Joining Microsoft

Posted by Andrew on September 02, 2008

I’m very excited to announce that, starting November, I’ll be working as a dev within the SQL Server DP group - specifically on the .

The position is based in Redmond but I missed the H1B this year and so we’re heading up to the . By all accounts, Vancouver is a great place to live and my wife and I are looking forward to the change of scene - We both ski too and are stoked about having one of the right on our doorstep :-)

The decision to leave , the company I co-founded was, of course, not taken lightly. I’m highly proud of what I helped create there - especially LightSpeed (my baby originally). I will particularly miss the variety of discussion that occurs in a small, developer-led shop like Mindscape. In my opinion, starting a company is a truly worthwhile experience because it forces you to consider all those things other than the code - You quickly learn that it’s those things that matter more.

That said, working for a company like Microsoft gives you the opportunity to touch many, many people’s lives…and, hopefully, make them just a little bit better.


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  1. Tim HainesNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 07:37:17 CDT

    Congrats Andrew - MS will be lucky to have you on board. I hope you have an awesome time there. I’m super jealous of the mountain you’ll be living next to.


  2. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 07:42:57 CDT

    Congratulations Andrew…
    Vancouver is great, in case I’d decide to leave Italy again, I’d love Canada better than USA.

  3. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 07:44:48 CDT

    Wow - congrats!

    Thats fantastic news. It seems like the EF team really need people who have coal face experience with building apps.

  4. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 07:49:33 CDT

    Congratulations Andrew.
    If they keep this up we can do poker nights @ redmond with a bunch of kiwi’s.

  5. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:10:03 CDT

    Congratulations on the gig… Hope you enjoy it!

  6. KaraNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:22:32 CDT

    Congrats - proud of you :-x

  7. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:28:51 CDT

    good on you AP! Going to work with Alex James by any chance?

  8. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:29:30 CDT

    Congrats on the move. You’re a very talented developer and deserve the recognition.

  9. AndrewNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:36:22 CDT

    Thanks all!

    @Nic, there is that possibility ;-)

  10. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:36:36 CDT

    A smart community kiwi joins Microsoft: Andrew Peters…

    A smart community kiwi joins Microsoft: Andrew Peters…

  11. StuNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 09:43:43 CDT

    Nice work AP!

    Have always been keen on visiting Vancouver - now we have someone to stay with! ;)

  12. Igor LoginovNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:07:59 CDT

    Congratulations Andrew, an exciting moment in your life. Sure, you’ll make EF lighter and speedy :)

  13. Martin HarrisNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 13:00:51 CDT

    Congratulations! Very exciting time ahead.

  14. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 15:38:14 CDT

    Congratulations dude!

    Microsoft are lucky to have you and no doubt a lot of people who have experienced the joy of Lightspeed are hoping you can provide the same kind of inspired approaches and insights to EF.

  15. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:05:05 CDT

    congrats Andrew, hope you really enjoy yourself. MS are lucky to have you on board.

    Congrats again.

  16. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:50:59 CDT

    Congratulations man. Looking forward to the impact you will make on the EF - will be all the better for it.

  17. Gang XuNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 19:42:43 CDT

    Congrats man!

    Have fun at Microsoft and enjoy Vancouver’s snow :-)


  18. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 19:51:55 CDT

    Looking forward to having you on the team!

    There is nothing like a little bit of Kiwi to improve a team.

  19. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 19:58:39 CDT

    Andrew Peters joining the EF team…

    Just a short one today, but a good one. Andrew Peters is on his way to Vancouver soon to join the Entity…

  20. Hampton CatlinNo Gravatar Tue, 02 Sep 2008 23:27:18 CDT


    Congratulations on joining Microsoft. Ping my friend Ryan McMinn if you are ever down at the Redmond Campus… he was the one who pushed me to get Haml out there to the world, and you helped get it to a new community.

    Kudos to you and goodluck!


  21. Wed, 03 Sep 2008 00:14:32 CDT

    Congratulations, Andrew!

    I’m on a flight on Friday from Brisbane to Redmond… It is a big move, good luck with all the preparations! Hope I see you kicking around up there sometime.


  22. Wed, 03 Sep 2008 01:48:04 CDT

    Awesome news - I look forward to seeing what you can come up with in the EF group, I’ll imagine you’ll have plenty of fun!

  23. Wed, 03 Sep 2008 05:05:05 CDT

    Awesome work man, and very much deserved. Looking forward to seeing what you help create in the EF. All the best!!

  24. Wed, 03 Sep 2008 19:37:45 CDT

    Great news Andrew. I’m sure we’ll cross paths! :-)


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  26. stuart clarkNo Gravatar Thu, 04 Sep 2008 04:32:59 CDT

    Congratulations best of luck!

  27. Tim RobertsNo Gravatar Thu, 04 Sep 2008 09:28:00 CDT

    Congratulations Andrew nice work and best of luck!

  28. AndrewNo Gravatar Thu, 04 Sep 2008 19:28:40 CDT


    Thanks! Hope to meet/see some of you soon.

  29. AlvinNo Gravatar Tue, 09 Sep 2008 08:36:23 CDT

    This is great news for EF!

  30. Adam RosnerNo Gravatar Tue, 09 Sep 2008 21:33:47 CDT

    This is good news… good luck to you and Kara. Enjoy Vancouver, I’d take Canada over the USA any day of the week (-:

  31. Sun, 21 Sep 2008 16:44:34 CDT


    I’m off to Canada shortly too! Although I’m just going to be a ski bum to start with.

  32. LeeNo Gravatar Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:13:23 CDT

    Just got back from hols and booyaa you are going corporate. All the best - I bet you will miss getting beat by fish hooks on the river.

  33. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 14:55:05 CDT

    As usual, I’m at least 2 months behind everybody else. Well done Andrew and don’t worry about Scott Hanselman wants to crush you! Keep up the good work.