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Mean Hamster’s John Swiderski lands with in Seattle

John Swiderski, the Deer Park business man who started and recently had to shut down Mean Hamster Software, has taken a job in Seattle with an online gaming company.

We wrote about Swiderski and the Mean Hamster demise last month. In a world of apps, Mean Hamster got to the point where it wasn't able to compete with much smaller or in many cases much larger software firms.

Swiderski has been hired to be “casino producer” for,  a Seattle company that calls itself “the world's largest virtual casino.”

After shutting down the Deer Park company, Swiderski said he struggled to find a like-paying job in the Spokane area. He took a job for a week with Glyph Language Services, a downtown Spokane tech firm. That lasted a week. Swiderski said he had to accept the job offer from Double Down, as it paid far more than Glyph did.

And the new job is more challenging, Swiderski said in an email.

We'll post later on how succesful Swiderski's eight last Mean Hamster workers are in finding new jobs.

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