REPEAT is a special interview series underwritten by CliftonLarsonAllen where we take a deep dive inside the minds of Minnesota’s rare repeat technology entrepreneurs. Repeat means to start a tech company, exit said company, and return start another one.
Mitch Coopet and Brian Bispala (together with Matthew Dornquast) co-founded Code42 in 2001 after they had met two years prior through industry. Code42 has grown up to hundreds of employees and $135M+ in VC funding, though all three of the company’s original founders have since departed.
What did you start collaborating on when you met back in 1999?
Bispala: We were making money together with a team by providing consulting services for the first few years while we experimented with a variety of products on the side. Eventually, we began working on Crashplan, Code42’s flagship backup product, back in 2005/2006 with a group of about 10 people including Matthew Dornquast who would become CEO.