Leaving Microsoft

After two and a half years working with the ASP.NET team, I’ve decided that this is the right time to leave Microsoft and, with the help of some friends, re-launch my ASP.NET training and consulting company. The company has the modest name Superexpert. JumpForJoy

While working on my Ph.D. at MIT, I was surrounded by professors and students who were passionate about knowledge. During the Internet boom, I was lucky enough to work side-by-side with some very smart and hard-working people to create several successful startups. However, the people I worked with at Microsoft were among the smartest and hardest working.

Microsoft hires a small number of people and gives them huge responsibilities. It continues to amaze me that so few people work on the ASP.NET team when you consider how much the team produces.

I had the opportunity to work with a number of inspiring people at Microsoft. I’ll miss working with Scott Hunter, Dave Reed, Boris Moore, Eilon Lipton, Scott Guthrie, James Senior, Jim Wang, Phil Haack, Damian Edwards, Vishal Joshi, Mike Pope, Jon Young, Dmitry Robsman, Simon Calvert, Stefan Schackow, and many others.

I’m proud of what we accomplished while I was working at Microsoft. We reached out to the jQuery team and changed direction from Microsoft Ajax to jQuery. We successfully contributed several important new features to the open-source jQuery project including jQuery Templates, jQuery Data-Linking, jQuery Globalization, and (as John Resig announced at the last jQuery conference) jQuery Require.

I’m looking forward to returning to training and consulting. We want to focus on providing consulting on the “right way” of building ASP.NET websites, which we call Modern ASP.NET applications. By Modern ASP.NET applications, I mean applications built with ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, HTML5, and Visual Studio ALM. Additionally, we want to help companies that have existing ASP.NET Web Forms applications migrate to ASP.NET MVC.

If you are interested in having us provide training for your company or you need help building a custom ASP.NET application then please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at Superexpert.com.

Discussion

  1. Lee Dumond says:

    Best of luck Steve. You will be sorely missed, both by MS and by those of us who relied on your expert guidance.

    (P.S. Hope this means you can go back to writing more books!)

  2. Jay says:

    All the very best, Steve.

  3. Elijah Manor says:

    It was great getting to know you and work with you. I hope our paths continue to cross as you are now starting a new adventure. Hope all goes well!

  4. Artur says:

    Good luck!

  5. Dave Ward says:

    Sad to see you go, Stephen. Best of luck in your new venture.

  6. Dan Atkinson says:

    Best of luck for the future!

  7. Haacked says:

    Good luck with the consulting and training! Always exciting to start a new adventure. 🙂

  8. Good luck, are you going to keep blogging here?

  9. Roland says:

    It is sad to see you leave MS :s

    I hope you will write as good books as you did in the past :pp

    All the best 😉

  10. Scott koon says:

    Best of luck with the new/old venture! I know you’ll have a lot of success.

  11. Congrats on the move and best of luck!!

  12. alexanderb says:

    Best luck to you Stephen! You are great trainer, so I hope you will stay in confortable zone 🙂

  13. You’ll be missed, Stephen!

  14. Best luck to you Stephen!
    En Español:
    La mejor de las suertes Maestro!! gracias por todo el conocimiento compartido!

  15. folorunso says:

    No noonooooooo !! Walther why !!!?? This is really really sad !! But anyways i will always be your fan! You brought me into the ASP.NET MVC world !! I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.God bless you and your family.

  16. Yash says:

    Good Luck Stephen!

    I learned so many things from your blogs.

    wish you all the best.

    -Yash

  17. Jack says:

    Best Wishes and Good Luck!