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Brad Carpenter, a former Microsoft general manager who left the company in October after a 20-year career, has accepted the CEO post at Newline Software. An angel investor and board member of the maker of online backup systems, Carpenter said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with Newline founders Kory Gill and Marius Nita.

“The technology that Kory and Marius have created to achieve 100 percent data privacy in the cloud is exciting”, Carpenter said. “Being able to work with Kory and Marius again, and turn this technology into a platform that any developer can use, to make their cloud solutions 100 percent private, is a great opportunity.”

Gill, who spent 18 years at Microsoft, started Newline after lightning knocked out power to his home. Full story here from last month’s Startup Spotlight: Lightning strikes (literally) to create online backup startup Newline.

At Microsoft, Carpenter helped lead the company’s Surface Computing product strategy. He also spent several years in the Windows Division, focusing on improving the quality of the PC experience.

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