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06-30-2012, 01:20 AM #1
Former OS X Chief Bertrand Serlet Works on Cloud Startup with Ex-Apple Employees
The former head of OS X development at Apple, Bertrand Serlet, has reportedly been working with a cloud computing startup called “Upthere” since he left Apple this past year. According to BusinessInsider, Serlet is working with at least two other former Apple employees at the company. Upthere is said to be a “cloud hosting provider” that also offers “consulting services in the field of cloud computing.”
Other former Apple employees who are involved in Upthere along with Serlet include Roger Bodamer, the former vice president of product operations and development at Apple, and Justin Maxwell, a former Apple user interface designer. Aside from the brief description of the company and their services, there aren’t too many details about the company other than it filed for a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization in September of 2011, which was granted. An additional tidbit of information pulled from a job listing at Upthere stated that the company’s founders “were key to building the world’s leading operating system (Mac OS X) and database (Oracle) and have a clear vision of core technology for a Cloud OS.”
For those of you who didn’t already know, Serlet departed from Apple in March of 2011, making him one of handful of executives that left the company last year. Others included the now CEO of J.C. Penney, Ron Johnson and co-founder Steve Jobs who passed away last October. While at Apple, Serlet worked with Jobs for 22 years where he mentioned Jobs would let him “focus less on products and more on science,” something he looks forward to continuing at Upthere.