I've been a software geek since the early days, and have been lucky to be well placed to see the rise of the Geeks from backoffice to center stage.
Since mid-2020, I've been leading Developer Experience at DataStax, helping DataStax to "get" developers. I've led Developer Relations and Product Management through the transition from self-managed to Cloud and self-service.
Between 2013 and 2019, I spent six years at Google, working as Lead Product Manager on Gmail, Google Play Services, and Cloud DevOps.
I began my career with ten formative years at Microsoft, growing up with the company from 1986 to 1996.
I was lucky to be a key member of the management team which led Visual C++ releases 1.0 through 4.0, setting the stage for Visual Studio. My final job at Microsoft was as Business Unit Manager of the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).
In between those two behemoths, I was a consultant to many software companies, working on strategy development, leadership development, strategic alignment, and executive teamwork ("The Art of Work"). I also practiced what I preached as a principal within several start-ups, including the NRG Group, Apex Nanotechnologies, Zazengo, and Glooey.
I've been told that I am a unique blend of strategist, technologist and psychologist, who inspires cold hard reasoning backed with passionate commitment.