Nomadic Altium Tribe Is on the Move Again
You have to hand it to the people on the executive management team at Altium -- just when you think you have a handle on what's happening… they take you completely by surprise. Altium is, of course, a supplier of EDA tools focused on PCB and FPGA designs. More recently, the folks at Altium have branched out in a big way into tools for the Internet of Things (IoT).
One thing that really sets the folks at Altium apart -- in addition to the quality of their tools -- is the fact that they do tend to keep moving around. They started off in Tasmania under the name of Protel and soon migrated their headquarters to Sydney.
In 1990 they took everyone by surprise by moving their executive management team and core development team to San Jose, California. Some years later, just after everyone had gotten used to this new state of play, they moved the executive management team and core development team back to Sydney. It was around this time that they changed the company name to Altium. (This was because the Protel name was associated only with PCB tools, and the company was branching out into the FPGA design world.)
There are two things to note here. First, Altium tends to leave a small group of developers holding the fort when the management team ups sticks and moves on. Second, Altium has grown to be a global entity, with sales and marketing organizations around the world in North America, Europe, China, and so forth
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