Goodbye Microsoft, so long and thanks for all the bits

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Can you believe that it has been 1230 days since I announced I was joining Microsoft? I’m guessing a lot of people lost out on that one in the over/under pool. Well, it has been a fantastic 3 years, 4 months and 7 days so far, unfortunately there are only 4 days left until it’s over for me. Effective Friday, September 24, 2010 I will be leaving Microsoft Canada.

I’m heading back into the fray. Or as John so eloquently puts it, I will be starting on a new path, with some old friends and the plan is actually quite simple:
Have fun and try to take over the world responsibly. I’ve spent the past 3+ years talking to entrepreneurs about programs like BizSpark and trying to help them build on the emerging Microsoft technologies and platform. I’m looking forward to getting back in the trenches and using customer development to build and ship products.

I’m not alone. There are a few of the folks that I’ve worked with or been lucky enough to call a friend that have also left Microsoft in the past year including: Don Dodge, Adam Kinney, Scott Barnes and others. This didn’t impact my decision to leave, it’s more just a curious observation.

As a sidenote, I’m pretty sure that John will be looking for a ISV DE (in non-Microsoft acronym speak: a developer evangelist focused on independent software vendors). What does an ISV DE do? Here’s the ISV DE job description from Belgium.

The ISV Developer Evangelist mission is to drive platform adoption and revenue growth with depth and breadth ISVs. The ISV Developer Evangelist is focused on winning ISV adoption of Microsoft platform technologies by working with ISV senior technology decision makers within these organizations. This is accomplished by collaborating with the ISV PAM (Partner Account Manager) to build a well-managed, mutually beneficial alliance that drives revenue growth and expands the reach of strategic Microsoft products within the partner’s solution portfolio.

It was a great time to be a part of the Developer & Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft Canada. And if I’d consider working with John Oxley (@joxley), Mark Relph (@mrelph) and the team again in the future. If you’re looking for a fun gig working with ISVs including startups and emerging companies, make sure you follow up with John.

53 thoughts on “Goodbye Microsoft, so long and thanks for all the bits”

  1. Welcome back! Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. Just ask Rick Segal, he is rockin’ it with Fixmo. Looking forward to even more interactions and to see what will be next. Enjoy every moment.

  2. I guess we all knew the day would come, but still, I’m bummed you’re leaving! You’ve done so much for Microsoft Canada and Microsoft-based shops like ours. We appreciate all the love, honesty and support. No doubt you’ll do amazing stuff with whatever comes next.

  3. Happy trails, buddy. I’ll miss seeing you at the office and ruminating on the state of tech in the world! That being said, I’m happy for you and I am very much looking forward to working with you in whatever role you take next!

  4. I’m torn .. I’m excited for you but disappointed that you won’t be running things at MS anymore. You did some amazing work for them.

    Can’t wait to hear more .. I’m in Toronto, thinking of doing a dinner tomorrow night if you’re around. Email coming soon.

  5. I’m torn .. I’m excited for you but disappointed that you won’t be running things at MS anymore. You did some amazing work for them.

    Can’t wait to hear more .. I’m in Toronto, thinking of doing a dinner tomorrow night if you’re around. Email coming soon.

  6. Oh, you really worked at Microsoft? I couldn’t tell…:) I thought you worked for the Canadian Startups Ecosystem Community (CSEC).
    Kidding aside, Best of Luck with your new move.

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