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GitHub Got Silly Rich. Next Step: 'Make More Awesome'

Tom Preston-Werner, chief executive officer and co-founder of GitHub
Tom Preston-Werner, chief executive officer and co-founder of GitHubPhotograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Four years into its journey as a company, GitHub remained something of an independent. The startup, which helps companies and developers build software, rebuffed the repeated advances of venture capitalists. Then, last July, GitHub flipped the bit and took $100 million from Andreessen Horowitz, gorging at the venture-capital trough like some kind of hideously large and famished money hog. (Yes, these things exist.)

Asked why GitHub would need so much money, Chief Executive Tom Preston-Werner replies with an answer that fits his laid-back persona: “To make more awesome.” It’s an unsatisfying response, but you can reasonably (sort of?) say such things when you’re the Grand Poobah of the software universe.