It’s been a hard week or so. Or 400 years. Depends when you’re counting from.

Maybe it’s the quarantine — we’ve all been cooped up, longing for connection to each other, to something. Maybe it’s the quick succession of notorious violence against innocent African Americans following Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud…


A lot has happened since I wrote about leaving Microsoft in 2014. Since then I’ve worked at two start-ups, had two kids, and returned to Microsoft to find what I was missing the first time around — a meaningful role where I felt I was learning, growing, and making a…


Last weekend Snapchat ran its first ad. And while the trailer for the movie Ouija is being heralded as a success, I think it reveals much about the shortcomings of the social network.

Maybe I’m old (not in Snapchat’s core demographic), maybe I’m slow (didn’t have much use for Twitter…


Yesterday Lu turned two months old. Do know what present healthy babies get on such a day? They get their first big dose of vaccinations. Not exactly a pizza party, but beats the heck out of polio.

The shots made her scream like crazy. We held her as she shook…


I had been meaning to write to you while you were in your mom’s belly, but you surprised us by coming a little early! Maybe that’s the first lesson — you can’t plan everything, which knowing your genes you’re likely to think you can. …


Let me save you $400, 6 hours of your life, and considerable frustration by imparting upon you the key takeaways from the Tufte course I attended here in Seattle last week.

I may have gone in with hopes too high. I expected him to discuss the general principles of visualizing…


I had a great July 4th weekend here in Seattle, spending most of it grilling meat on various roof decks and patios. During one such session, I had a friend pitch me their idea for a new business venture.

On Monday, July 7th, I wrote back on my walk to…


There’s no question I get asked more often about leaving Microsoft. Sure, people want to know what start-up culture is like (Ping pong table? Check. Kegerator? Check.) And folks who have never worked at a start-up want to know about how risky an endeavor it is. I would have expected…


The Haverford Center for Careers and Professional Advancement asked me to write a post about the importance of using LinkedIn for college students to connect with alumni. Here’s what I said…

I used to think “networking” was a pejorative term, one that described the unsavory, backroom schmoozing that gave the…


Today is my last day at Microsoft.

It’s been quite a journey from my first visit to Redmond three years ago. But after a summer internship and 18 months on the job full time, it’s time for Microsoft & me to part ways.

This may come as a surprise to…

Jonathan Aisenberg

student of business, lover of the internet

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