First, thanks to everyone who wrote yesterday here, on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to say congratulations. It’s exciting for me to be back to work, working for a company I respect and know, and working in Canada. I’ve spent my morning at the Communitech Hub, and all morning long people have been dropping by to introduce themselves.
I intend to spend most of my time interacting directly with entrepreneurs in the start-up community. I don’t have an office, but you’ll be able to find me two or three days a week at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener. Microsoft has a space there, and it seems like the best place to hang out. So if you’re around, drop by and say Hi! Or ask questions about Bizspark, or the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program. I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability. And we’re working on getting a few more local Microsoft employees to hang out here part time as well — it’s certainly better than braving the traffic on the 401 to Microsoft’s Canadian HQ in Mississauga.
I’ll also get out to Toronto, and other start-up centres through Canada as I’m able.
Some things are going to change, and I’m not just talking about my business card.
BlackBerry fans have asked if I’ll keep using a BlackBerry phone. I’m sorry to say, no. I’ve been issued a brand new Nokia phone, and it will become my main device as soon as I can port my phone number over. Similarly, my Mac is going to be replaced with a Windows laptop running Windows 8.1. I will continue to use BBM, but until BlackBerry ports BBM Channels to Windows Phone, my BBM channel is going to lie fallow.
One intriguing question I spotted on CrackBerry was about cross platform development tools. While I’m personally in favour of portable application development frameworks for HTML5, or portable platforms like Qt and tools like Cordova, unlike my time as a BlackBerry employee, I don’t have any direct influence over tool development programs. And, I suspect that Microsoft’s large evangelism team has already reached out to those folks.
Once again, thanks for the welcome and good wishes. And drop by the hub for a chat.