Stephen Walli has left Optaros for a startup, which is currently in stealth mode. Walli is one of the brighter stars of the software industry, particularly in his combined knowledge of technology, business strategy, and open source. According to Walli, "The new company is still very much under cover, but we will be
delivering a web hosted solution for small business communities through
a lean and simple browser interface. We are Portland, OR based. Think
AJAX. Think Ruby-on-Rails. Think open source software. Imagine
turning certain bloated business software idioms on their collective
head. Imagine what trust and reputation really mean in a community of
Congratulations, Stephen. We expect to see great things.