Ian is a startup advisor and investor. He's recently a 14 year veteran of Microsoft, working in partner channel strategy, hardware planning and engineering, and Azure Cloud. He went on to be the Global Managing Director of Microsoft for startups. Ian co-founded the political news site Raw Story. He has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in politics and French from Oberlin College.
"Follow your gut feelings and your intuition. Have a piece of passion and curiosity. With that I think you can drive tremendous results and very satisfying results both for yourself as well as for the companies, the clients, the customers, and the colleagues that you work with." - Jesper FrederiksenPlay Episode
"You want to keep them motivated, you want to keep them moving forward, but at the same time you want to make sure that they understand that there are lessons to be learned and they should listen. People get too close to what they're passionate about and sometimes ignore all the facts." - Alan BoehmePlay Episode
"When you have intellectual work, you're not always going to have good intellectual days. Sitting there and trying to make it happen is just burning out something that we don't have an endless capacity for. If you're not doing great work today, forget it, go for a walk." - Cindy AlvarezPlay Episode
"There is purpose in all sorts of things that we do. If you can make someone's job easier, if you can help someone sleep better at night, or whatever it is. Reach out and have those conversations. Understand the context of the people that interact with those products and services." - Christi ZuberPlay Episode
"You can't believe everything you read, see, or hear at first glance. Just because we're pattern-matching animals doesn't mean that your conclusion is accurate. It just means you matched some pattern. That pattern may or may not be useful at all." - Mike DolbecPlay Episode