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Monday, July 03, 2006

Who's Mini?

Some of former Microsoft Technical Evangelist Robert Scoble's readers conducted an exit interview of him and posed great questions. I was particularly intrigued by the following:
JEFFREY ASKS: “Who’s Mini?”

"I don’t know. He says he met me once, though. The only guy I know who knows him is Jay Greene who is a journalist at BusinessWeek. I asked him to sell Mini out, but, of course, Jay refused. I’m sure Jay will be happy to confirm to anyone that Mini isn’t me, though. (I’ve been asked that more than once lately)."

Mini is a Microsoft employee who publishes anonymous, often highly critical, views of Microsoft's leadership at the popular Mini-Microsoft blog. (See his March 28, 206 post headlined "Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now!") He blogs  under the name "Who da'Punk" and wants management to "slim down Microsoft into a lean, mean, efficient customer pleasing profit making machine!." See "Vic Gundotra Goes to Google, RIF Comes to Microsoft? "

To read about the impact Mini has had inside Microsoft among many employees, see Seattle Times reporter Danny Westneat's May 28, 2006 article headlined "Microsoft's Mystery Insider." The article caused Mini to scale back his insider blogging about Microsoft. "See "All Good Things..." It seems as if he may start up again as opposed to just linking to what others say about Microsoft.

Also see "A Rendezvous With Microsoft's Deep Throat," the Jay Greene article Scoble referred to above.

By the way, Scoble starts work at Podtech.Net this week.


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