At eight years old I was programming Frogger in BASIC and checking out library books on Fortran by 4th grade. I graduated high school at sixteen and then ran away from home escaping poverty and bigotry. Hungry on the streets, I landed my first corporate programming job at seventeen and first startup at eighteen in Paris, France.
Later I joined Microsoft as part of a skunkworks project to build a competitor to Google Apps, which became Office365. I also helped ship the first version of Azure and was a pioneer in Microsoft adopting an open source philosophy.
I’m also a Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer and believe in its mission to defend and protect the Geneva Conventions. I believe in human rights and international law.
My favorite poem and battle cry is from Alice Walker:
“There is a rage in me to defy the order to the stars, despite their pretty patterns. To see if Gods on human thrones can will away my lust to dare, or press to order the anarchy I would serve.”