Goodbye Boston, Hello Seattle

When I was a kid, whenever my family flew somewhere, my mother would say “goodbye current-City, hello target-City” just as the plane was taking off the ground. This habit inspired a fair bit of eye-rolling during my teenage years (what didn’t?) but lately I catch myself saying it every time I board a plane with my wife. I guess the affliction is sure to be passed on to my future children. Mom will be so proud.

Believe it or not, I have a reason for sharing this fascinating anecdote — I’ve decided on my next career move (and it involves travel.) I’m joining the Xbox Live Arcade team at Microsoft as “Worldwide Games Portfolio Planner”. So… goodbye Boston, hello Seattle!

This whole thing came together fairly recently (and quickly). But if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you won’t be surprised by my decision. Xbox Live Arcade is one of the most exciting things currently happening in the game industry. The XLA team seems motivated and entrepreneurial, and I can’t wait to join it!

Unfortunately, my decision to join Microsoft will inevitably lead some people to question what I’ve written in the past, and certainly to question what I write in the future. To those people, I can only say:

  • I have always been enthusiastic about digital distribution, casual gaming, and XLA in specific — you can go way back into this blog’s archives to see that. If I wasn’t so enthusiastic, I wouldn’t be making this move!
  • I can’t deny that working at Microsoft will likely color my perspective going forward. I’ll be exposed to many things which I simply cannot reveal in this blog, but which inevitably will influence my opinions. As such, in the future I’ll strive — in general — to write about more “neutral” subjects (i.e. not console war stuff… though I’m sure I won’t be able to resist a jab from time to time.) I may also find it difficult to continue my current pace of posts… but I really hope not.

It will be a few more weeks before I start. In the meantime, I’m going to be looking for a new home, wrapping up some personal business matters, saying goodbye to friends in Boston, etc. The latter is particularly hard — I’ve made a lot of good friends here, and I’m sorry to leave them. But hey: I’ll have a guest room in my new place, and it isn’t there for nothing. :-)

10 responses to “Goodbye Boston, Hello Seattle

  1. Congratulations on the position! Sounds cushy.

    I’m looking forward to reading more articles on strategy now that you are heavily involved with portfolio management. I’ve been dying to read a blog on hardcore strategy, but apparently, everyone writes their content so that there’s more value to the layman and less value to other businesspeople.

    Remember to update your LinkedIn profile. :)

  2. Whenever we used to go an a journey when I was a teenager, my mum always used to say that, whenever we used to go on a journey when I was a kid, my dad always used to say a prayer. But I don’t actually remember him doing it. When I was a kid.

    Anyway, good luck!

  3. WOW! Congrats, David! I am jealous – XLA is one of the coolest things in my universe as well, and I’d love to either produce games for Live Arcade or work for XLA itself. Great score – you’re very deserving of the position and I’m sure you’ll absolutely kick ass.

  4. Congratulations, David! Heh, I’m reading this the day before I fly up to Seattle for a meeting. Have you already made the move, or are you still packing?

  5. Congratulations David! When do you leave?

  6. Thats great Dave – Congratulations. Hope you make it back to NYC one of these days and we can finally hoist a pint at Rosie O\’Grady\’s!

  7. Great News David, Congratulations! Wish you have a great time at Microsoft. Been enjoying your posts for a few months now and hope that you would continue writing even if the topics have to be neutral :)

  8. Hey congrats…sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully you’ll be able to keep up this site on a regular basis.

    Will you be working with Chris Di Cesare at all?

  9. Thanks for all the congratulations and well-wishes, everyone!

    I’m moving in mid-September, give or take a couple days. Preparing for the move, looking for a new home, saying goodbyes, etc, is driving me pretty crazy right now. Please forgive my slower-than-normal response time. ;-)

  10. Jon Estanislao

    Congratulations on the move! You’ll be working with some great people there.

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