Entries from July 2007 ↓

One in Four Thousand: My Microsoft MVP Award

From Microsoft’s website: “Worldwide, there are over 100 million participants in technical communities; of these participants, there are fewer than 4,000 active Microsoft MVPs.”

About two weeks ago I joined the ranks of Microsoft MVPs in ASP.NET. My best estimate is that there are around 350 ASP.NET MVPs worldwide, and I feel truly honored to be among them.

The award was based on my blog, technical articles, open source and forum contributions, and user group involvement.

Perks include private forums, a certificate that’s nicer than my college diploma, a 1GB leather-bound thumb drive, a 1-year MSDN or TechNet subscription, and the MVP Summit, where Microsoft pays for all the MVPs to stay in lavish hotels in Redmond while they meet with their corresponding product teams.

Looks like it’s going to be a good year.

[tags]microsoft mvp, asp.net, programming[/tags]

Startup Studio: Excellent Startup Podcasts

I’ve been doing a lot of mundane work over the past few weeks, so to keep from nodding off and breaking my keyboard with my skull (some say I have an unusually thick head), I’ve been listening to podcasts. After hearing all 22 of the Micro-ISV shows at Channel 9, I ran out of material and hit Google searching for “startup podcasts.”

After weeding through a few generic entrepreneur sites (wanting sites with more of a tech-focus), I finally stumbled on Startup Studio. The rest of this post is going to sound like an advertisement, but it’s not; I haven’t received any services or money from Startup Studio, it genuinely struck me as a site you should hear about.

Here’s what I like about Startup Studio over other startup podcasts I’ve tried: Betsy Flanagan, the interviewer, is well-spoken and asks the right questions. I’m sure it’s crafty editing, but I never hear “ummmms” and “uuuuuhs,” I don’t have to listen to inane tales about the founder’s 9 cocker spaniels (this is either good editing or knowing when to cut people off), and each interview has included at least one nuggest of advice from a seasoned entrepreneur that I’ve never heard before.

In addition, the interviewees are people I’ve never heard interviewed, and they have interesting stories to tell; examples include the founder of WordPress, co-founder of FeedBurner, and the founder of Tazo Tea. So even though the site is not all about tech companies, the non-tech interviews are so well put together that I want to hear them.

If you’re into podcasting and startups don’t miss Startup Studio. I’m definitely subscribing to this one.

[tags]podcasts, startups, web 2.0[/tags]