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Matthew Schiltz
Matthew Schiltz

Matthew Schiltz has been named CEO of cloud hosting startup Blue Box, assuming the duties from founder Jesse Proudman who is moving to the role of CTO.

Schiltz is well known in the Seattle technology community, in part because he’s served as CEO of so many companies in the past 15 years. 

Among the companies he’s led as CEO: cloud storage startup Symform, electronic signature powerhouse DocuSign and software company General Software and online legal document company CourtLink.

He most recently served as CEO of enterprise cloud startup Tier 3, which sold to CenturyLink last year.

Blue Box was founded by Proudman in 2003, bootstrapped in its early years before raising cash from Voyager Capital and others. Proudman, 29, also was just last week named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the GeekWire Awards.

Jesse Proudman

Proudman said that the transition will allow him to get back to his roots, spending more time on the technology. He said the company is not in the market to sell, instead he said they want to “capitalize on our market leadership.”

“Matt understands what it takes to accelerate growth at a cloud service provider,” said Proudman. “His direct industry experience and successful track record is precisely what Blue Box needs for its next stage of growth.”

Schiltz added in a release that Blue Box’s IP portfolio makes it unique.

“They have already done the hard technical work required to reliably stand up a consistent cloud architecture for many customers in our data centers,” he said. “That team experience, collective knowledge and IP mean that our deployment teams will be able to keep pace with rapid growth while helping our ops and customer service teams deliver the one-on-one attention and reliability that Blue Box is known for.”

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