is an old friend of mine. We met on
the MSDN Events team
We did not, however work together all that much. The MSDN Events team is distributed, with different employees living in different states.
When I was still there, I was living in Portland and being managed by a guy who lives in Kentucky who reported to a guy who lives in Texas who reported to a guy who lived in Redmond.
Yeah. It was pretty crazy.
The job itself was nuts, too, and Anand and I spent most of this video just talking about life as MSDN Events Presenters - having to fly around, constantly wake up in different time zones, get used to adjusting your watch, presenting in cities that were so
high up that there wasn't even any stinkin' oxygen, and so on.
This video, then, is a conversation between Anand and me. We talk about many things, but, mostly, we're just happy to see each other. It was the first time in months, and it's obvious. I missed him very much - he's a good guy and a fabulous presenter.
Finally, this video covers a lot
of ground, but one thing we cover that is especially important is racism in the tech industry. Anand was born in Bombay, and he's taken a lot of flak for his heritage. I remember how this resulted in some reprehensible
I wanted everybdy to know that the racism in the tech industry - and there is
more than anybody's willing to own up to - actually affects people. I thought that, if you all saw first hand that it hits people like Anand, then maybe you'd think a little deeper about what it is you're upset about.