The podcast certainly presents challenges — the producer and I take on the task of recording potentially dry material in a fun, unique way. One of my contributions is going through the script and seeing where I can add a dumb joke or two.
Being involved in Look Both Ways has been so valuable to me. I’ve always placed importance on having a wide variety of interests, often developing curiosity about different things. It's a muscle that I like to always keep exercising. Look Both Ways forces me to learn about new ideas and keeps my curiosity alive.
It also keeps me thinking and talking about fresh, new topics. I find that this is beneficial when on calls with our teams, our clients, and even our partners. I do a lot of this as Kin + Carta’s Azure Platform Architect. In this role, I am responsible for internally and externally promoting and growing our ability to deliver solutions on Azure, as part of our partnership with Microsoft. Working in a role that collaborates with our partners so directly has been great. I’ve never done this type of work before. I’ve primarily been on the consulting side of our business in roles such as Architect and Director of Engineering, building an internal community around engineering as a practice. When this opportunity opened, it was a chance for me to dive deeper into Azure, which excited me.
Working with Microsoft has been a whole new sphere, and I’ve loved it. I’m learning how to sell to two different audiences — sometimes we'll go to Microsoft for an opportunity, and other times, Microsoft will come to us. In the market, we’re a different kind of partner and can fill gaps for the technology channels out there. Our approach is to figure out what people's problems are and then determine the right way to solve them. If that’s through Azure, I’ll recommend an offering with it included. If it’s through another platform, I’ll find the next best tool.