John Battelle Interviews Gary Flake

Gary is an industry vertern now at Microsoft. Go read the interview for some insider techie talk about search and communities.

From the post:

“Let’s talk about people as a preface to culture, because I want to get the “evil” thing out of the way. I know the reputation that MS has with some communities. I was hacking Linux in the early nineties, I have a four digit Slashdot userid, and I’ve personally written over 100,000 lines of open source code. I say all of this to qualify my opinion. Being new to MS, the biggest surprise for me was the people. I knew they were smart. I knew they were driven. I knew they were competitive. But I had no idea they would also collectively tend towards kindness, openness, self-criticism, passion, righteousness, and even uncertainty. These are great people — from the executive team down to the rank and file — these are simply wonderful people in every way.”

About Daniel Davenport

Daniel is a digital media executive with internet and broadcast experience. Daniel is currently the executive strategy director at THINK Interactive.

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