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Teen CEO launches storage startup; catches Facebook's eye

Colin Neagle | Nov. 7, 2012
Just a few years ago, Andrew Mayhall had to decide whether to continue his unique education or drop out of school to start his own server company. Now, he's mulling another major decision - whether to continue discussions about potentially selling that company and working for Facebook, or to follow the entrepreneurial path Facebook's founder laid out when he was around Mayhall's age.

The company is well poised for growth. Last month, Evtron presented at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference, getting its name out to potential customers, partners, press, and, most importantly, venture capitalists. Just last week, Evtron secured $150,000 in a round of funding, which Mayhall says the company will use to bring in some experienced talent. Meanwhile, the company continues to talk with venture capitalists they met through DEMO. Though he couldn't release the names of the venture capitalists he's working with, Mayhall says, confidently, "it is looking good."

Combined with the ongoing discussions with Facebook, Evtron faces plenty of opportunities. Mayhall knows that, before long, the EMCs and NetApps that he admires could be lining up to knock Evtron out of the market. If that's how it works out, he'll be more than satisfied.

"I really think that the overall goal, at least for me, is not really to go and be acquired by a larger company to take on these guys," Mayhall says. "I think Evtron has the capabilities and the team to really tackle this problem head on and actually go up and fight these larger guys."



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