Why I’m moving on from Microsoft

I think most people who know me personally by now know that I’m very shortly moving on from Microsoft to pastures new. For everyone else, I thought I should briefly explain what’s going on and what I’ll be doing next.

Basically the reason I’m leaving is that the Bing Commerce team I worked on wanted to consolidate all the team in Bellevue in the USA, and so asked me whether we wanted to move out to live in Washington State. After much deliberation we decided it wasn’t the right time to move halfway around the world, so that meant my current position was now redundant and hence I’ll be leaving the company around the end of November.

Microsoft has been a great company to work for, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some truly inspirational people. In particular in the last few years when working for teams mostly based in the US, I’ve had some great managers who’ve been flexible enough to allow me to work productively from the UK and find an arrangement that worked well for everyone. However, circumstances always change – particularly in big corporations like Microsoft when re-organisations are commonplace – and so it’s a good time for me to start doing something new.

I’m currently in the process of starting up a new software development company called Brave Location. I’m still figuring out exactly how things are going to work, but almost certainly it’ll be something to do around the things I’ve written about on here – enterprise scale web development, location-based services and mobile development.


Update (10/10/2010) : My time away from Microsoft didn't last long - see my post at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/john_pollard/archive/2010/10/10/back-at-microsoft-what-i-m-doing-now.aspx for more details on what I'm doing now