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The Mean Hamster fallout: where did the tech firm’s last workers go to find jobs?

This should be, if all goes well, our final post related to Mean Hamster Software, and its recent demise. We wrote about it three weeks ago, highlighting the issues that forced the tech company's CEO, John Swiderski, to shut it down.

Last week we posted that Swiderski struggled to find a decent-paying tech job in the Spokane area. He ended up taking a job with Seattle-based DoubleDown, a virtual casino company.

We asked Swiderski what happened to the eight workers he had in Deer Park. What happened to them?

The answer: one moved to the Tri-Cities, two moved to Oregon, one moved to California, one moved to Seattle for a job.

“For the other three, I am not sure and am checking,” Swiderski wrote by email.

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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