Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington
Mike Harrington.jpg
Harrington in 2009
EmployerDynamix (1985–1987)
Microsoft (1987–1996)
Valve (1996–2000)
Picnik (2005–2010)
Google (2010–2011)
Catnip Labs (2012–2015)
Committee for Children (2016-2018)
Amplion (2018-2020)
Known forCo-founding Valve

Mike Harrington is an American computer programmer and businessman. He is the co-founder of the video game development and digital distribution company Valve.[1] He left Valve in 2000, and in 2006 co-founded the photo editing service Picnik.


Previously a game programmer at Dynamix and a designer on the Windows NT operating system at Microsoft,[2] Harrington founded Valve in 1996 with Gabe Newell, another former Microsoft employee.[3]

Harrington and Newell privately funded the development of Valve's debut product, Half-Life (1998), which he also helped program.[1][4] He said: "At Microsoft you always wonder, 'Is it me being successful or is it Microsoft?' But with Half-Life I knew Gabe and I had built that product and company from scratch."[1] On January 15, 2000, Harrington dissolved his partnership with Newell and left Valve to spend time with his wife.[1] According to Newell, Harrington did not want to risk another project after the success of Half-Life.[1]

In 2006, Harrington co-founded the photo editing service Picnik with friend and former colleague Darrin Massena. Picnik was acquired by Google in March 2010. Harrington left Google in March 2011. In January 2012, he co-founded another company with Massena, Catnip Labs. Harrington was the CTO at the Committee for Children from 2016–2018. Harrington served as CTO of Amplion from November 2018 until March 2020.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Keighley, Geoff. "The Final Hours of Half-Life and Half Life 2". Gamespot UK. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2008-01-05.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Mike Harrington Interview". PlanetHalfLife.com. November 20, 1999. Archived from the original on November 3, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ October 2013, Jeff Dunn 04. "Full Steam ahead: The History of Valve". gamesradar. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  4. ^ CVG Staff (28 September 2007). "Creative Minds: Gabe Newell". computerandvideogames.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-05.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Mike Harrington's LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Amplion Accelerates Precision Medicine".