Read More

Opscode founder Jesse Robbins, left, handed the CEO reins to tech veteran Mitch Hill, right in 2011.

Cloud infrastructure startup Opscode nearly doubles staff, expands in Europe and Asia

Cloud infrastructure automation startup Opscode continues to grow at a rapid pace, announcing today that it is expanding operations in Europe and Asia. The Seattle startup has been on an accelerated growth path in recent months, nearly doubling its staff since closing its $19.5 million venture capital round from Ignition Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and… Read More


Tech Moves: Opscode hires F5 vet; Dwellable taps Kriege; and more

Opscode, a cloud computing startup that specializes in infrastructure automation, continues to expand its fast-growing team. The Seattle company has named George Moberly, a former F5 Networks and Blade Logic product development executive, to the position of vice president of product management.  In a statement, Moberly said that Opscode is at the “center of a… Read More