# Monday, 14 October 2013

I feel like I've been preparing for this job for the last 5 years.

Today is my first day as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. I'll be heading to New Employee Orientation shortlly.

To say I'm excited about this opportunity would be a huge understatement.

My primary focus will be on helping people to build applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and helping them to use Windows Azure.

I'll be doing a lot of the things that I love to do and that I've done in my spare time for years - blogging, delivering technical presentations, learning new technologies, and helping others to build apps. But now it will be my day job, instead of something I need to make time for.

There will be challenges. For one, I need to quickly get up to speed on some of the technologies I'll be teaching. I've written and published a Windows 8 app and a Windows Phone app, but I'm still a novice. This needs to change in a hurry.

Also, I will be moving to Chicago soon and I need to get to know the developer community in the Chicagoland area. If you are a mobile developer (even on a non-Microsoft platform) and you live in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin, I'd love to hear from you.

Two things drove me to seek a career as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist:
  1. It will allow me to make a living learning and teaching - two of the things I enjoy the most.
  2. Every Microsoft Evangelist I have met - and I mean EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. - has been great. By that, I mean each is a sharp technologist; an intelligent, articulate communicator; and a good person. I'm excited to work on a team like this.

I am sad to leave behind some things. I have spent over 5 years as a consultant at Sogeti and I made many friends and learned a great deal. I can recommend Sogeti to anyone looking to work for or hire a good consulting company.

Also, in order to devote more time to my new job, I have resigned from the INETA Board of Directors and from the Telerik Insiders Program.

So, the past is the past and the next phase in my life begins now! I feel like I'm looking ahead in a way I have not done in years.

Monday, 14 October 2013 17:33:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Monday, 14 October 2013 13:30:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I couldn't be happier for you David. I think this is such a great opportunity for you. The Telerik Insiders Program's loss is very much Microsoft's gain :)

This must be so exciting - a brand new start in a brand new city. I hope I get to come and see you in The Windy City soon.

Take care, and all the very best of luck with your new adventure.

~ Rachel.
Monday, 14 October 2013 19:07:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congratulations! We'll miss you as an insider, but I'm sure we will chew some of the same dirt at community events!
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 20:45:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Welcome aboard, David! We'll get you crackin' on meeting all the great folks in the Midwest Developer community when you get here.
Saturday, 19 October 2013 19:37:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It is just what I was looking for and quite thorough as well.
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