A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: Changes.

    I love my job.   I really do.  Not everyone gets to say that with as much passion as I can, so it’s a special privilege to be in this position (particularly in this economy). I believe that my role here at Microsoft Ca nada is one of the best in all of Microsoft.  The mission of the job...
  • Blog Post: Searching For The $1000 Laptop – Our New Ad…

    Video: Laptop Hunters $1000 – Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion
  • Blog Post: Wired – Ozzie wants to push Microsoft back into Startup mode

    I really enjoyed this article as it reflects a feeling I get internally everyday. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-12/ff_ozzie The keynote speaker at this past summer's TechReady conference—a gathering of 6,000 or so Microsoft engineers from around the world—was the company's chief software...
  • Blog Post: An Accordion, A New Addition, A Great Team and Big Challenges

    I like to think I have one of the best jobs at Microsoft Canada.  There is 2 equal reasons for that.  I am lucky enough to have an amazing group of people on my team (I’d go so far as to say the best group at Microsoft Canada). I love our team’s mission What’s our mission, you ask?  There...
  • Blog Post: Your Dream Job?

    Over on the developer connection blog there is a great video that highlights an open position we have on the team, along with the farewell videos from JL, who is leaving our team to head to Redmond (he will be missed!) Your Dream Job video - http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2008/10/10/your-dream...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Canadian Web Developers! Does This Sound Familiar?

    John has more Techdays news over on the Canadian Developer Community Connection Blog : Over the past few weeks, I've been working hard on the content for the Web Developer track of Microsoft Tech•Days Canada 2008 . Looking at the lighter side of this space, I took a break to come up with a few observations...
  • Blog Post: What's next for Visual Studio and .NET FX?

    All the details – direct from Soma’s blog : What's next for Visual Studio and .NET FX? It has been about 10 months since we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5.  The team has been working on a couple of things since then – we shipped SP1 for both VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 earlier this Summer...
  • Blog Post: We Are Hiring: ISV Platform Evangelist (Contract)

    ISV Tele-Developer Evangelist (1 Year Contract) Job Number: J0808-0069 - Contract Category: Developer & Platform Evangelism City: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada The ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Tele-Developer Evangelist is a member of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team whose overall...
  • Blog Post: We Are Hiring – Architect Evangelist

    Want to join the absolutely best team at Microsoft Canada?  We are hiring!   Architect Evangelist The Challenge: The mission of the Architect Evangelist (AE) is to demonstrate the value of new innovative Microsoft platform technologies by engaging with senior technical decision makers (TDMs...
  • Blog Post: I Am A PC

  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Canada Development Centre Opens In Vancouver

    The grand opening of the centre happened this past week.  It’s a unique facility because it is an extension of the product teams in Redmond.  Microsoft Canada is already an organization of 800+ people and we are really excited to have a facility like this north of the border.  Par, who...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2008 – Are you going?

    www.energizeit.ca This is our “capstone” event for the year (remember, when I say year, I am talking fiscal year – July – June). EnergizeIT is the premier event for Canada’s IT Technology Professionals.  This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 24, (the Saturday...
  • Blog Post: On CP24 talking about Dreamspark…..

    I was on CP24 yesterday talking about DreamSpark which is a program that enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge. Video: Dreamspark From Microsoft
  • Blog Post: Rick & Christian on Channel 10

    Over the last few months there has been a Microsoft-wide contest to encourage people to “improve the art of the demo”.  Two of our team – Rick and Christian – came in second place.  Not bad!!  The video is now up on Channel 10, check it out……. The art...
  • Blog Post: BillG Article In Today's Globe and Mail : What's right with young people today

    Check out the full article here .   "What's right with young people today BILL GATES Globe and Mail Update February 25, 2008 at 6:09 AM EST One of the striking things about human progress is that so many of the world's most important new ideas were the work of young people. From Isaac Newton...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - Empowering Students With The Best Tools - Free.

    It will be a big day for us Thursday.  Not only is BillG in town , but we are launching DREAMSPARK .  Are you a student (or know one) and need the best software in your hands?  No problem, we are providing our developer & design tools to you for free .   Bill Gates talks about...
  • Blog Post: From The ITPRO Connection Blog: Heroes Happen {Here} Events In Canada

      As everyone knows, we are on the eve of a major launch event for Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.  These are not just product launches, but our largest Technology Community outreach this year.  Here is a great post from Rick on our team outlining the activities...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen {Here} - Community Connection Events

    http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2008/02/04/community-connection-events-diamond-in-the-rough.aspx We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?".  I thought I'd spend a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server RC is released! (I love this product)

    Head over to the Windows Home Server blog to see the details of the public release candidate. There is also a great WHS blog from the UK called " We Got Served ". There you will find a cool list of add-ins . The public Home Server site is here . There is also the " Stop Digital Amnesia " site. I have...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: MatchIT - Connecting Canada's Technical Community with Charities In Need

    On behalf of the Developer, IT Pro and Community Affairs Teams here at Microsoft Canada I am pleased to announce the launch of MatchIT . This is a new Canadian online initiative designed to help bring together charities and non-profit organizations who have IT needs with Canada’s Technical Communities...
  • Blog Post: Popfly and Facebook. Mashup Love.....

    Microsoft has announced that we are jumping on the Facebook Platform train big time. Support in Popfly and Visual Studio Express . Check out coverage here , here and here . Technorati tags: Popfly , Microsoft , Facebook , Mashups , Developers
  • Blog Post: This speaks to our team mission.

    Thanks to Hugh for the inspiration. I think in many ways this is the core of our mission as an evangelism team. Our goal is to help Canada's Technical Communities achieve their goals and unlock their innovation. We work to find heros and tell their stories. It is about what the user has done - completely...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The New Hotmail

    The folks at our Online Services Group have launched the new version of Windows Live Hotmail . Windows Live Hotmail, the successor to MSN Hotmail, launched yesterday in Canada today, May 7 th , as part of a global release in 36 languages. The most significant upgrade for Hotmail since pioneering the...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Event Watch: EnergizeIT 2007

    Jean-Luc has all the news on the Canadian Developer Blog . EnergizeIT 2007 is coming on June 16th and it's shaping up to be a very exciting free Summer event! It's going to happen on a Saturday in downtown Toronto and it's a perfect opportunity for Developers and IT Pros to let loose and "Get Your Geek...
  • Blog Post: Out In The Cloud: Interview With Rick Segal

    Over on the Wellington Financial Blog , my friend and power-blogger Rick Segal is the subject of a featured interview. A few interesting quotes: Question #3. Is the Angel investor network in Canada robust enough? Answer: No. Another 10 million dollars in angel money flowing into new ideas, projects,...
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