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Scoble is Leaving Microsoft

Posted by Program Manager on June 11, 2006

I realize this is all over the web, but I’m just getting it now. Robert Scoble, one of Technorati’s top 100 (#26 as of this morning) bloggers, is leaving Microsoft for startup PodTech.Net, Here are a collection of links that are a valuable read.

  • Scoble’s take – Link
  • Niall Kennedy’s Homage
  • Chris Pirillo – Link
  • Silicon Valley Watcher Article- Link

I’ve been reading Scoble for over a year now, and I must say that he is truly a blogging superstar. He is the first blogger that I can think of who did a great job of balancing his insider access as working for a major software company with his general geekdom passion by writing very openly about anything in the world of technology. While no one in the blogosphere will miss out with his continued postings, and Microsoft will continue to have over 3,000 other bloggers, they have certainly lost their heavy hitter in the blogging community. Good luck Robert!

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Digg to Expand Beyond Nerds

Posted by Program Manager on June 11, 2006

According to Rob Hof from Business Week, Digg’s CEO announced today that his team is hard at work to expand Digg beyond tech news and sites, and expand into news, politics, and all other worldly events. Read the full posting here.

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As usual, Joel is Right on Point

Posted by Program Manager on June 11, 2006

Joel Spolsky is an incredibly interesting author. He’s written a few books, posts regularly on his blog, and at the same time runs a successful software company. You can search through his blog and see some of his other postings on software management and development, his process and theories behind hiring summer interns, but I recently came across what I think is his best idea yet: The FogCreek MBA program. His premise is that to be ready to run a software company, an MBA doesn’t do you any justice, but he is planning a three year crash course for recent graduates that at the end should prepare them for anything the world of software has to throw at them.

You can read all about the FogCreek MBA program it here. Joel also posted a recommended reading list for this program that can be found here.

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More Reading for Development Managers

Posted by Program Manager on June 7, 2006

I've read Jack and Freakonomics. Not a bad list. I'll add to this in the near future with my pics.

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Google Introduces a Spreadsheet – Competition for Microsoft

Posted by Program Manager on June 7, 2006

There's plenty of press about this one, but I thought Scoble had a good quote:

I want better software. Competition brings better software. It gets product managers to worry about customers. It causes discussions of features that were long-ago decided on.

If you want to see the other articles, click here.

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Good Reading for Development Managers

Posted by Program Manager on June 7, 2006

I try to spend a few hours a week reading articles on the web. To me, the word "article" has a loose definition, but basically anything someone has taken time to put together that adds knowledge or value, I'll read if I can stumble across it. Here are this week's selections:

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Good Reading for Software Architects

Posted by Program Manager on June 6, 2006

My background is in software development and architecture, so here are some good blogs that I try to read regularly.

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Interesting Reads

Posted by Program Manager on June 6, 2006

I've added a link to my links section, but one blog that I've found very informative is Guy Kawasaki's (http://blog.guykawasaki.com). He has written a few books, and has plenty of experience in the VC space. He posts very frequently, here are a few of my favorite posts.

  • Top CEO Lies – Link
  • Top Engineer Lies – Link
  • Top VC Lies – Link
  • Scott McNealy Top 10 – Link

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