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Leaving Microsoft

As I try to figure out what to do next, I can’t help but reminisice about the past.

I use to work at Microsoft.  Part of me really loved it.  Here’s the mail I sent to the team when I left on May 31, 2007.

Today is my last day at Microsoft.

I’m quite sad to leave you great people.  I’ve loved working here and I’ve learned so much from you guys.  I’ve grown much as a technologist, collaborator, and human by working amongst you all.

In life, people matter most.  I will miss each and every one of you.  Part of any good I do with the rest of my life will come from having known you all for the past year and a half.

I have this weird personality defect where I have a hard time taking pride in things I do.  For example, I wasn’t proud of myself for graduating college despite 4 years of arduous work (and, alas, not enough partying).

This product we’ve envisioned and built, I am proud of.  My face lights up when someone asks me what product I work on.  After I relay the product name, I immediately, almost hypnotically, begin rattling off the value prop (I think Todd knows black magic).  And I don’t stop until the victim concedes his need for the product (or runs away screammmmmmmmmmming).

In my immediate future, I aspire to start a software company of my own.  It’s because of what we’ve done the last year and a half that I’m inspired to do this.  It’s because I’ve seen how awesome it is to build a product from concept, grow a team, announce the product, and delight customers.  I’m grateful for this experience.

I’m hopeful many of you will keep in touch!  If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come see me!


P.S.: Enjoy RTM; you’ve earned it!  I can’t wait to buy a half dozen of these devices!

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