From small company CTO to Microsoftie

A lot of people I know here, at Microsoft, and from my previous jobs are very interested in the details my particular transition. I owned my own startup ISV, named Sapago, which was profiled on MicroISV and was written about in RFID Journal, Internet Retailer, POP Design, The Wise Marketer and many others. My product also won the CRM/Microsoft Best in Show award at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July.


Prior to forming Sapago I was chief technology officer of software ISV, Ecometry Corporation. Ecometry is an integrated retail industry suite of enterprise applications including purchasing, point of service, mail order and phone order entry, shipping and inventory management, customer service and returns management, ecommerce functionality and many other functions. The company has nearly 400 customers who include Nordstrom, Time-Life, Nine West, Urban Outfitters, Brookstone, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Levenger, Delia's, Hammacher Schlemmer, Hickory Farms, Ross-Simons, Lego, QVC, and PC Mall.


I was CTO when the CEO, John Marrah, joined with Golden Gate Capital in December 2005 to buy the privately held company from the founders and left about one month later, just prior to the acquisition of Blue Martini to found Sapago. As CTO of Ecometry my responsibilities included product research & development, R&D, QA & automation, configuration management & distribution, doc & product management. This involved about 55 of the company’s 165 or so employees.


In addition I was the CIO of a 600 person direct marketing company in Miami and the CTO of a .com in San Francisco.


Today I am a release manager in the Connected Systems division at Microsoft. Connected System is part of the Server & Tools business unit and encompasses BizTalk, Commerce Server, RFID, Windows Workflow Foundation, Indigo and Web Services Enhancements, Host Integration Server and other products.


So there are several questions that people ask and I plan on answering these in the coming posts.  If there are other questions that you would like me to add to the list please comment or email me with your suggestion. My initial list includes


Why leave your own startup to join Microsoft?

What do you do at Microsoft?

Why not seek another CTO position?

Why Microsoft as opposed to other large companies?

What was it like to interview at Microsoft?
Did you feel like you had a bigger impact as an executive of a smaller company?

What are your goals at Microsoft?

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