Jeff Sandquist scores one for Microsoft

I told you Jeff Sandquist is smart and is one guy I could rely on at Microsoft to get shit done (he was my boss when I was at Microsoft). He just convinced Jon Udell to come to Microsoft. Wow. I think it’s funny that Jon asked himself whether he’d be Microsoft’s new “Scoble.” Hell, I was trying to be as good as Jon Udell was (and I came up short — he’s a coder that can explain how to program to other people, and has far more influence among developers than I’ll ever hope to have).

In other Microsoft news, Mike Sax says Microsoft just signed away custody of its third-born child: All the file formats for Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now under the custody of ECMA, an independent standards body.

One other thing about Jon Udell: to me he was InfoWorld. He’s the only reason I’ve been following that brand. It’s a HUGE loss for InfoWorld.

I haven’t commented much on the other hire that Jeff Sandquist made: Larry Larsen. But he rocks too. This team has raised my expectations for what will happen at Microsoft now. Two rock stars from the journalism world. Larry worked for Poynter Institute and is a major geek.

One thing I’ve learned: a manager is judged by the quality of people he hires and/or keeps happy. Jeff Sandquist has two three grand-slam home runs. (I forgot about Rory, thanks Dare for reminding me).

Yes, Rex, Microsoft just acquired a superstar media brand.

Techmeme link.

Comments

  1. Hiring such a well respected Tech guy is a great move by Jeff and a good move for Jon as he is now placed at the nexus between open source, OSX and Microsoft.

    What was the name of that blogger from the Valley who blogged for Microsoft for two years?

  2. Hiring such a well respected Tech guy is a great move by Jeff and a good move for Jon as he is now placed at the nexus between open source, OSX and Microsoft.

    What was the name of that blogger from the Valley who blogged for Microsoft for two years?

  3. [...] by: newtelligence dasBlog 1.8.5223.1 Sign In Friday, 08 December 2006 Jon Udell is leaving InfoWorld and Joining My Team At Microsoft You know those secrets that you just want to tell everyone about, but can’t?  I’ve had oneof those for the last couple of months.  I guess it was back in October my good friend Mr. John Montgomery sent me a note saying that I really needed to get to know Jon Udell better.  From there a series of wonderful emails, phone conversations and face to face discussions occured on a Redmond trip to meet the team. Jon and I worked through what it would mean/take for him to come and work at Microsoft a couple of weeks ago the deal became official. Jon announced this morning on his InfoWorld blog that he is joining my team as a full-time employee of Microsoft.  In Jon’s new role he’ll be creating screencasts, podcasts and conducting interviews for Channels 9 and 10.  If you’ve never heard a Jon Udell podcast before or viewed one of his screencasts, you really need to.  You are in for a treat. It is exciting.  Jon has a fresh take on so many things and that combined with his long time industry experience will be so valuable to us in Evangelism.  Jon is a natural story teller, I find that I don’t want our conversations to end when we get on the phone so I can’t wait to see what he’ll do once he’s on fulltime. Jon’s taking a brief break and will be joining us in the New Year.  Once he’s on board we’ll post an interview and announce the URL where you’ll find his content over on http://www.on10.net Tracking coverage: Rex HammockTechMemeDave WinerPaul MooneyAlex BarnettScobleJames Governor (Holy Crap Microsoft Just Got Awesome)Follow it all on Techmeme. (I can’t keep up) technorati tags: channel+9, 10, evangelism+network, jon+udell 12/08/2006 07:51:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)    Comments [1]   [...]

  4. [...] Scoble likes this move and “forgot” about Rory (ouch): I think it’s funny that Jon asked himself whether he’d be Microsoft’s new “Scoble.” Hell, I was trying to be as good as Jon Udell was (and I came up short — he’s a coder that can explain how to program to other people, and has far more influence among developers than I’ll ever hope to have). [...]

  5. That’s huge – Jon is a great combination of writing skills, nose for trends, and technical skills wrapped into one. Nicely done.

