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10th Magnitude, a three-year-old cloud solutions firm in Chicago, is set to double in size this calendar year to meet the rapidly rising demand for cloud technology. The 100 percent bootstrapped company started in late 2010 by Chicago tech scene veteran Alex Brown (formerly with Plural, Dell, and Univa), saw a 2013 organic revenue growth rate of 42 percent.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, 10th Magnitude has added four new full-time employees, and plans to grow to 30 total by the end of Q1 2015. The company has outgrown its current 22-month-old, 2,600-square-foot office in the West Loop, and is looking for a 5,000-7,500-square-foot location in the same area.

The four employees who have joined in the past six weeks are:

Pete Morano, vice president of application development
Morano, who has 17 years of experience, will manage the development team and lead the technology direction. He most recently served as director of technology at Pluralsight. Prior to that, Morano was the CTO of Key Lime Tie.

Patrick O'Brien, managing consultant
O’Brien will lead 10th Magnitude’s new Project Management Organization. A seasoned program and project manager, O’Brien comes to 10th Magnitude from The Private Bank and Trust Company and Acquity Group.

John Smyth, senior consultant IaaS-DevOps
Smyth comes to 10th Magnitude from Catamaran, where he was a systems and storage engineering manager; prior to that, he was a storage engineer at Kirkland & Ellis and a systems engineering lead at JP MorganChase. Smyth will bring his infrastructure and development skills together in 10th Magnitude’s IaaS-DevOps practice.

Charles Schwenger, business development manager
Schwenger joins 10th Magnitude from Grosvenor Capital Management, where he was a solutions center analyst; prior to that, he was a development and operations business analyst at Big Machines. Schwenger will manage 10th Magnitude’s go-to-market partnership with CDW.

About 10th Magnitude

10th Magnitude harnesses the power of the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform to provide Migration, Application Development, DevOps Implementation and Automation and Management Services that help customers of all sizes innovate faster and compete better. For more information, visit

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