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James Whittaker is a technology executive focused on making the web a better place for users and developers. He is a former Googler, former professor and former startup founder. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw.

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft vs. Google: Part 1 Grassroots Innovation

    This is the first in a series of posts comparing aspects of the culture of Microsoft and Google from the viewpoint of the author who spent time at both. Today's topic is their approaches to grassroots innovation. Anyone who has worked at both companies can't help but to compare their culture, review...
  • Blog Post: Why I joined Microsoft

    I suppose that pointing out that the Google to Microsoft transition is not particularly rare won't suffice as an explanation so what follows is a more long winded account. For those uninterested in the finer points, here's the short version: I think much of what is happening in the mobile and web space...
  • Blog Post: Why I left Google

    Ok, I relent. Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn’t scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form. Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3 rd paragraph) or read it all. But a warning in advance: there is no drama here, no tell-all, no former colleagues bashed...
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