Post by Rob Collie
GENERAL MADINE: “General Solo, is your Strike Team Ready?”
SOLO: “We’re making huge strides. The Death Star is Toast.”
Avi Singh Joins PowerPivotPro Full-Time!
File under “Coup, Major.” Folks, this is a CRAZY cool moment for us at PowerPivotPro. We like to think of ourselves as the Rebel Alliance of Data, and seriously, we feel like we’ve found our Luke Skywalker.
That’s Right: Avichal (“Avi”) Singh has left Microsoft to become a full-time member of the team here at PowerPivotPro. Microsoft’s loss is our gain, which is… ALSO Microsoft’s gain, ultimately. Because in this role, Avi is going to “light up” people and organizations all over the world. As opposed to performing data miracles strictly within the internal Microsoft org, he’s going to be helping MANY OTHERS perform their OWN miracles. With MS’s platform, of course, which is great for them.
So hey Microsoft, please don’t be TOO upset with us for poaching him. But really, we did nothing of the sort. He um, kinda stalked US. Let me explain.
To Build A Different Kind of Firm, You Need a Different Kind of Person
I had just finished a presentation at BA CON ‘14 in San Jose, California – a presentation I had opened with the theme of “I have the best job in the world – I work in data, and I get to spread HAPPY wherever I go.” (Which is the truth, btw).
Out in the hallway after the talk, I met Avi in person for the first time. Like me at the time, you probably know Avi primarily through the excellent guest posts that he has penned from time to time.
The written word does not do justice to the “in person” version of this human. He is one of the absolutely most sincere, genuine, and positive people I have ever met, and that was clear in the first two minutes. (If I say he’s in the Donald Farmer Zone, I mean it as a compliment to both gentlemen).
What followed was LITERALLY a “hand on heart” moment. The very first thing Avi said to me, in reaction to the talk I’d just given, was to zero in on that “spreading HAPPY” theme. He said something like “That’s so true, I’ve seen it! And I feel it… in my heart.” And to emphasize that last part, he lightly bumped his fist to his heart. That moment was so incredibly genuine, and conveyed several years’ worth of information in an instant: this guy was special.
You kinda had to be there to see why that was so impactful, so convincing to me, but if you get to meet Avi in person, you will see what I mean. And I think you will ALSO see what I mean in the coming months, as you hear from him more often on this site and in other media.
“Different” Kind of Firm? “Reinventing” an Industry?