Yahn Bernier, Valve Corporation, “Valve’s (Lack of) Structure: How It Actually Works & Empowers Our Employees”
Yahn Bernier is a computer game programmer and corporate director for Valve Corporation in Bellevue. He originally grew up beside the beaches of central Florida, with a brief stint in Ethiopia, where his father’s job took the family.
Yahn attended Harvard, where he received a degree in Chemistry, and then attended the University of Florida, where he received his law degree. He then worked as an attorney for a patent law firm in Atlanta. After writing one too many patents for polyester chemicals, Yahn and his wife Beth McCaw moved to Seattle in 1998, when Yahn retired from the practice of law to pursue his hobby of making video games.
Yahn has worked on the technology that underlies most of Valve’s products, from the game software and tools to Steam. He was one of the original programmers on Valve’s first game Half‑Life, which won over 50 Game of the Year awards.
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by RYAN MURRAY, Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 at 5:41PM
Since 2011, the Bellevue Rotary Club has been raising money, making connections and generally doing whatever it could to make the Inspiration Playground a reality. On Tuesday, June 21, ground broke on the all-inclusive park with a check from Rotary for $3,351,861 to get the project well on the way to completion.
The Bellevue Rotary Inspiration Playground & Sensory Gardens project received a $1M Capital Grant from the Washington State Legislature AND a $500,000 Parks and Recreation Grant from the State. This puts us close to $4M in funds raised toward this $5M-5.5M project and will allow us to prepare for groundbreaking in the spring of 2016.
We owe a huge “vote” of thanks to Senators Litzow and Habib and Representatives Senn, Clibborn, Hunter, and McBride! Special thanks also to Dan McDonald, Erin Dziedzic, and our entire BRC Inspiration Park Committee.
We’re in the home-stretch now. Let’s turn this “dream” into a ‘”reality” for children with and without disabilities in our region!