  6. That’s huge – Jon is a great combination of writing skills, nose for trends, and technical skills wrapped into one. Nicely done.

  7. [...] Jon Udell joins Microsoft Channel 9 Jon Udell is leaving InfoWorld and joining Microsoft. He will join the same group (Channel 9) where Robert Scoble worked. I met Jon 5 years ago when I was at Groove Networks and Jon was writing for InfoWorld. Jon not only writes about technology, he is a very skilled software technologist. Scoble says about Jon “Wow. I think it’s funny that Jon asked himself whether he’d be Microsoft’s new “Scoble.” Hell, I was trying to be as good as Jon Udell was (and I came up short — he’s a coder that can explain how to program to other people, and has far more influence among developers than I’ll ever hope to have). And here is what Jon had to say about Scoble: “Robert played a key role in a grand experiment to make Microsoft’s development processes more transparent. Channels 9 and 10, and the hundreds of Microsoft blogs throughout the organization, are evidence that the experiment is succeeding. I’ve proposed a different experiment. I’ll continue to be a channel for alpha geeks. But I also want to become a channel for a whole lot of civilians in the mainstream. And above all, I want to build bridges between these two groups.” James Governor says “Holy crap, Microsoft just got awesonme. Jon and JJ (Allaire) and Ray (Ozzie) – are the soul of a new Microsoft.” Most people in the software development community know Jon Udell. He is a superstar writer and technologist. He has a different writing style than Scoble, no one can replace Scoble. However, Jon is a software coder who not only writes about it, he codes it, tests it, and digs down into feature/function comparisons better than anyone I know. Microsoft scored big getting Jon on the team! Congratulations to Jeff Sandquist for hiring Jon. Published Friday, December 08, 2006 3:33 PM by Don Dodge [...]

  8. Robert, on the one hand I simply love you — You have a selflessness, a Thomas-Aquinas-type view of the world, that is all too rare today.

    But you can also be blind…Did you listen to Udell’s audio blog on why he took your job at Microsoft? All the reasons you never should have left that company in the first place.

  9. Robert, on the one hand I simply love you — You have a selflessness, a Thomas-Aquinas-type view of the world, that is all too rare today.

    But you can also be blind…Did you listen to Udell’s audio blog on why he took your job at Microsoft? All the reasons you never should have left that company in the first place.

  10. Joe: yes, I did.

    But, I’m having a ball. Have you missed how many CEOs I’ve interviewed in the past three months?

    Not to mention I don’t have to fly twice a month just to see my son.

    Not to mention I live near a beach now.

    Not to mention that I get to study what it’s like to work for the VC-funded industry now.

    Not to mention I am in the middle of Silicon Valley and get to hang out at Google’s and Yahoo’s headquarters now (so can study the tech industry from a whole different point of view than if I were up in Redmond).

  11. Joe: yes, I did.

    But, I’m having a ball. Have you missed how many CEOs I’ve interviewed in the past three months?

    Not to mention I don’t have to fly twice a month just to see my son.

    Not to mention I live near a beach now.

    Not to mention that I get to study what it’s like to work for the VC-funded industry now.

    Not to mention I am in the middle of Silicon Valley and get to hang out at Google’s and Yahoo’s headquarters now (so can study the tech industry from a whole different point of view than if I were up in Redmond).

  12. Robert, I am most persuaded by not having “to fly twice a month just to see my son.” I have two daughters, one born just over a week ago, and fully acknowledge that children give meaning to life.

    That said, I also think that, from a long-term perspective, “having a ball” falls short of working for a company with a future.

    If your position is that being near (1) Patrick and (2) Silicon Valley’s career trappings outweigh having a job in a year when web 2.0 crashes, I can appreciate that. It’s a “reasonable position,” as they say, but it’s not one I would choose.

    Finally, praying this doesn’t come across as self-promotion, feeling I owe you some insight as to where I come from: I’m a lawyer working for the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC. (You can go to federalreserve.gov and search on “joseph p. baressi” to be buried in all the numbing paperwork I’ve been involved with.) Anyway, my background is one of financial analysis…thus, my continual harping about companies with futures.

