What is Beyond Yoda?

For the past 10 years, like many bloggers, I’ve blogged off and on with some periods that were really active and other times when I’ve focused on other parts of my life. The past two years have been all about understanding China. I’ve immersed myself in learning the language, meeting friends in my new home and getting to know the business and technology landscape. Although I feel like I’ve learned a lot over these past few years, I also know I’ve barely scratched the surface which is why I’m so excited for what the coming years will bring as I continue my China journey. In summary I can say that, I LOVE CHINA!

I love this old Beijing ride that sits outside my door
I love this classic Beijing ride that sits outside my door.

So… What’s the name "Beyond Yoda" all about? As I did some soul searching on where I want to focus the next chapter in my blogging journey a few topics just kept bubbling to the surface, Cloud Computing and Big Data. Those are areas that I’ve focused my career on and are also trends that I believe will just continue to become more important through this decade. But I wasn’t happy with just focusing on technology… I’m surrounded by a lot of brilliant people whether they are friends, family, colleagues at Microsoft, leaders of China’s top tech companies, developers launching the next startup or seasoned VCs. I love talking to these people about the future evolution of society and technology which leads me to "Beyond Yoda".

Yotta kind of sounds like Yoda.

The yottabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one septillion bytes (one quadrillion gigabytes).

1024 bytes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes  -Wikipedia

Now that’s Big Data!

But… What’s Beyond that?  Not just from a data perspective but from the perspective of life…  The evolution of society…  The evolution of technology…  My own evolving path.

Hence Beyond Yoda was born.

Here I will explore my thoughts around business focusing on China and other emerging markets, technology focusing on Cloud Computing, Big Data and Connected Apps, and adventure which is easy to find living in the heart of Beijing!

Please contact me anytime you have suggestions on how I could improve the site or if you’re interested in linking up over drinks to talk about the trends in technology and society.

Middle Kingdom Here I Come!

Back in March of 2008 I wrote a series of posts about doing business in China, high context communication and Guanxi.  These were inspired while I was attending an internal Microsoft event.  Earlier this year during a similar event, inspiration struck again and now I’m moving to Beijing!  I’ll continue to focus on driving adoption of Microsoft’s data platform, Cloud and Web technologies with a laser focus on the Chinese market.

imageI see this move as a pivotal next step in my personal development and understanding of culture, technology and emerging markets.  This type of opportunity is exactly why I came to Microsoft back in 2007.  When I go back and read my post, Todo Tiene Su Final, recounting my experiences going through IE’s Global MBA, I’m reminded of the inspiration I felt moving into that big transition in my life.

The past three years living in Seattle, working as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft have been incredible.  Some of the highlights that stand out are:

I’m really going to miss the amazing Seattle summer, my friends and family, and being so close to Maui; but I’m ultra grateful for the opportunity Microsoft is providing.

imageI have so much to learn, not the least of which is Mandarin!  After doing some research I decided to use fluenz and I’m really impressed by it.  The passion and attention to detail the fluenz team has put into developing their products is immediately clear.  It should be an inspiration for all of us dedicated to delivering high-end user experiences.  My goal is to be conversationally proficient by end of this year.  Wish me luck 🙂

In addition to learning the language and diving deeply into the technology scene I’m planning to doing some bicycle touring and mountaineering which should be a great way to experience the country.  I’ve been getting really into photography lately and I’ll try to post more pictures here.

I find it really interesting how opportunities in life unfold.  For me it’s always been about throwing myself out there and being open to new experience and adventure.  If living in China is anything like my experience living in Spain, I’m sure it will be life defining.

If you are in China and want to connect, just let me know!

Todo Tiene Su Final

The title of this article pretty much sums it up… “Todo Tiene Su Final��? translates to “Everything Has an End��?. This is a really famous salsa song by Hector Lavoe. Today has been a big day for me. It was my last day at my current job and I ended the last class of my MBA about fifteen minutes ago.

None of it has really sunk in yet but I am full of conflicting emotions. The past year and half during my MBA at the Instituto de Empresa has been a time of deep personal evaluation and growth. Recounting some of the significant events:

  • Accepted at one of the world’s best business schools
  • Finished Lanzarote Ironman in the Canary Islands
  • Attended PMI Global Congress in Madrid
  • Attended IE Conference in Madrid
  • Promoted to project manager position
  • Attended PMI Global Congress in Seattle
  • Attended IE Conference in Mumbai
  • Visited Thailand
  • Attended another IE Conference in Madrid
  • Landed a dream job at Microsoft
  • Completed my MBA

Wow… As I type it out, I really can’t believe it is coming to an end. Everything is packed and I moving off Maui to start the next chapter in three days.

I generally don’t share things quite this personal on this blog but I know that many of my classmates have gone through a similar transformation over the past couple of years and I hope some of these little things can help bring some closure.

I’ll miss my Friday evenings with my international crew from: China, India, Morocco, Japan, Germany, Russia, Dubai, South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Italy, UK, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Free Eric Volz – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

The more people around the world become aware of Eric Volz’s case, the better chance he will have of getting out of Nicaraguan prison with his life. It doesn’t take long to listen to facts to believe that this man was unjustly convicted of this murder.

Please take a moment to watch this video, checkout his web site, make a decision for yourself. Then please write to your government representatives.

Website
http://www.friendsofericvolz.com/

U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

U.S. Congresspersons
http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml