The end of the year is a blur of traditions, predictions, champagne, diet resolutions, family time and, of course, annual “best of” lists for everything and anything you can imagine.
As we don’t want to be left out in the cold, here at JobsBlog we’ve compiled a list of our Top Ten Microspotting profiles of some of the intriguing employees who made Microsoft tick in 2011. With one twist; our list goes to eleven.
This year, we interviewed lone employees who pioneered roles as female developers and employees oercoming challenges. We also got to know communities like Microsoft’s a cappella group and couples who found love at the company. We met those who are exploring the frontiers of technology and others who are educating the next generation of tech innovators. And, of course, we sniffed out the unexpected from the former NFL prospect who went pro at Microsoft to the employee who moonlights as the mascot for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks (and uses the position to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis).
Without further fanfare, here is our list of our favorite Microspotting stories from 2011. The stories are not ranked in any particular order, but all are sure to inspire.
1. Ben Martens, North America’s most ambitious ski bum
2. Our Valentine’s Day tribute to love found at Microsoft
3. Janet Galore, explaining the future of technology
4. Ryan Asdourian, Microsoft’s #1 Seahawks fan and superhero fundraiser
5. Ed Donahue & Ashley Myers, two-time Imagine Cup finalists and Microsoft co-workers
6. Sue Loh, inspiring future coders through retro gaming
7. Besty Speare, blazing trails and building community for female developers
8. Jenny Lay Flurrie, embracing disability, finding success and helping others do the same
9. Boris Erickson, Xbox LIVE’s Enforcement Unicorn Ninja (yes, you read that correctly)
10. Albert Rocker, former NFL prospect goes pro at Microsoft
11. The BaudBoys, Microsoft’s Kings of Geek-A-Capella