  13. Robert, I am most persuaded by not having “to fly twice a month just to see my son.” I have two daughters, one born just over a week ago, and fully acknowledge that children give meaning to life.

    That said, I also think that, from a long-term perspective, “having a ball” falls short of working for a company with a future.

    If your position is that being near (1) Patrick and (2) Silicon Valley’s career trappings outweigh having a job in a year when web 2.0 crashes, I can appreciate that. It’s a “reasonable position,” as they say, but it’s not one I would choose.

    Finally, praying this doesn’t come across as self-promotion, feeling I owe you some insight as to where I come from: I’m a lawyer working for the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC. (You can go to federalreserve.gov and search on “joseph p. baressi” to be buried in all the numbing paperwork I’ve been involved with.) Anyway, my background is one of financial analysis…thus, my continual harping about companies with futures.

  14. Deepak -

    “This is a great hire. Jeff deserves a promotion just for pulling this off.”

    Two reasons this won’t happen:

    1. Jeff is too good at what he does, so promoting him out of this position would be nuts

    2. He’s the best boss I’ve ever had, and I’m not letting anybody take him away

    Item #2 is the most important reason. Item #1 is just something I threw in so that it wouldn’t appear as though I’m *totally* biased.

    I’m only, like, 98% biased.

    That’s all.

    (He *should* get a pay raise and a nice bonus, though.)

  15. Deepak -

    “This is a great hire. Jeff deserves a promotion just for pulling this off.”

    Two reasons this won’t happen:

    1. Jeff is too good at what he does, so promoting him out of this position would be nuts

    2. He’s the best boss I’ve ever had, and I’m not letting anybody take him away

    Item #2 is the most important reason. Item #1 is just something I threw in so that it wouldn’t appear as though I’m *totally* biased.

    I’m only, like, 98% biased.

    That’s all.

    (He *should* get a pay raise and a nice bonus, though.)

  16. [...] InfoWorld has an informative post on journalist/author Jon Udell’s decision to leave InfoWorld and become Microsoft’s new technical evangelist. He succeeds Robert Scoble, who commented on the announcement  in “Jeff Sandquist scores one for Microsoft.” Sandquist comments on the move in “Jon Udell is leaving InfoWorld and Joining My Team At Microsoft.” [...]

  17. Joe: I know I’m taking a risk, but I also believe PodTech is a company with a future. Certainly I’ve already been able to pull in enough revenue with my Seagate sponsorship to go for a while.

  18. Joe: I know I’m taking a risk, but I also believe PodTech is a company with a future. Certainly I’ve already been able to pull in enough revenue with my Seagate sponsorship to go for a while.

  19. Microsoft’s PR blogger hire – Udell replaces Scoble

    At The Inquirer Martin Veitch has just announced that Microsoft has strengthened its PR blogging credentials with the hiring of media blogger Jon Udell. Martin’s edited IT Week for long enough to know how Microsoft’s PR operation works, and has

  20. RE Joe Baressi’s thoughts:

    Joe: You’re a lawyer. You work for the Feds. To put it mildly, you’re not a risk-taking guy.

    Some folks are. They’re driven by a vision. Surprisingly to some, things often work out as well for them in life as for the risk-averse. And they’re the folks that make new stuff happen.

    – stan

  21. RE Joe Baressi’s thoughts:

    Joe: You’re a lawyer. You work for the Feds. To put it mildly, you’re not a risk-taking guy.

    Some folks are. They’re driven by a vision. Surprisingly to some, things often work out as well for them in life as for the risk-averse. And they’re the folks that make new stuff happen.

    – stan

  22. [...] From Don Dodge: Jon Udell is leaving InfoWorld and joining Microsoft. He will join the same group (Channel 9) where Robert Scoble worked. I met Jon 5 years ago when I was at Groove Networks and Jon was writing for InfoWorld. Jon not only writes about technology, he is a very skilled software technologist. [...]