Over the course of time I've worked for and with a great many enterprises. Some public, some private, some "key players", some "boutique" -- almost every one of those collaborations was driven by a purpose: A project to complete, software to write, a device to build -- stories to be told.
A decade ago, I attended WWDC. I helped found (the now defunct) maclearning and macresearch communities to round out the (then thriving) macenterprise community. All before the epic changes we've seen in Apple.
I was in the keynote when Steve announced Mac OS X. I was there for Universal binaries (we actually registered phatbinary.org just for fun - during the keynote).
Nothing prepared me for my first //build.
I work for John Shewchuk in a team named Strategic Engagements. What you saw in the keynotes of this conference were but a glimpse of the awesome I get to experience every day. I'm only 11 months at Microsoft, but let me share some highpoints of my time already:
- Joined a newly forming team as member #5ish - nobody actually knows anymore.
- Paris for a week learning about AllJoyn, later, we announce Windows 10 support for AllJoyn.
- Lots of hackathons helping startups and companies solve problems. A few interesting ones (go check them out!):
A. Heatworks Model1
C. Chai Energy
F. Unnamed companies doing awesomenes.
- Going on the talk circuit, giving talks on AllJoyn, Hadoop, The Internet of Things, Innovation, and Microsoft.
- Attending //Build 2015.
At this point, I'm going to hide in a tech cave and work on a set of cool projects that we can use to launch next years assault on your notion of what Microsoft is.
This is not your dad's Microsoft. We have a leader. With a Vision.
More importantly, we have a deep bench. Keep your eyes open. It's going to be a wild ride!