UW CSE alums Mitchell Hashimoto and Armon Dadgar feature prominently in the 2017 edition of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30—which recognizes change-makers and innovators spanning 20 different industries. The pair are recognized for their contributions to enterprise tech through their company, San Francisco-based HashiCorp.
Hashimoto and Dadgar earned their bachelor’s degrees in computer science from UW CSE in 2011. They co-founded HashiCorp a year after graduation with the aim of revolutionizing data center management, including application development, delivery, and maintenance.
Five years on, the company employs 60 people, has raised nearly $35 million in venture funding, and counts heavy-hitters such as Cisco, Disney, Mozilla, PayPal, and Elon Musk’s OpenAI among its customers.
As Hashimoto, who serves as the company’s co-CTO with Dadgar, told Forbes, “Every company is realizing the traditional way of doing IT isn’t going to scale. Tractor companies or insurance companies want to focus on their business, not on building the delivery mechanism for their software.”
In their quest to build robust tools for managing IT infrastructure, the founders kept their end users in mind.
“I think what makes us unique is the human aspect of our software — our users generally describe our software as enjoyable to use, and that’s not something you usually hear with IT software,” Hashimoto said. “A lot of IT software is made for computers, and we like to think that our software’s made for people.”
Congratulations, Mitchell and Armon!