SOURCE: Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs

October 20, 2014 13:00 ET

Puppet Labs CEO Awarded for Entrepreneurial Achievement by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Oct 20, 2014) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, today announced its CEO and founder, Luke Kanies, won the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) at the 21st annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award ceremony. Luke was honored for his impact on the IT industry, his innovative methods in building Puppet Labs, and his consistent efforts to mentor entrepreneurs throughout Oregon.

Luke founded Puppet Labs to help organizations of all sizes build adaptive, agile infrastructure so they can deliver better quality software more frequently. His vision of enabling every Puppet Labs employee to explore and share ideas openly has fostered an exceptional level of entrepreneurship throughout the company. With first-hand experience of how difficult it is to start and grow a company, Luke enjoys offering his time, expertise and resources to other entrepreneurs.

"Luke Kanies was chosen because he has built a company to last, with an impressive growth rate and team. He has no fear of failure, wants to do great work and solve a pain point," said Linda Weston, president and executive director of OEN. "He's also had a meaningful impact on both the company's customers and the industry as a whole. Luke has deep passion for what Puppet Labs is doing and an overwhelming curiosity and desire to keep innovating."

Puppet Labs' flagship software, Puppet Enterprise, helps automate the configuration and ongoing management of machines and the software running on them, so organizations can spend less time fighting fires and more time deploying great software. Puppet Labs software is used by more than 20,000 companies worldwide, including 58 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than a third of the Fortune 500.

The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship awards program is Oregon's largest annual entrepreneurial gathering, celebrating the region's best and brightest entrepreneurs. For more information about the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, visit

About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Founded in 1991, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Oregon entrepreneurs and improving the business climate for emerging, growth-oriented companies statewide. The organization has members throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about the OEN, visit

About the OEN Entrepreneurship Award
The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards honors the skill, and the courage, it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. They are intended to not only celebrate entrepreneurs, but to highlight their importance to the region's economy. The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award is a highly competitive process and it is a significant achievement just to be named as a finalist. In honor of that, OEN not only produces a gala celebration focusing on excellence in entrepreneurship, but the award itself is a true work of art. The awards were designed by local world-renown company Ziba Design, founded by Sohrab Vossoughi, in 1984. Ziba designed the beautiful "O" shaped, hand-blown crystal award to symbolize Oregon and to represent the lifecycle of a company.

About Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation. Puppet Labs software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, both on-premise and in the cloud. Thousands of the world's leading organizations use Puppet Labs software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Bank of America, Cisco, Citrix, eBay, NYSE, PayPal, and WebEx. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs employs more than 320 people. The company is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners. To learn more, please visit

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