10 years at Microsoft today

Today, I celebrate 10 years at Microsoft! It seems like a recent memory when I graduated from college and was weighing my options between a technology career at Microsoft vs. an investment banking career at BoA/Merrill Lynch. I am glad I made the choice I did back then :)

Although this sounds cliche, it has truly been an amazing journey so far and I am really looking forward to what lays ahead. Sharing a few things I learned along the way and some highlights and in no particular order…

1. Go Big or Go home:

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My first manager on day 1 gave me a print-out of the Microsoft equivalent of the famous “Go Big or Go home” poster and I still have this in my office. It is a subtle and constant reminder of the privilege of working at a company like Microsoft where the potential impact of what we work on everyday is huge. Of course “going big” is relative. And I’ve had my share of humbling moments, but I am very thankful for receiving this advise early on in my career. It has helped shape my mindset around approaching work projects & challenges. Also, a key reason why this quote is one of my favorites:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”— Michael Jordan

2. “Usage hacking”:

3. Always be shipping:

4. It’s all about the people:

5. Embrace the code:

6. Epic ship-party:

7. Seeing (a bit of) the world:

8. Meeting Bill Gates:

9. Meeting President of Botswana at Microsoft:

10. Bonus: Hear Satya’s biz apps world view from 10 years ago

Here’s to the next 10+ years of fun at Microsoft!

Written by

@SatishThomas • Group Program Manager @MSFTDynamics • investing & poker enthusiast • from Botswana, now living in Seattle

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