More on the topic of personal privacy & Internet tracking

August 10, 2014

As sort of a follow up to a post I wrote about Gary Kovacs’ TED talk, I thought I’d post a few more articles that I thought were interesting on the topic of data privacy and Internet tracking.

COMMENTARY: Satya Nadella’s FY15 letter to Microsoft employees

July 17, 2014

imageOn July 10th, 2014, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella penned a letter to Microsoft employees that was made public here:

One of the biggest themes of Satya’s letter was “experiences”.  As a brief exercise, go to Satya’s letter and search on the word, “experiences” and you’ll see highlighted, how many times the word is used.  (tl;dr: It’s 23)

Satya is making a very strong statement here about the future of Microsoft:  Microsoft’s focus is “the experience” that our customers have with Microsoft solutions.  It’s not about a specific product, new technology or feature, but the end-to-end experience our customer has.  This has a number of implications for the future:

  • Create a consistent experience.  Experiences are to be created across technologies – even technologies not owned by Microsoft.  The days of duplicate features across monolithic Microsoft products just because it’s “not invented here” are at an end.  If another Microsoft team has a feature you need, leverage theirs to make them successful, but ultimately, do what’s best to a provide a solution that fits in the larger vision & delivers a consistent experience for customers.
  • Start with the customer experience.  The final experience customers want is what Microsoft will start with, not just the foundational APIs & services that underlie the solution.  If features are missing, the words “you can script that” or “just write a program”, while likely true, shouldn’t be the 1st thing Microsoft responds with.  Understanding how we should prioritize that feature to benefit the customer against other customer needs & then iterating quickly while providing transparency around our development plans going forward should be our aggregate response – this is all part of the experience.

I think the recent trend of taking customer input on Microsoft solutions through UserVoice has been not only refreshing but also a testimony to how our company is evolving going forward.  Welcome to the era of “customers provide input often to product groups” & “help us directly prioritize what is most important?”.

For those of you that have been in the industry for a while, our DNA-level focus on the “end user experience” moving forward at Microsoft should sound a little familiar to you:

Steve Jobs Insult Response

(BTW: ZDnet journalist, Ed Bott, did quite a good job summarizing most of the points of the letter.  Overall it’s an excellent post:

I like the closing message of this video.

July 14, 2014

A golden retriever tries to befriend a child with Down’s Syndrome.

Sweet Mama Dog Interacting with a Beautiful Child with Down Syndrome

Giving. Gets me every time.

July 11, 2014

Damn.  This video from a year ago made the rounds again and it gets me every time I see it for very personal reasons.

Giving is the best communication

Best homecoming video ever.

July 5, 2014

Such a heart-warming video.  One of the best I’ve seen.  Howling in happiness included.

Sweet Dog Cries for Joy in His Soldier Daddy’s Lap

Originally found on:

Our partnership with “Star Trek: Into Darkness”

June 12, 2014

About a year ago, we had a massive, multi-divisional partnership with J.J. Abrams & Star Trek: Into Darkness to promote the movie & our solutions.  I’ve never posted the photos from that event but I thought it might be cool to do so for posterity.  Because y’never know when we’ll do something like this again.

Red Carpet viewing at El Capitan Theatre In Hollywood.


Talent signings… Alice Eve & John Cho below.


Alice Eve & John Cho are two of the nicest actors you’ll ever meet. 
And in case it hasn’t been said, Alice Eve is stunning in person.  And you might not know it at first, but John Cho?  The dude is ripped.  He looks like a professional basketball player.


My son shared his favorite toy, ‘doggie’, with Alice Eve.  She was so taken by him that we held up the meet-and-greet line that you see in the background for several minutes while she played with him.


Know Your Fallacies

June 12, 2014

I love this summary.



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