Postcards from the Edge

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  • Blog Post: Sleepless in San Fran

    Here I am in sunny Frisco and attempting to adapt to PST. My feet barely touched the ground in the UK after my time in Eastern Europe, before I boarded a plane bound for the West Coast. Yet again I am surviving on a few hours sleep and cramming in as much time with friends & colleagues and experiencing...
  • Blog Post: The Art of Madrid

    EBAN threw a great conference in Madrid: BizSpark went down well with the Business Angel networks (helping save their portfolio companies money in the early years always popular) and the networking was very worthwhile. I met some great people and we heard some fantastic stories about angel investing...
  • Blog Post: Quelle Surprise!

    For me, the last few weeks have been delivered quite a few unexpected or unwelcome events; and a few nice surprises. The weather for one. Snow forced Heathrow (and CDG) to close down, leading to transport chaos across the UK and disruption for thousands. I arrived back from the US two days after I set...
  • Blog Post: Thanks Geoff

    I consumed with relish the series of Big Cat Live on BBC last week. Thankfully was not travelling (much) and could check in almost every evening for my fix. Just when I thought the lioness was the most impressive beast, I fell for the charms of the cheetah and her five (then three) cubs. Then the leopard...
  • Blog Post: Sign of the Times

    The one thing I manage to consume everywhere on my travels, regardless of timezone or climate, is the FT. These days it is full of desperate tales of economic decline, of course. Along with every other quality publication, every television channel and every outpost of communication from Beijing to Bognor...
  • Blog Post: CA dreamin'....

    This week sees our Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. I hear it's hot and humid. If you're not there in person you can see some of it online . Getting texts from the guys there. They get funnier as the night goes on. Whereas, I have just arrived in a hot and sunny San Fran, leaving a rather autumnal...
  • Blog Post: Flaming June

    After our Brussels summit it was time to get a bit closer to home for the BBAA conference in Brands Hatch (via Barcelona). The sun was still shining at that point. At the awards dinner the night before, I bumped into the very charismatic Richard Farleigh . Back in London, I caught up with Ian Robertson...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley to South Africa

    It's been a while since I had time to reflect and update my blog. Where did May go? After my US trip in April, things have been a little hectic. I spent the first week of May in SA meeting Partners, Govt officials, seeing our facilities and programs and discussing our plans with the local Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Blog Role

        Last week was a comedy of errors - without the comedy. Yet even when things are this crazy in this job (often) I can't help thinking how lucky I am to work with such a bunch of smart, funny, passionate, talented folks. If ever there two people that sum up the essence of this Gaping Void...
  • Blog Post: Hummousility

    Just back from a week at the mothership in Seattle and what a week it was. In order to prepare appropriately for a series of demanding sessions with our senior worldwide leadership team, we felt it necessary to hit the slopes first. Just as well I got some exercise to counter the calories consumed...
  • Blog Post: Talking American

    Day Seven of my trip to the US and my immersion in all things innovative and emerging. The downside of this is I find myself not annunciating words and rounding them instead with a "waahhhhhh" effect rather than delivering my usual crisp sentences (neutral tones of mostly non-specific European...
  • Blog Post: New Year optimism

    As most of the country goes back to work tomorrow after the festive break, I'm embarking on the first of what will likely be many business trips. Here I am in a (compact and rather bijou) Paris hotel room reflecting on the task ahead - trying to write my objectives and outline biz plan. Tomorrow I'm...
  • Blog Post: Denver Diary

    Last week saw 400+ UK Microsoft Partners and 8,000+ from around the globe descend on humid Denver, Colorado, for our Worldwide Partner Conference. WPC is a great forum to celebrate success as our fiscal year closes and we look ahead to the coming fiscal year. There seemed to a be a great buzz about...
  • Blog Post: Reaching the Regions

    Firstly, apologies for neglecting my blog in recent weeks. I would like to say it is because I have been lying on a beach in the Med being fed grapes and pina coladas by Carlos, without my PC and mobile device but, alas, I have been somewhat distracted with year-end and new fiscal year planning at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Congrats to Xero team

    Bit of a milestone for my mate Mr Drury and his team of star players in Wellington, NZ, last week. Listing on the stock exchange is Xero's first step towards world domination me thinks. Warm fuzzy feeling seeing this. They are a great bunch, it's a killer Web 2.0 app, and I can't wait to help them...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from Danang

    Hello from the coast of central Vietnam - what a fab place ! Being a bit of a beach bum, this means I am in heaven. I've spent my bank holiday weekend lying on the sunbed, swimming in the South China Sea, and eating the most incredible (healthy) Asian cuisine. OK enough, enough..... I hear it's raining...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from Hanoi

    PRESS RELEASE Microsoft Initiative Helping Facilitate Greater Alliances Between UK and Vietnam Software Economies Highlighted by the participation of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a delegation of UK companies hears about Microsoft Corporation’s commitment to facilitating high-value cross...
  • Blog Post: Not so grim Up North....(or East or West)....

    Recently my job has taken me to Rotherham, Leeds, London and Cambridge. How glamorous I hear you say. The meeting with the Music Factory guys was simply inspiring. I took a look at u-xplore . Wow. Andy describes this as as a solution that "helps connect the business community of today with the business...
  • Blog Post: China's lack of talent

    A recent McKinsey report highlights some of the challenges faced in China around the quality of their graduates, pointing out that their dominance around manufacturing and IT oustourcing won't necessarily mean leadership in the service industries. Poor english language skills are thought to be a factor...
  • Blog Post: Globalisation & Immigration

    George Magnus (senior economic advisor at UBS) writes in this month’s BA Business Life about skilled migrants – how the people arriving in the UK these days are often not escaping poor countries – but rather are “simply choosing to work in countries other than those of their birth”. I am a case in...
  • Blog Post: It's only a game.......

    Saturday was pure edge-of-seat entertainment (if you can call it that) with three of the final Six Nations games back to back. It was St Patrick's Day. My brother was over visiting from Dublin. I had arranged dinner for 12 of us that night. The fizz was chilling in the fridge. Surely this was our year...
  • Blog Post: Talking of Ray Ozzie.....

    I drove through the snow to meet with Ted Okada yesterday. What a guy. He came into MS as part of the Groove acquisition and now works for Ray as Director Humanitarian Systems. Who they? Their vision is "by taking on some of the most challenging collaboration problems in the least served areas of the...
  • Blog Post: Planes, Trains, Rugby.....and airport lounges...

    Sometimes the small things make a big difference. Like getting my BA silver card back last month. When I was at Marconi, travelling everywhere on fully flexible tickets in Business Class (managing budgets not a strong point perhaps?) - even though I travelled more often on Lufthansa to Munich and Berlin...
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