Don Dodge:Laid off? Welcome to the next chapter

I found out today that Microsoft’s evangelist Don Dodge was among the 800+ in the latest round of layoffs. If you’re in tech, you probably know Don, but if you’re not, you’d want to–in a business filled with lots of arrogant assholes whose skills don’t match their public self-esteem Don stands out as smart, refreshingly low key and tireless when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs and excellence. When Lisa and I were at TechStars, interacting with Don and getting his support was a bright spot.

So, the big company laid the guy off. And he says he didn’t see it coming. And that’s he’s looking forward to the next big thing.  Don, I went through a similar layoff myself, about 18 months ago, and, in truth, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Giving up mu corporate title and salary was a small trade off for the chance to turn my passions into projects and to work on amazing things–a kick in the ass that transformed everything.

Don, you are a quality person, and the world is lucky to have a chance to get more of you. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter is for you, and if I can be of help in any way, I’d be honored.

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  1. DonDodge says:

    Thank you Susan. I really appreciate the kind words. You and Lisa are an amazing team. I hope you enjoyed the TechStars experience as much as I did.
    Good luck in the future. I know our paths will cross again.
    Don Dodge

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