Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington
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Harrington at the Seattle 2.0 Awards on May 7, 2009
Employer Dynamix (1985–1987)
Microsoft (1987–1996)
Valve LLC (1996–2000)
Picnik (2005–2010)
Google (2010–2011)
Catnip Labs (2012–present)
Committee for Children
Known for Co-founder of Valve
Spouse(s) Monica Harrington

Mike Harrington is the co-founder of the computer game development company, Valve Corporation.[1]

Previously a games developer at Dynamix and a developer on the Windows NT operating system at Microsoft,[2] Harrington founded Valve in 1996 with Gabe Newell, another former Microsoft employee. He and Newell privately funded Valve during the development of Half-Life.[1][3] Half-Life became a game industry phenomenon, winning more than 50 Game of the Year Awards; it was also named the "Best PC Game of All Time" by the magazine PC Gamer.

On January 15, 2000, after the success of Half-Life, Harrington dissolved his partnership with Newell and left Valve to take an extended vacation with his wife, Monica.[1]

Harrington returned to the software industry in 2006, when he co-founded Picnik with long-time friend and former colleague Darrin Massena. Picnik was acquired by Google in March 2010. Harrington left Google in March 2011 and has co-founded a new software company with Massena, called Catnip Labs.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Geoff Keighley. "The Final Hours of Half-Life 2". Gamespot UK. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Mike Harrington Interview". PlanetHalfLife.com. November 20, 1999. Archived from the original on November 3, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ CVG Staff (28 September 2007). "Creative Minds: Gabe Newell". computerandvideogames.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Mike Harrington's LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2 October 2014.