Becoming a Global Company - Get Moving!
William Hamilton, President, TechSmith Corporation
Guests at the February 2009 Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan luncheon had the opportunity to listen to the President and CEO of TechSmith Corporation, a Michigan-based software company, talk about how it became a global company.
Bill Hamilton, president and co-founder of TechSmith Corporation, has been immersed in the technology industry for more than 30 years. Having started TechSmith in 1987, Bill has grown TechSmith from a consulting company that designed custom software into the world’s leading provider of screen capture and recording technologies for consumers and corporate users. By maintaining the highest development standards and demanding operational excellence, TechSmith’s products have become synonymous with quality.
Bill started his career in software and information technology in the early 1970s. For nearly a decade, he held several high positions at Michigan State University in the areas of operations research and data processing. From 1982 to 1985, Bill was vice president for Dialog Systems, Inc., where he led the PC development group in creating analytical tools for logistics and purchasing. In 1985, Bill was a founding member of The Alternate Key, a consulting company delivering networking services for large corporations. In order to meet project requirements, the company started building its own custom applications. In 1987 the company morphed one of its custom applications into its first commercial application, Snagit. TechSmith was born soon after and Snagit continues to be a cornerstone of the company. Bill holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Michigan State University and resides in Williamston, Michigan, with his wife.