One of my favorite features on Channel 9 (Microsoft’s video network for developers) is called Behind The Code. For these features they interview a senior technical person at Microsoft. Previous interviewees have included Jim Gray and Anders Hejlsberg. Recently they sat down for an interview with Microsoft Technical Fellow Peter Spiro.
Peter received a masters degree in computer science but only after spending time in Africa making charcoal, some years as a farmer and getting two degrees in forestry. He then went to work for Digital Equipment in their database development group. From there he moved to Microsoft and most recently worked on WinFS.
IN this interview he talks about life, designing database systems and leadership. I like how he really differentiates between managing and leading. Take a look, share it with students and other who may be interested in the personalities Behind The Code.