A year ago, Amazon contacted me to see if I'd be interested in joining a team that does personalization using machine learning for Amazon subsidiary companies (Zappos, IMDB, Audible, LOVEFiLM, ShopBop, and so on). Within about a month, I had been flown out to Seattle, interviewed and was made an offer the next day -- as Andrea and I were sitting at a Starbucks discussing an apartment we had just looked at. Yesterday, I notified my manager that I intend to leave Amazon at the end of the month.
To make a long story short, I am leaving Amazon to go do work that I think and hope will be more fitting of my interests and passion. While I thought I'd be at Amazon a lot longer than nine months, I think it's best for me to make this change.
Starting Monday, June 3rd, I'll be working for Microsoft's Bing Information Platform using their massively parallelizable data processing language, SCOPE, and its corresponding scalable, distributed filesystem, Cosmos. For my friends at LexisNexis, SCOPE is analogous to ECL while Cosmos is very Thor-like (as best as I can tell, as of now).
I'm actually very excited about this change. The position I've accepted sounds quite interesting, and while the language and systems I'll use are new to me, the concepts are very familiar, given my six years at LexisNexis Risk.