Friday, May 31, 2013

It's day n at Amazon

I started at Amazon only nine months ago, and today is my last day. There have been many interesting things I've done and learned at Amazon, including two submitted patent applications and at least as many in the pipeline.

Microsoft has wooed me away with the promise of massively parallel data processing. I start Monday within the Bing Information Platform. My commute to Bellevue will certainly be longer than to downtown Seattle, so we may end up moving to the east side in the near future.

Truth be told, I've not been terribly enthused about what I've been doing on Amazon's Personalization Platform team. That's not to say that I'm bitter. Far from it. While I haven't been enthused about Amazon, I found it to be a great experience, and I think I've grown quite a bit in the last year in many ways.

For my last day, I did get to sign my third patent application, which was rather interesting timing on an idea I've cultivated over the last few months. With every patent application, Amazon gives its employee contributors a clear acrylic puzzle piece:

I turned down the first two pieces in order that I not waste a hunk of plastic. (For most people that know me well, this comes as no surprise.) When I signed this application, I didn't have the time to turn the piece down, so I promptly gave the piece to a co-worker.

I'm rather excited about the prospects within Bing. I never thought I'd be working at Microsoft, and I consider myself very fortunate to have a chosen career that I enjoy and that affords me opportunities to work on interesting projects and to live in a region that I enjoy so much.

So once again, the adventure continues.

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