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StorageCraft: The Early Years

StorageCraft: The Early Years

November 11
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Next month StorageCraft will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. For an IT company, that makes us practically old-timers. Since I’ve been with StorageCraft for nearly nine of those years, several of my colleagues on the marketing team have asked me to share some of the stories from the early years. What was it like? Does Jeff (Shreeve StorageCraft CEO) ever wear a suit and a tie? With five founders was there ever a time when there was a tie vote? Who won the arm-wrestling tiebreakers? Those questions may have to go unanswered. But I’ll try to give people an idea of what it was like early on, and maybe share some funny stories.

The first “official” StorageCraft offices were very close to where we are now, in Draper, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When I first arrived, our five founders, plus Mike Kunz (now VP of Sales and then Senior Director of Sales) and Nate Bushman (now Director of Development and then Senior Engineer) were all in offices surrounding a larger room designed for new employees. They hadn’t installed cubicles yet, but there was a white folding table with a computer chair and a laptop along the far wall that served as my work space for several weeks. The guys tried to spin this setup by telling me, “You have the largest office of all of us!” That really wasn’t much consolation when they would decide to take a break playing Nerf football in the office. Fortunately, they did install the cube farm a few weeks later, and they gave me a desk right by the window.

A few months later there was a little excitement. As is the case with most start-ups, our founders spent a lot of late hours at the office. One night, when Scott Barnes, Jeff Shreeve and Russ Shreeve were working late, two thieves slipped in the front door and started searching for equipment they could grab quickly. Scott heard a noise and came out to see what was going on and one of the thieves popped his head from behind a cubicle. Scott asked him what he was doing and he said, “Have you seen my brother, Wally?” At that point, both men decided to make a quick getaway, leaving behind the small pile of laptops they had started to gather.

The two men were caught on a surveillance camera at another office trying the same thing, so a local TV news crew came by to interview Scott about the experience. We were relieved that no one was hurt, and that we didn’t lose any IT equipment. But the front door was locked at 5:00 after that.

In the next post, I’ll share about the return of Wally.

Oh, and if you’re curious about the development of StorageCraft, check out this article on what led us to create some of our most popular features like HeadStart Restore and VirtualBoot.