I've been in a few startups, I owe my house to one successful streak and so when I spend time with folks in today's "Startup" way of life I can't but help get itchy feet at times.
I have no real intentions of leaving Microsoft any time soon, and yet the more I see some of the roadmap's ahead around our products or future approach, I can't but help see gaps. Gaps that could be filled with the right business idea or focus. I at times shop around internally to any who want these ideas and I ask for nothing in return, other than to simply see these gaps being filled.
I say this out loud as when you listen to a CEO of a startup talk about their product, they do so with passion and excitement. They also have determination and they firmly believe they are on the right path. Money can be a driver, but mostly it's about passion and a belief that with the right amount of capital, they could blow Facebook, YouTube or whatever brand they are using as a benchmark; out of the water.
You know what, with technology the way it is today and how fast good ideas spread, these folks may just do that.
I have no doubt that the day I do decide to leave Microsoft, I'll be doing it to jump into the startup craze once again and try my hand one more time at building a great idea. Only this time, I'm sure there are more resources available, as in 1998-2000 it was bleeding edge - literally (I was working on my first RIA product until 3am, the morning of my wedding day - low point)
I'm glad Microsoft has a program for start-ups, as it's hard enough to make it in this harsh landscape we call the Internet and any help that can be thrown their way has got to be a good investment in our future.
Now look to our competitors and compare, see we as a company aren't that bad if you give us a chance ;)