Chip Pearson

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Chip Pearson is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is best known as a founder and former CEO of JAMF Software.[1]


Pearson is a longtime resident of St Paul, Minnesota. Pearson co-founded JAMF Software (now Jamf) with Zach Halmstad in 2002.[2] At the time Pearson owned an IT services company[3] that could use the work being done by Halmstad at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to streamline information technology administration. Those tools became a product known as Casper, sold by a company formed to support the product called Jamf Software.[4]

Jamf Software[edit]

Pearson ran Jamf with Halmstad until 2016, taking $30 Million in Venture capital financing from Summit Partners.[5] Pearson and Halmstad recruited and hired Dean Hager as the CEO prior to leaving the organization.[6] In 2017, Jamf was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and the founders departed the company.[7]

Prior to selling Jamf, the organization generated over $52 million in annual revenue, served more than 5,500 customers,[8] had nearly 500 employees.[9] And they had just opened the eighth office around the world. At that point, JAMF had an estimated valuation of $225 million.[10]

Since the sale, Jamf has grown to over 1,500 employees.[11] Jamf is now traded on NASDAQ under the symbol JAMF.[12]


Following Jamf, Pearson was involved in the 2017 project DocuMNtary about software companies in Minnesota.[13] Pearson now runs the Minnesota investment firm Bootstrappers and is on the Board of Directors at software companies like When I Work and Kipsu.[14]


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  3. Edge, Charles; Trouton, Rich (2019-12-17). Apple Device Management: A Unified Theory of Managing Macs, iPads, iPhones, and AppleTVs. Apress. ISBN 978-1-4842-5388-5. Search this book on Logo.png
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  8. Strauss, Karsten. "No Money, No Problem: Bootstrapping Off Of Apple". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  9. Wakabayashi, Daisuke (2014-01-10). "Apple Devices Flow Into Corporate World". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  10. "How Two IT Guys Turned Their Love For Apple Products Into A Multi-Million Company". Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  11. Kapko, Matt (2015-09-17). "Why Apple and Microsoft are suddenly playing nice". CIO. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  12. Retrieved 2021-01-29. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. Ojeda-Zapata, Julio; Sep 22nd 2016 - 12pm, St Paul Pioneer Press |. "Minnesota tech scene on display in 'DocuMNtary'". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  14. Bort, Julie (2013-12-11). "How Two IT Guys Turned Their Love For Apple Products Into A Multi-Million Company". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved 2021-01-29.

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