Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog
There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services
Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new
platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if
not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what
Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts.
I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different
perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of
the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understanding the
Let me start by giving a hat tip to the AMZN guys. Their web services
platform (AWS) has really been at the tip of the spear for cloud computing.
or the sake of this discussion, when I use the term “cloud computing,” I
am talking about the developer platf... (more)
There’s been a new round of noise in what I like to call the “What is the
Cloud?” discussion. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people seem
stuck on this one question, despite the fact that having an answer to it is
not the asset people seem to think it is. The cloud is evolving, with or
without us, and is doing so based on the needs and demands of developers.
So it was with some amusement that I caught wind of the “secret” open
cloud manifesto being circulated to some of the top companies. My boss has
posted the Microsoft stance on the open cloud manifesto, and I wanted... (more)
One of the things that I have been loving about being back at Microsoft is
working in the Developer Platform team. I have always been a geek, and have
this latent developer hiding inside of me. I love designing interesting
applications and services, and love to roll some code when I can, though my
close friends will tell you that it’s not a good idea to let me have a
compiler handy. I wish I had more time to work on those projects.
I have a very, very strong outside-in view on the developer platform. My
last company was built on Ruby on Rails. I think Python is a beautiful
It seems I can’t have any discussions with entrepreneurs without the topic
of Instagram coming up. They all think that now is their time to strike the
iron since the valuations are going to the stratosphere.
I want to be very specific and clear on this point. Facebook bought
Instagram. Instagram was not sold to Facebook. That’s an important
distinction, and lends well to the conclusion of this discussion.
Before we get there, for all the entrepreneurs out there, I wanted to share
some experience on the topic of road shows. The very first road show in
which I participated was... (more)
New Year 2010 on Ulitzer
In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t
want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary
table. The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional
interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people.
99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become
A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise
Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP
World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)