August 19th, 2008

Waiting for the right gig pays off: Troy Harlan joins Vidoop


One of the regular fixtures of the burgeoning Portland Web tech scene has been Troy Harlan (@theInfovore), a recent transplant from the Bay Area.

And time and time again, I would hear the inevitable small-talk question arise. “So… where do you work?” And time and time again, Troy would respond that he was “looking for the right thing to come along.”

Last week, Harlan hinted that the wait might be at an end, but that he “didn’t want to jinx it.”

Well, it looks like the waiting has paid off. And how.

Troy will be joining Portland-based Vidoop on September 2nd as Senior Sales Engineer. He will serve as a primary technical resource for Vidoop’s newest customers, helping them through their integration testing and shepherding them into production.

Mitch Savage, Troy’s new boss, shares that Vidoop was eager to work with Troy because of “his strong technical chops and his broad experience with system integrations.”

“The hardest thing about bringing Troy on is that his start date occurs during Vidoop’s all-company move to Portland,” said Savage. “But we’re making it work. That’s how much we wanted Troy on board.”

Congratulations to Troy on his new gig. And congrats to Vidoop on continuing to snap up the best and brightest in town.

The rest of us are still polishing our resumes.

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4 Responses to “Waiting for the right gig pays off: Troy Harlan joins Vidoop”

  1. Caseorganic says:

    Congratulations, Troy! I was so excited when I first heard about your new gig. You totally deserve it and are very intelligent to wait. :)

  2. Aaron says:

    Congrats… does that mean he’s going to join them in Salt Lake or something for part of the drive?

  3. Troy Harlan says:

    Rick, thank you for all of the valuable conversations you’ve taken the time to have with me, going back to the days we first met at BarCamp this year. Portland really does have a special tech community here. Companies like Vidoop and individuals like me can’t thank you enough for the part you play in that.


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