While there was big national news for Portland-based JanRain and OpenID that broke yesterday—with Sears stepping up to adopt OpenID by using JanRain’s RPX—today marks some big JanRain news for us here locally.
“JanRain and I have been flirting for a while,” said Peat in an email. “They have a great team here in Portland, and their products lend themselves to the kind of integration and custom development work that I enjoy. We’ve worked together on some big projects, the business is growing, and the timing was right… so on July 1st we sealed the deal, and I’m heading up the professional services group.”
Peat will be tackling any number of duties with the OpenID provider, including technical sales support, proposals, and day-to-day communications—all while “still getting to keep my hands dirty with the code.”
Aside from just being a terribly nice guy, Peat is a great technologist and fixture of the burgeoning Portland startup scene. And it’s always nice to see great connections like this happening in Portland.
(Self portrait by Peat Bakke. Used under Creative Commons.)