Microsoft… Writing the Book

I often receive requests to share Microsoft experiences and stories. Over the past year, as more and more books about Steve Jobs have been released, I have also shared my personal experiences and interactions with Steve. And the requests have become more and more frequent… “You should write a book!” Recently that type of request turned into the assumptive “Where can I get your book?”

Okay. It is time. While a lot has been written about Steve Jobs and Apple, not as much has been written about Bill Gates and Microsoft, especially in the hyper-growth years where we went from $50MM in revenue and dead last in every category (except MS-DOS (Microsoft’s “Disc Operating System” for those of you not familiar with the acronym)). And what a rocket ride it was! We used to joke that the experience we received was worth multiple MBA’s and a few PhD’s. We were “drinking from the firehose of technology life”… The work done at Microsoft and Apple in that period was monumental in changing the world. And watching it happen “from the inside” was an incredible experience… and one that needs to be shared. I believe the experiences are relevant and valuable today to all businesses.

Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write the book. For some of you that has been a multi-year process.


What would you suggest as the title for my book?

And for those of you who were with me at Microsoft or Apple or other influential tech companies during that time, which stories do you feel need to be told — either again or for the first time?

Jar Jar Binks

Yesterday was May 4. Or, as Star Wars fans put it, “May the 4th be with you.”

For some reason that brought back to my mind the “least liked” character in the whole Star Wars series, Jar Jar Binks. JJ Abrams has been quoted as saying he will kill off the Gungan character in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens just as a gift to true Star Wars fans.

We all make mistakes. Even George Lucas.

The key: do we learn and grow? Or do we repeat the same mistakes over and over?

Bill Gates had Microsoft “Bob”, the friendly assistant character to help computer users. Bob would have been 20 years old this March, had he survived.

Perhaps he did. Today we’d call him “Cortana“. Or for the Apple fans, “Siri“. Perhaps Bob grew up after all?

Maybe JJ Abrams will “learn and grow” from the Jar Jar Binks experiment of George Lucas and let him develop a smarter future relative? Or not.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Life Keeps Getting Better and Better!

Yay! It is officially announced! Congrats to Sarah and John!!! Glad Chloe is studying up re:how to be a great “big sister”… Hint to Sarah and John: Chloe will need a saddle.  :-)

Chloe gets ready for Baby Price

Susan and I are excited to be Oma and Papa to Baby Price later this year!


No April Fool

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein on the definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing and expecting different results. So on this “April Fools Day”, I invite you to think about how you will no longer be a fool, doing the same thing and expecting different results. Spring cleaning is time to throw out the old and bring in the new. My spring cleaning is focused on Einstein’s quote… cleaning out the old that is not working and making room to bring in the new. Happy Spring cleaning!

April 1

Putting a DENT in the Universe

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist David Horsey has done a masterful job summarizing DENT. It is no surprise that many are listing DENT as one that belongs on your conference list, no matter how short your list is. Here is his article from the LA Times this week. Bravo to Jason Preston and Steve Broback. Dent was, again, an amazing event.


Image hybrid of David Horsey’s art from his presentation and Skip Franklin’s wit

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