With great reluctance, I am leaving Microsoft and will no longer be maintaining this blog. It been a great ride over the last 4 years, and I will never forget all that this company has done for my personal and professional growth. Although this is goodbye, it is not for good, HR willing :)
I will be actively pursuing degrees in higher education namely around Computer Science, Economics, and Public Policy. I know its a weird mix, but after all that I’ve seen I’m convinced that a bit of CS/Web culture needs to be assimilated into the archaic world of government, economics, and policy debate. I am hopeful my ambitions are not as naive as they sound, but I firmly believe that the next few years will be a huge transformation in the way our lives integrate with society, government, and democracy. I will also be taking a year off to do enterprise architecture work at Dadabhagwan.org, a non-profit spiritual organization that I have been working with since I was 14.
To me, working for Microsoft was a dream come true, a dream I hope to comeback to in the next few years!
I would like to especially thank a few people for their extraordinary commitment to my success and progress:
Anand Iyer – Dude, you’ve always been there when I needed some help and you continue to be an inspiration and a good friend! Good Luck on the WP7 launch this winter!
Chris Henley – I’ve never met a more positive personality inside Microsoft than you. I am the IT Evangelist I am because of your mentorship!
James Senior – Our plans for world domination will have to be postponed. We’ll talk later back at the Dungeon of Doom.
Daniel Sumner – You helped me when I was at my worst, and I am stronger now because of your patience. Thank you!
Paul Murphy– Paul, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for your help! I always thought I’d follow you to India and then to Redmond, but I guess the UK is where I branch out.
Cheryl & Amee – Thanks for all the hard work you do with the MACH program, it has been a rewarding circle to be a part of.
Lynn – I wouldn’t be the SharePoint evangelist I am without your guidance and writings!
Phil Cross & Olga – Thank you once again for putting your faith in me and letting me be track owner for TechEd, it was an extraordinary experience that I won’t forget!
Orlando – You’ve been an invaluable counselor for me over the years. There is no better way to say it than this, “thank you for all that you do!” J
Will Coleman – Its never a dull moment with you dude! Lot’s of hard work ahead so keep cracking skulls and “stay the course!”
Eileen Brown – For teaching me the invaluable skills of blogging and networking.
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