Mike Harrington

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

Mike Harrington is an American computer programmer, who is best known for being the co-founder of the video game development and digital distribution company, Valve Corporation.[1]

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. He and Newell privately funded Valve for the development of Half-Life.[1][3]

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

Harrington returned to the software industry in 2006, when he co-founded Picnik with long-time friend and former colleague Darrin Massena, which was later acquired by Google in March 2010. Harrington left Google in March 2011, and co-founded another company with Massena, called Catnip Labs, in January 2012. Harrington is currently the CTO at The Committee for Children. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Geoff Keighley. "The Final Hours of Half-Life and Half Life 2". Gamespot UK. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. 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. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  4. ^ "Mike Harrington's LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2 October 2014.