Fort Lauderdale, FL - (March 5, 2007) - LassoSoft, LLC announced their acquisition of OmniPilot Software and the Lasso family of products during the keynote of the Lasso Summit which was held March 2 - 4, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Lasso Summit is an annual gathering of Lasso users which includes presentations from LassoSoft employees and some of the most experienced Lasso users from around the world as well as training sessions for new Lasso users. "We couldn't be happier in making this announcement today," said Kyle Jessup, Director of Lasso Development for LassoSoft. "LassoSoft is driven by a team that is wholly dedicated to the Lasso product line. Our customers can rest assured that Lasso is in good hands. We look forward to continuing to build and strengthen the platform together over the coming years."
LassoSoft, LLC is a partnership of Kyle Jessup, Fletcher Sandbeck, and Kerry Adams. Kyle Jessup has served as the director of Lasso development since version 1.5. Fletcher Sandbeck is the primary developer behind the Lasso Studio product line and the primary author of Lasso's print and online documentation. Kerry Adams was previously the director of sales at OmniPilot Software. Collectively, the three partners have over 20 years experience working on the Lasso product line. Brett Circe, former CEO of OmniPilot Software had this to say about the acquisition, "This ensures the people behind Lasso will be around forever. They are dedicated and deserve to have a stake in the product. I could not be happier for them."
The Lasso development team is fully intact following the acquisition. Arrangements have been made with all key employees to continue with LassoSoft. "It is exciting for me and the other long time developers of Lasso to be in control of Lasso's future," said Fletcher Sandbeck, Director of Lasso Studio Development for LassoSoft. "This acquisition sparks a renewal of focus of the company on our core products Lasso Professional and Lasso Studio." The Lasso development team is hard at work on updates for the Lasso 8.5 family of products as well as laying the ground work for future versions of Lasso.
"We believe that Lasso has a lot of potential in the marketplace," said Kerry Adams, Director of Sales for LassoSoft, "Utilizing Lasso's strengths, combined with the continued support of our loyal developers, we will continue to grow the user base and expand upon Lasso's already impressive capabilities." LassoSoft stands fully behind the upgrade and support commitments of OmniPilot. LassoSoft continues to offer upgrades to Lasso 8.5 from versions going all the way back to Lasso 1.0. The sales and support policies established by OmniPilot will remain in effect under the new management.
"We see the transition to this ownership team is a step in the right direction for Lasso." Says Cory Robin, CEO for SkyVantage Corporation, member of the Lasso Professional Association, "This new ownership team has demonstrated a passion for the Lasso product line and we are excited to see them take the helm of this project."
The new LassoSoft Web site is now active at www.lassosoft.com/. The ListSearch service and the "BlueWorld" mailing list server will be migrated to the LassoSoft domain name soon.
About LassoSoft LassoSoft, LLC is a software development company offering cross-platform business management solutions designed to help small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) optimize their online presence. For over ten years the Lasso product line has made it possible for Web developers to create custom, data-driven Web sites without a degree in computer science. LassoSoft' software is used by over 1,000 educational institutions and more than 15,000 corporations around the world, including Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW). For more information on LassoSoft, visit www.lassosoft.com.
Editor's Note: Manager Bios
Kyle Jessup has been developing software professionally for over 10 years. He started working on Lasso at version 1.5 as Blue World's Senior Software Architect. He served as Director of Development for Lasso Professional at OmniPilot. Kyle brings his extensive knowledge of networking, database design and integration, Internet protocols and years of experience developing on a variety of computer systems to the Lasso Professional platform.
Fletcher Sandbeck has been designing Web sites for over ten years. He joined Blue World over six years ago helping to author a complete rewrite of Lasso's documentation. He served as Director of Development for Lasso Studio at OmniPilot. Fletcher has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kerry Adams has been with OmniPilot since before its acquisition of Blue World. He served as Director of Sales at OmniPilot. Kerry's vision and enthusiasm have been instrumental in new initiatives which help promote Lasso in new areas such as classroom use.