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A Look At Life After Microsoft

The Microsoft Alumni Network, a group of ex-Microsofties, held an after-the-holidays party at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, and Puget Town was there, video camera in hand. They were asking people what they were doing post-Microsoft, and the answers are interesting.

Seems like there’s a bit of a tendency for former employees of a big company to join together and create a small company together, which makes for an opportunity that has not been tapped: Satellite firms. Wouldn’t it be cool if Microsoft offered a retirement package, where former employees could leave the company but start firms funded by Microsoft, so long as Microsoft received some sort of benefit from the program (like first rights to buy the small business, requiring the website use Microsoft ads and servers, letting Microsoft employees have access to source code)?

A lot of people, once they’ve made their mark, and their money, at a big company like Microsoft, they leave it to do something they really love. By funding employees’ retirement plans, Microsoft could find a way to keep ex-employees within the family, contributing shared source code and giving advice to current employees, while those ex-employees could go off and start their own, mostly-independent companies. That would be a huge perk to working at Microsoft, knowing that it would eventually fund your brilliant startup idea, and it would stem the tide of people leaving Microsoft for more free pastures.

January 24th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, General | 2 comments

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  1. Nathan, Thanks for the ping! Would you let me know if you become aware of any other events I might want to show up at with my camera? I am very happy to share the love with you!


    Heather Flanagan

    Comment by Heather Flanagan | January 24, 2007

  2. Well, Heather, I’m in New York, so I doubt you’ll want to fly down here. Next Tuesday, we’ll have the Windows Vista launch, and I’ll be there myself, camera in hand. As for stuff in the Seattle area, I’ll keep my eye out for something.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | January 25, 2007

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