Yesterday Don Dodge was laid off from Microsoft. The startups community did a pretty good job of being a) absolutely shocked b) supportive and c) lending support. Don was the most public advocate for startups at Microsoft, and his firing is being taken as another ‘Microsoft doesn’t get it’ case study. I let those arguments happen elsewhere, I’m interested in what is next for Don. Don has a great track record at AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, Groove and MicroSoft.
From a comment on the TechCrunch post Don says:
The support from the tech community has been overwhelming. I had no idea. I truly appreciate it.
There have been lots of offers and requests to talk from the biggest names in the business. All the usual suspects. And lots of interesting startups are reaching out. I hope to take some time to evaluate where I can add the most value.
Here are my guesses on what is next:
Someone has to have seen the massive community outpouring of support and thought to themselves, ‘you know, we might have gotten the wrong guy.’ A rehire with a bonus of a few staff with him.
Nothing makes a googler happier that a employee or toy that their competition can’t have. Google needs a Don type to work with startups. They have a Boston office.
Total shot in the dark, they are not in Boston, nor really need Don. I think this would be a great fit from the outside.
Random Will Be Big Startup
Don has a history of helping startups become big, so look out for a company either raising a round because of Don or starting a sprint.
Can’t wait to think about government agency working with a guy so plugged into the startup scene.
Biggest tech blog in which Don is already a writer. Would love to see him write more!