Microsoft vs. Google: Part 1 Grassroots Innovation

This is the first in a series of posts comparing aspects of the culture of Microsoft and Google from the viewpoint of the author who spent time at both. Today’s topic is their approaches to grassroots innovation.  Anyone who has worked at both companies can’t help but to compare their culture, review models, working habits and…

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Why I joined Microsoft

I suppose that pointing out that the Google to Microsoft transition is not particularly rare won’t suffice as an explanation so what follows is a more long winded account. For those uninterested in the finer points, here’s the short version: I think much of what is happening in the mobile and web space is broken…

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Why I left Google

Ok, I relent. Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn’t scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form. Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all. But a warning in advance: there is no drama here, no tell-all, no…

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