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Friday, August 15, 2008

Time for a potentially career limiting move?

After a (sarcastic) discussion last week about how soon everyone would be working for me one way or another I came to realize that I've come to learn much at Microsoft, and in that time have seen gaps that I believe only I can properly fill and as a result I think it is time to lead... not just a small group of developers, a team or even a division... but the entire company... something that if unsuccessful will almost certainly be a career limiting move.

With that in mind, I am announcing today my formation of an exploratory committee to explore the possibility of a bid for the office of President (and CEO) of the Microsoft Corporation.

Sure I'm young and haven't seen and learned all there is yet... but why should that stop me? I'm young(ish), idealistic, full of great ideas and even a fairly good speaker, heck, I figure that if Barack Obama can serve 143 days in the US Senate and think himself qualified to lead the United States... surely I'm qualified to lead Microsoft after my 144 days of working in Building 43.

Lets compare resumes:

  • Barack Obama was a community organizer
  • Brendan Grant is active in the developer community

  • Barack Obama will meet without precondition (but with preparations) with the enemies of this country in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries
  • Brendan Grant meet without precondition (but with preparations) with the competitors of this company in order to bridge the interoperability gaps that divide our technologies

  • Barack Obama has associated with people who hate America
  • Brendan Grant has associated with people who hate Microsoft

  • Barack Obama opposed the Iraq war from the beginning
  • Brendan Grant opposed Microsoft Bob from the beginning

  • Barack Obama supports universal healthcare
  • Brendan Grant supports ubiquitous computing

  • Barack Obama has been accused of playing the "race card" so as to defect criticism
  • Brendan Grant has been accused of playing the "it's not a bug it's a feature" card so as to deflect criticism

  • Barack Obama got his start on the mean streets of South Chicago
  • Brendan Grant got his start on the mean streets of South Dakota

And that's just a start… care to help bolster my campaign? Can you think of any other good comparisons?

More so... can I count on your support?


In all seriousness (no the above should not be in anyway construed as serious) at this point plenty are wondering "where is the similar comparison to John McCain?" (of whom I am not currently a supporter)… given that the Senator first began his time on Washington 1983… he has a few years on me in terms of experience and I figure I'd have to to wait about 16 years or 24 years before trying again (at least with the founding premise of this post)... though even then that might not qualify me for the CEO job as Steve Ballmer has been with Microsoft since 1980.


  • Come up with a platform for getting Microsoft onto the right side of the DRM wars, and you'll get my vote.

    By Anonymous Jim Lyon, at 11:22 AM  

  • skgfxnnpHooray! If I had any power, I'd vote you in as presdent of Microsoft. Heck, I'm not even a stock-holder. You are so very clever and incredibly smart, not to mention abundantly talented, handsome and related to Colleen Fitzsimmons Curran (which unfortunately will get you absolutely no where...the Colleen F. Curran part, I mean).

    Come and visit us in Utah. I promise you can ride "shot gun."
    Your loving Auntie,

    By Blogger GrammaColleen, at 3:57 PM  

  • Brendan.. it's james selden. Thought I'd stop by your blog. Congrats on the move to Seattle. Personally, I'm a Java guy so I don't care too much about your employer.. hehe.. kidding. Have you looked into Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) at all? Also, congrats on the weight loss too. I'd highly recommend you try drinking 4 cups of green tea a day. I can garrantee you'll lose an extra 10 pounds per month in addition to the weight loss you are already experiencing. Go to Costco and buy a box of 100 for just over 10 bucks. Are you on Facebook? Try to find me and add.

    By Blogger James, at 1:05 PM  

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