Appirio hires Mechanical Turk creator to automate IT services

April 17, 2015 Appirio

The creator of Amazon Mechanical Turk, the world’s first fully programmatic crowdsourcing platform when it launched in 2005, has joined Appirio as CTO to advance the cloud integrator’s quest to bring disruptive automation to the IT services industry.

Alex Castro took up the post in October last year but the company kept his arrival under wraps until yesterday’s announcement. He told me by phone yesterday that he has been busy “hiring top-notch developers who build highly scalable cloud solutions,” while overseeing the company’s transition of its Topcoder crowdsourced development community to a new, microservices-based architecture running on Amazon Web Services.


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