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Today was my last day at Microsoft

October 31st, 2013 2 comments

Today was my last day at Microsoft. It was a great 8-year run. My job as a Technical Evangelist had me traveling all over to meet with software developers to help them understand how to build great software solutions on the Microsoft platform, or to listen to their feedback about Microsoft’s products and relay that back to the product teams. I met some amazing people along the way and made countless new friends. It was the greatest job ever! I was always very proud to say I work at Microsoft. Fortunately, I was presented with an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

As a really good friend shared with me, “I’m kind of tired of always talking about it, I want to go back to doing it.” That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I decided it was time to go back and do it!

Tomorrow I start a new journey as the CTO of KeyLimeTie. I will be working with the talented folks at KeyLimeTie to build bleeding-edge web and mobile applications. In addition, I’ll be helping drive the engineering efforts for MojoBistro. MojoBistro is a self-service app production tool for Restaurants to actively engage with their loyal customers and extend their reach into the Social web.

The last 8-years was a tremendous learning experience for me. If you are contemplating an opportunity to go work for Microsoft – do it! You will have the chance of a lifetime to work alongside hard-working, super-smart, talented people.  There’s so much to learn and experience with a company like Microsoft. You owe it to yourself to give it a shot.

I do truly believe Microsoft is on an upward trajectory and I will be rooting on their success from the sidelines. 

Good luck to you all!

Categories: Announcements, Personal

A New Beginning…

January 1st, 2006 1 comment

I’ve never been one to rejoice in a New Year; looking at it as an excuse for a new beginning and attempting to make resolutions that I won’t keep more than 3–5 days after Jan. 1. But with Dec. 30th putting me over the hump of being closer to 40 than 30 (oh, god!), one tends to reflect (mostly in the shower) on how life is treating you and how you treat life. The question is, “Are you there yet?”.

To me, nobody is perfect and there’s always room for improvement, and I have quite a bit of room to improve. Without getting too deep, I wanted to lay out some of my goals, or as we say at Microsoft, Commitments for ‘06. I’m not trying to get too deep here, but I wanted to lay out some of my commitments for 2006, write them down, make it official; and than come back a year from now to tally up how I did. Without sounding too corny, here goes nothing…

1.) Health– Adapt to a healthier lifestyle;I’m well over my target weight for my height (I’m 6’4”, ~255lbs.). I’d like to drop 20 lbs by ‘07. More would be nice, but I have to start somewhere. And as one who has never lost weight before, I want to keep the goal at a challenging, yet attainable (hopefully) level. I’m going to need help on this one because I’m not quite sure where to start.I do plan to starteatinghealthier includingconsuming smaller portions and eating more fruit. I’m not so much concerned with the weight as I am with the size of my waist band. The goal is togo from a 40 to 38 with the ultimate goal being a 36. This is probably the biggest most challenging commitment and I’m sure I’m not alone here.

2.) Family – at a minimum, schedule one day a month where it’s just me and the girls. Also, schedule at least one date/month with the wife – no kids!

3.) Home – complete at least one “honey do” project per month.

4.) Financial – shoot for 10–15% return on investments; set up college savings plan for the girls.

5.) Work – achieve all of my work commitments and provide a major impact into the success of the Midwest district and Central region DPE organization (a little vague, I know).

6.)Sports – Golf: play more without effecting the other commitments; break 80 for the first time; get handicap down <12. Tennis: Start playing Tennis on a regular basis after a 10+ year hiatus.

7.) Lifestyle – Read at least 4 non-technical, non-business related books. I’m a slllloooowwww reader. My mind tends to wander when I read. I wonder if this is correctable?

8.) Organization and Time Management – get control of my Inbox and my home office. Also, figure out what the right life/work balance is.

9.) To blog more. And not to blog just to blog, but to blogabout the things that some people might find useful. I made a lot of good friends and contacts by blogging about Team System. My new job at Microsoft has taken me away from the time I had to research VSTS in depth. I’m now playing catch up with some of the *many* other technologies coming out of Redmond. I need to blog on the those “ah-ha” moments or those “isn’t this cool” tidbits I run across. The problem is, there’s already a large number of very smart and articulate people communicating those very things. I don’t need to add anything to the mix that isn’t already there. But if it isn’t, I’ll be sure to blog about it.

Well.. that’s it for now. I’m sure I can think of some more but I need to get the list out there. For someone that doesn’t believe in resolutions, I have quite a healthy list to live up to and I’m looking to you (the blogging community) to keep me to it.

With that, here’s to a happy and healthy ‘06 to everyone!

Categories: Personal

Introducing Baby Bost II

March 15th, 2005 3 comments

Wow! That was fast! Reached the hospital at 11:15PM, Baby “Girl” Bost II was born at 1:24AM in the morning. I was in the middle of posting an update when the doctor came in for the epidural, next thing I now,15 minutes to be exact,I have anotherbaby girl in my family. Wow! Mom and Baby are doing great.
Official measurements 19 1/4 inches and 6 pounds 6 oz.

I may still have time to make the CNUG meeting, but I think Kristi wouldn’t be all too happy about that. :)
[Update]: Brooke Ashley Bost

Categories: Personal

Baby Watch 2005

March 15th, 2005 No comments

We’re off to the hospital. Kristi’s contractions are about 5 minutes apart.

Wouldn’t you know it… the day before my CNUG presentation and my wife decides it’s time to deliver the baby. Her due date is March 26th which puts her at about 10 days early! Murphy’s law is certainly in effect. I put my chances of actually making the CNUG presentation at 30% and dwindling fast.

I’ll post as I can as the hospital has WiFi… in the rooms no less!!!

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