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Why I’m Leaving Microsoft

Why I’m Leaving Microsoft

Looks like it’s about that time… after 7 years, I’m leaving Microsoft!  This may come as a shock to people who I’ve met over the years, so I’d like to give you all some insight.

This past year was a transformational year for me.  I had completed my responsibilities to launch the closest thing to a startup Microsoft had to offer.  My co-workers were leaving Microsoft in droves.  My product team was primarily based in Shanghai and, after the exodus, I was the only person left in Seattle.  Almost all of my closest friends had left the Seattle area.  My girlfriend and I broke up.  To top it all off, I was diagnosed with

About Paul Mestemaker

Paul Mestemaker is a full stack engineer /Product guy who splits time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He helps startups launch their MVPs and gather feedback through usability tests and live site metrics. In his former life, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios and System Center Advisor and Head of Product at Close Inc. He co-authored a book on SQL Server performance tuning. He has been rated as a top speaker at conferences (TechEd, PASS, Connections, et al). He is also a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities across the U.S. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views. Paul's proudest accomplishments is unlocking the "World Champ" achievement on Wordament.

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